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Scorpio: Hogan Lovells declares 'disappointment' at Lord Hain accusations

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Newsflash: Asset Forfeiture Unit eyes R50-billion in state capture loot

Photo: Arnot Power Station (Eskom photo)

Scorpio: Gupta-linked Trillian and McKinsey’s assets to be frozen by order of High Court

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Scorpio: Lord Hain labels Moyane and Makwakwa ‘corrupt’, Hogan Lovells ‘either a willingly gullible or malevolent accomplice’


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Photo: Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille delivers a speech during a press conference for the Citylab at the Intercontinental Hotel in Paris, France, 23 October 2017. EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT

#CapeWatergate: DA hints Mayor De Lille to blame for water crisis mismanagement

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille (Daily Maverick) and DA leader Mmusi Maimane (EPA)

Analysis: Patricia de Lille and the battle for the heart and soul of the (factionalised) DA

By Marianne Merten
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump makes opening remarks as he holds a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 10 January 2018. Pictured from left to right: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; President Trump; US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis; and US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. EPA-EFE/Ron Sachs / POOL

US, SA agree not to step in the by-product of Trump’s racist statement


While you were sleeping: 16 January 2018

By John Stupart

Op-Ed: De Lille crisis reveals DA factionalism and extreme centralisation

By Raymond Suttner

Photo: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (flickr)

Zambia: Edgar Lungu’s heavy hand shows in response to cholera outbreak


Evita's Free Speech: Ep.125 – Evita hopes the Cyril dawn is nigh! (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille. (Photo: Leila Dee Dougan for Daily Maverick)

Op-Ed: Untangling the web of rules governing the DA’s handling of its De Lille problem

By Jaap de Visser
Photo: A method for detecting listeriosis in food products in Chile. Photo: Flickr

The creeping, fatal impact of listeriosis

By Bheki C. Simelane & Puseletso Nthate
Photo: Cape Town from Lion’s Head, by Jim Sher via Flickr.

Cape Town Mafia: Biggest underworld trial to expose politically connected in city’s economy of the night

By Marianne Thamm

Photo: Students stand around a Burundian flag during a candlelight vigil for the country, in Nairobi, Kenya, 16 December 2015. Students gathered at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi to remember Burundi that has been gripped by violence between police and opposition groups since April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term in office.  EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

ISS Today: Do global actors have what it takes to help Burundi?

File Photo: Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba. Photo: Greg Nicolson

Newsflash: Herman Mashaba sacks Joburg finance MMC for nepotism

By Greg Nicolson
File Photo: SA Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the third Science Forum South Africa held at CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, 7 December 2017 [Photo: GCIS]

Analysis: Winds of ANC change blowing strong

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: South African president Jacob Zuma reacts during a question and answer session in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 22 June 2017.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Parliamentary Notebook: From a Zuma exit to State Capture and land expropriation, a rocky year ahead

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Cape Town's Mayor Patricia de Lille delivers a press conference during the C40 Mayors Summit Global Leadership on Climate Change Group, in Mexico City, Mexico, 01 December 2016. EPA/Sáshenka Gutiérrez

Stay of execution as De Lille faces 60 days of scrutiny

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Public Protector, Busissiwe Mkhwebane. (EPA)

Letter to the Editor: Mkhwebane’s perilous bid to ingratiate herself with a cornered Zuma

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Levi Saunders (Unsplash)

Health-e News: Intersex people urge government to ban genital mutilation

Photo: Jessye Lapenn, the Chargé D’Affaires at the U.S. Mission to South Africa, administered the oath to Peace Corps volunteers on September 22, 2017. Photo: US Embassy SA (flickr)

South African government to démarche US embassy official over Trump’s slur

Photos: Suzy Bernstein

Theatre Review: Another One’s Bread – comedy packed with social commentary and political barbs

By Lesley Stones
Main Photo: Mapungubwe National Park is a World Heritage Site. Photos: TONY CARNIE

Tourist anger over cattle grazing in Mapungubwe national park

By Tony Carnie
Main photo: One of the posts by the fourth First Lady, Madam Thobeka Madiba-Zuma.

The Merry Wives of Nkandla: We know what they did this summer

By Marianne Thamm

A Boeing 737-800 passenger plane of Pegasus Airlines sits on a cliff crashed after going off the runway at Trabzon Airport in Trabzon, Turkey, 14 January 2018. According to reports, the aircraft flying from Ankara to Trabzon went off the tarmac after landing on 13 January. No injuries of the 162 passengers and 6 crew were reported in the accident.

