- Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
At the end, everyone got what they wanted. President Jacob Zuma made it through his State of the Nation Address (Sona), the Economic Freedom Fighters caused a din and held up proceedings and the Democratic Alliance came across as the reasonable guys. Even Mosiuoa Lekota got what he wanted – five minutes of fame on the biggest night on the parliamentary calendar. And Mangosuthu Buthelezi looked mightily pleased to crack an acknowledgement in the speech. The Sona was a mega appeasement effort to the business and investment community to undo the damage Zuma had inflicted on the economy. His general message to South Africa was: I have heard you. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
For the first time in 21 years the President did not walk up the red carpet. Bucking tradition President Jacob Zuma drove up Parliament Avenue in an armoured vehicle widely dubbed “Pope mobile”. Zuma waved as he sped past naval officers doubling up as protocol officers, assembled uniformed police, a variety of other security services, and a phalanx of government employees. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Flat. Dry. Nothing new. No details beyond removing red tape for investors in the wake of the glimmer of a silver lining when President Jacob Zuma reached that line in his speech with “turn-around strategy.” This was the reaction from opposition parties after Zuma’s State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
One of the thing s forecasters try to do is to identify “tipping points” or points at which an issue within their field of expertise crosses a certain threshold after which change is inevitable. Investors try to predict tipping points most of us can only identify them long after they have already happened. The privatization of Eskom - or parts of it- is a recurring topic. Is it about to happen? By DIRK DE VOS
The words Thuli Madonsela used to describe President Jacob Zuma’s sensational legal U-Turns at the Constitutional Court took many by surprise. The smell of burnt rubber was still wafting through the air and here was the Public Protector describing Zuma as “brave” and “magnanimous”. But there is an important life lesson to be learnt here, writes ALEX ALISEEV.
This week the WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee meeting on the Zika Virus concluded that the outbreak of the Zika virus is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern but saw no health justification in restricting travel and trade in areas affected by the virus. There was no mention of the complexities of South Africa’s poor sexual and reproductive health services, should a possible outbreak occur. By MARION STEVENS.
An internal directive by South African Bureau of Standards CEO Dr Boni Mehlomakulu in 2015 requires that SABS Test House only perform “full testing” in future, and puts an end to “partial testing” by the SABS. This has elicited outrage from a wide range of industry associations in the electrical engineering sector. By CHRIS YELLAND and PIERRE POTGIETER for EE PUBLISHERS.
The #FeesMustFall and #RhodesMustFall campaigns, may raise wider questions going beyond the educational realm and offer a prism through which we can look at post 1994 South Africa and ask troubling questions about the nature of this society. Are we in fact, living in a “post apartheid society”, when considering the quality of life of the majority of South Africans? To what extent do apartheid structural patterns of inequality persist today? Twenty-two years after democracy, how do the conditions of access to university of black students compare with that of white students? By RAYMOND SUTTNER.
On Thursday evening, President Jacob Zuma will stand at the front of Parliament with his hand on his heart as the military band plays the stirring notes of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, the 21-gun salute thunders and fighter planes roar overhead. It is a poignant moment at the Opening of Parliament every year, a brief moment of unity and patriotism. This year, the national salute will be taken by a man unworthy of the honour of leading the Republic of South Africa. He shamed himself and he shamed the Parliament he will enter. But Zuma will stand at the podium and Parliament and deliver the State of the Nation Address because he is incapable of recognising the disgrace he brought to himself and the nation. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
Tokelo Nhlapo’s article “F*** white people’ is an appropriate expression of black pain”, got me thinking. I like that. It also made me uncomfortable, but not in a good, get-your-mind-bent-around-this-new-perspective way, but rather because it hijacks the slogan and then turns it into a black Steve Hofmeyer – Sunette Bridges-type tirade. By Donald MacKay.
I must apologise. A senior ANC cadre was to present this 2015 Luthuli Housekeeping Report today, but unfortunately Comrade Marius Fransman was suddenly called away. So I agreed to step in and try and fill his shoes. Of course as a member of the ANC, I am not permitted to have any opinions in public, or speak for the party without politburo clearance, so therefore I am here today speaking to you in a personal capacity as a Gogo, a Citizen and a Christian. By PIETER-DIRK UYS.
After two years of deflections, denials and parallel investigations, President Jacob Zuma, through lawyers, on Tuesday conceded the Public Protector’s remedial actions are binding and other Nkandla investigations are invalid. What does it mean for a president under pressure? GREG NICOLSON reports from the Constitutional Court.
After two years of bitter wrangling, the matter regarding the exorbitant security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence finally hit the Constitutional Court. The legal proceedings and their outcome—to be continued!—were not the only interesting part of a day that was proved a vindication of the bare-knuckle politic tactics of the ANC’s youthful breakaway faction—the Economic Freedom Fighters, and their leader, Julius Malema. By RICHARD POPLAK.
According to the latest Afrobarometer survey, six out of ten South Africans are ready to forego elections in favour of guaranteed basic services. There is also a decline in trusting the country’s democracy. The drop in satisfaction with South Africa’s democracy is twinned with an all-time-low trust and approval rating of President Jacob Zuma. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Nkandla has become a symbol of broken politics. Nothing can convey the political havoc wrought by the Nkandla scandal than the sight of lawyers for the President, the EFF, the DA, the National Assembly, the Police Minister, the Public Protector and Corruption Watch all arguing in front of a bench. The judgment, when it comes, is likely to have deep significance. Perhaps we're reaching a tipping-point. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
To this day in places such as Mpumalanga township in Hammarsdale, the epicentre of much of the blood-letting, the ruins of destroyed homes remain a stark reminder of the horrors. Those who recall the bloody low-level civil war that raged between the IFP and the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal during the eighties fear that the tensions between the ANC and its alliance partner the SACP fear a similar chapter may have begun. By CYRIL MADLALA.
The rains have come and the hills of Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal, are green again. The stench of rotting cattle that clogged the air in October, November and December is gone, but here and there white ribcages of the thousands of cattle that have died dot the fields. The toll on the 75,000 cattle farmers in the area has been great. By YVES VANDERHAEGHEN & DONNA HORNBY.
Parliament is determined to host the State of the Nation Address by President Jacob Zuma as an orderly, high-level event of national importance. But questions surrounding the tough - some say paranoid - security measures remained unanswered by Parliament’s presiding officers and administration. The securocrat shadow hangs over Thursday 11th presidential setting out of priorities for the year at the traditional opening of the national legislature. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Politicians have the right to criticise anyone without the fear of intimidation, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said on Tuesday, while the Gupta family has accused the EFF of threatening violence and xenophobia in its urgent application to interdict the party's leader Julius Malema and its members from further tough talk. By Karabo Ngoepe, Mpho Raborife and Jeff Wicks for News24