While you were sleeping: 15 January 2018

Photo: President of Angola Joao Lourenco speaks to journalists during a news conference in Luanda, Angola, 08 January 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE/JOOST DE RAEYMAEKER

The SADC Wrap: Lourenço axes Dos Santos scion, Madagascar’s cyclone, fishy arrests in Mozambique

Photo: US President Donald J. Trump returns to the White House in Washington, D.C., USA, 07 January 2018. EPA-EFE/KEVIN DIETSCH / POOL

US: Trump’s cringeworthy prelude to a nasty, dangerous 2018

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: School pupils from the Minerva High School in Alexandra township.

Op-Ed: Everything’s not hunky-dory in education, but there are positive trends

By Nicky Roberts
Photo: Newly elected ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa sings before delivering the main speech during the ANC 106th anniversary celebrations in East London, South Africa, 13 January 2018. EPA-EFE/STR

ANC’s 106th: In his Big Speech, Ramaphosa envisions a better party for SA's better future 

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) and Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) during the 54th African National Congress National Conference held at the NASREC Convention Centre, Johannesburg , South Africa, 16 December 2017. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

ANC's 106th: At the last supper before the big speech, Ramaphosa preaches unity in diversity

By Carien du Plessis
File Photo: US President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a prison reform roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 11 January 2018.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW

Trump's slur against African countries causes outrage

File photo: Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille addresses a press conference, in 2017, on the Cape drought. Photo: Leila Dougan.

DA accused of hypocrisy in its handling of Patricia de Lille controversy

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, speaks during a media conference after the summit with African leaders from the underfunded G5 Sahel anti-terror coalition in La Celle Saint Cloud, near Paris, France, 13 December 2017. EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

ISS Today: Time for Africa to take concrete action in the DRC

Photo: Mandla Mandela (C), grandson of Nelson Mandela, attends a ceremony where he was installed as chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council in Mvezo, Eastern Cape. REUTERS/Antony Kaminju (SOUTH AFRICA)

ANC's 106th: Mandela gives ANC leadership a hard time

By Carien du Plessis
File Photo: Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the MDC-T (Movement for Democratic Change) addresses the media during a press conference, Harare, 16 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai’s ill-health forces debate on succession into the open

By Sally Nyakanyanga
Photo: Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile (YouTube screengrab)

'Bra Willie' eulogy: We will miss his epic poetry, baobab-wit and sage advice to leaders

By Parks Tau
Photo: A placard with the hashtag MeToo (#MeToo) stands on a desk during a debate to discuss preventive measures against sexual harassment and abuse in the EU at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 25 October 2017. EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER

Op-Ed: Breaking the Silence - Male Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Photo: Mthuthuzeli Swartz gives a media interview in 2014 in which he describes Metrorail’s plan to improve train services in the Western Cape. Archive photo: Mary-Anne Gontsana.

GroundUp: PRASA appoints CEO under investigation for corruption

By GroundUp

SARS Wars: KPMG ‘rogue unit’ independent inquiry grinds to a halt

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa (file photo by Daily Maverick)

ANC's 106th: Ramaphosa goes to Mandela heartland

By Carien du Plessis

Newsflash: We did it by the book, says Eskom on Suzanne Daniels

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Newsflash: Prospective students hurt during a chaotic registration day at Limpopo's Capricorn College

Main photo: Boitumelo Simela and her father, Lesole Simela. Photo: Willem van der Berg.

Matric results: Three good news stories from the Free State


Cattle on a dyke bordered by flood water at Fort Pannerden in Doornenburg, The Netherlands, 10 January 2018. After heavy rains and snow melt, the water levels in the Dutch rivers have risen.

While you were sleeping: 11 January 2018

By John Stupart
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Op-Ed: Cryptocurrencies – Digital gold, a bubble or an investment case?

By Daniel Polakow, Nico Katzke & Onno Huyser
File Photo: A shopper stops his vehicle to look at goods at a furniture store in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, 13 February 2017. According to a report last year by the World Bank Group, almost half of South Africa's urban population lives in townships and informal settlements, making up nearly 40 percent of working-age citizens. The main challenge is unlocking the potential in these areas in order to generate wider economic benefits.  The World Bank has now predicted a 1.1% growth in the economy in 2018. EPA/NIC BOTHMA.

World Bank predicts slight uptick for SA, though growth still lagging

By Nkateko Mabasa
Photo: School children walk past a line of police officers during the continuing #feesmustfall protests against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: School governance – Less about asserting power, more about recognition and respect

By Thabang Pooe & Faranaaz Veriava
Photo: File photos of President Jacob Zuma (EPA) and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (EPA).

State Capture Inquiry: Mkhwebane reacts, raising more questions than answers

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Susan Daniels seeks the upliftment of her suspension and compensation for legal costs incurred as well as for reputational damage she says has suffered as a result. (Parliament of RSA photo)

CCMA: Eskom goes all out to tackle ‘rogue’ executive, Suzanne Daniels

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Kohli fined after Centurion tantrum

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Firm headed by former DA heavyweights to net R650k for Cape Town drought communication

By News24

Norway wealth fund bans 9 groups, including BAE Systems


Suspended Gauteng health department head resigns

By News24

Russians cut back on drinking, smoking as fitness trend grows


Simone Biles: 'I was abused' by USA gymnastics doctor


Torture probe launched after 13 siblings held captive in US home


The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies aged 46


No Brexit deal would cost Scotland £12.7bn: study


SA Rugby confirms Steinhoff no longer Blitzboks sponsors

By News24
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Photo: Then ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) and outgoing President Jacob Zuma (L) during the 54th ANC National Conference held at the NASREC Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 December 2017. EPA-EFE/Cornell Tukiri

ANC's 106th: After the NEC meeting, lips zipped on Zuma’s fate

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: ANC new secretary-general Ace Magashule at the 54th conference in Nasrec in December 2017. (Daily Maverick)

ANC's 106th: The briefest brief of them all kicks off Ace Magashule's SG adventure

By Carien du Plessis
File Photo: Shadows of children are seen during a march in front of the Hector Pieterson Memorial on the 40th anniversary of the student uprising against the Apartheid regime in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, 16 June 2016 – Youth Day. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: It's time to repackage the South African solution

Photo: Former ANC president Jacob Zuma at the party's 54th conference in Nasrec, 16 December 2017 (photo by Leila Dee Dougan/Daily Maverick)

ANC's 106th: As tectonic plates are shifting, Zuma pulls State Capture Commission move

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: A protestor holds stones to throw at police forces during a violent service delivery protest in Ennerdale, Johannesburg, South Africa, 09 May 2017. The local community took to the streets blocking major roads in a second day of demonstrations as they protested a lack of housing and land for their community. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Analysis: Land expropriation exposes Ramaphosa's policy tightrope

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Patricia De Lille: “You need to give the people of the city of Cape Town hope, and show leadership.” Photo: Leila Dougan.

Cape Town faces hefty revenue shortfall due to water-saving tactics


Letter to the Editor: If we address poverty, inequality will take care of itself

Photo: President Jacob Zuma (EPA)

State Capture Inquiry: Zuma under pressure, announces commission headed by Deputy Chief Justice Zondo

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Embattled Mayor Patricia de Lille briefs the media on Tuesday 9 January 2018 on the city's water augmentation plan and the proposed drought charge. Photo: LEILA DOUGAN

Newsflash: I’m certainly not distracted, says Cape Town mayor De Lille amid water crisis

By Leila Dougan

Street Talk: Our heritage - our future? (Video)

By Street Talk
Photo: Student hopefuls queue up at the Vaal University of Technology on Monday during the first day of registration. Photo: Nkateko Mabasa

Tension mounts as university registration gets underway

Photo: Outgoing ANC President, Jacob Zuma during a walk at the 54th ANC National Conference held at the NASREC Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 December 2017. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

Removing Zuma? Crucially important, but not easy, or simple

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: New ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa after winning the presidential race during the 54th ANC National Conference held at the NASREC Convention Centre, Johannesburg , South Africa, 18 December 2017. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

ANC's 106th: Ramaphosa's push for unity continues

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: Police forces stand guard after running battles with students on the Wits University campus as ongoing protests continue against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 October 2016. EPA/CORNELL TUKIRI.

#FeesHaveFallen but uncertainty casts doubt on universities

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Morgan Tsvangirai (L), leader of the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) addresses the media during a press conference, Harare, 16 November 2017. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: It is time for the younger generation to lead – Tsvangirai


Op-Ed: Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency – an opportunity for clean-up and new beginning

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: The ANC's 54th National Elective Conference, 16 December 2017, Nasrec. (Photo by Ihsaan Haffejjee)

Op-Ed: The ANC National Elective Conference – more damage, more missed opportunities

Photo: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa (C) is flanked by his two vice presidents Constantino Chiwenga (L) and Kembo Mohadi (R), soon after they took oaths of office at the State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, 28 December 2017. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

The SADC Wrap: Cholera, a Zimbabwean anticlimax, and the Church vs. Joseph Kabila

Photo: Friends help a shocked women after she discovered that her entire shack had been destroyed by a fire that broke out in the shacks in the Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa, 07 December 2011. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Analysis: We must address inequality in South Africa, now

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Former ANC president Jacob Zuma and the current ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of the 54th ANC conference in Nasrec, 16 December 2017 (Ihsaan Haffejee)

ANC's 106th: Birthday cake approaching, it is still about unity – and KZN

By Carien du Plessis

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.124 – Evita on the ANC divorce and SA matrics (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.123 – Evita's Happy New Year (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: SA president Jacob Zuma at the 54th ANC conference in Nasrec, 18 December 2017. (Daily Maverick)

Op-Ed: Replacing the President of South Africa

By Anton Katz

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.122 – Evita's Echo of Christmas Past (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys

Evita's Real Fake News, Take 1: Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout with Cyril Ramaphosa (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys

Flying low: The Guptas could lose ZS-OAK, their private jet

By Richard Poplak

US President Donald J. Trump, joined by Republican members of the House and Senate, speaks about the passage of the Republican tax plan on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, USA 20 December 2017. The President is expected to sign the bill in January.

While you were sleeping: 22 December 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe addresses a church interface rally at Rufaro Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, 05 November 2017. The rally which was composed mainly by the apostolic sect was aimed at preaching peace and unity to ensure the country holds peaceful elections in 2018. Grace Mugabe also took the platform to attack vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa for attempting to topple Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI.

2017 Daily Maverick African Person of the Year: Grace Mugabe, the vanquisher of Robert

Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive for the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair at Messe Frankfurt, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 10 October 2017. EPA-EFE/ARMANDO BABANI

2017 Daily Maverick International Persons of the Year runners-up: Axis of Reason – Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron

By J Brooks Spector

2017 Daily Maverick South African Persons of the Year: The Whistle-blowers

By Jessica Bezuidenhout & Rebecca Davis
Photo: Makhosi Khoza quit as an ANC MP this year (GCIS)

2017 Daily Maverick South African Persons of the Year, Runners-Up: Those Who Found Their Voice

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: A protester holds up a sign at a #MeToo rally in front of the Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle in New York, New York, USA, 09 December 2017. EPA-EFE/PETER FOLEY

2017 Daily Maverick International Persons of the Year – The Silence Breakers

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Police take action during the fees must fall protests at Wits University. Photo: Greg Nicolson

Op-Ed: ‘They threw in stun grenades and closed the window’ – a trigger-happy democracy

By Sumeya Gasa
Photo by Hush Naidoo on Unsplash

Desperate times: Unemployed medics still battling for posts

By Marelise van der Merwe

Right of Reply: Daily Maverick should have requested comment – Gengezi Mgidlana

By Daily Maverick

Post Office suppliers’ long wait for the cheque in the mail

Photo: Newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa during delivery of his maiden speech towards the close of  the ANC's elective conference,  20 December 2017.  On stage with him, (from left) are: deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte,  national chairperson Gwede Mantashe and treasurer general Paul Mashatile.

TRAINSPOTTER: The ANC’s 54th Electoral Scamathon is (finally, finally) over, and the fix is in

By Richard Poplak
Original photos taken at the ANC's Elective conference at Nasrec, 16-20 December, 2017.  (Daily Maverick)

#ANCdecides2017: Balance is key in the coming weeks of 'two centres of power'

By Carien du Plessis

Zizi Kodwa and David Mahlobo address the media at the ANC elective conference, Wednesday 20 December 2017.

While you were sleeping: 21 December 2017

By John Stupart
Photo by Ihsaan Haffajee/Daily Maverick.

#ANCdecides2017: New NEC split down the middle

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Two ANC presidents, same co-ordinates: Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa at the beginning of ANC's 54th conference (Daily Maverick)

#ANCdecides2017: Five days, nine memorable moments

Photo: Enoch Godongwana, the outgoing ANC economic transformation sub-committee chairperson (Daily Maverick)

#ANCdecides2017: Land expropriation without compensation makes grand entrance

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his maiden address as ANC president. Nasrec, Johannesburg, December 2017. Photo: Leila Dougan

#ANCdecides2017: A new day dawns as Ramaphosa gives first address as ANC President

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to deliver his first address as ANC President at the 54th National Conference at Nasrec, Johannesburg. December 2017. Photo: Leila Dougan

Op-Ed: ‘We must act fearlessly against alleged corruption and abuse of office within our ranks’

By Cyril Ramaphosa

US: Donald Trump’s Yuge, Bigly first year as President. It was gonna be amazing, folks. It wasn’t.

By J Brooks Spector

#ANCdecides2017 Reflections: Fear and loathing in the Nasrec media pen

By Nkateko Mabasa
Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash

Op-Ed: Funky monitoring and evaluation – rhythm, stink or people’s power?

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Photo: Newly elected president Cyril Ramaphosa and outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma at the ANC's elective conference at Nasrec. Photo: Leila Dougan

#ANCdecides2017: Reporter’s notebook – End of Days

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Photo: Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini announces grant beneficiaries during a joint media briefing with NSFAS at Tshedimosetso House in Pretoria. South Africa. 10/01/2016. Siyabulela Duda

SassaGate: Dlamini costs affidavit inadvertently sets out chaos under her leadership

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Photo: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille hosts a media briefing on the city’s Water Resilience Plan on 17 August 2017. Photo: Leila Dougan/Chronicle

Explainer: The DA vs De Lille, and her fight-back plans to remain mayor of Cape Town

By Marelise van der Merwe