The Sascoc board suspended CEO Tubby Reddy this week on the back of allegations of sexual harassment. Allegations which were retracted in May by the complainant, only for the retraction to be rescinded soon thereafter and for the complainant to add a new claim – that her emails were hacked and that the apology was sent without her knowledge. Now a damning “investigative report” – with a myriad of caveats added – has been leaked to several newsrooms. The “report” casts serious suspicion on Sascoc President Gideon Sam and pinpoints one man – Jeffery, without a surname – as the main culprit. But there is more to this than meets the eye. By ANTOINETTE MULLER and PAULI VAN WYK.
Justice Dikgang Moseneke has been appointed to lead a key redress process aiming to bring healing to the families of Life Esidimeni patients, after more than 100 people died when they were moved from the facility to NGOs last year. Moseneke is the ideal candidate to address the pain caused. By GREG NICOLSON.
Everyone in the ruling party understands: what happens in the ANC stays in the ANC. Obedience and loyalty are key tenets. Under the leadership of Jacob Zuma this fidelity would morph into a form of Omerta, the Mafia’s code of silence and non co-operation with the outside world in matters of criminality. However, the edifice cracked in March 2016 when Mcebisi Jonas revealed the Gupta family had bribed him to accept the Finance Ministry. ANC MP Vytjie Mentor blew the whistle soon afterwards and has been hanging the ANC’s dirty laundry out to dry ever since. By MARIANNE THAMM.
The South African Human Rights Commission launched its first Civil and Political Rights Report, on 28 June 2017, which provides a snapshot of key developments around civil and political rights in South Africa during 2016/2017. The launch of the report coincided with the intimidation of journalists by the Black First Land First (BFL) group and threats by BFL to protest at the homes and places of worship of members of the media. These actions which were widely denounced brings focus to bear on important civil and political rights. By KATE TISSINGTON and FOLA ADELEKE.
In April this year, ousted National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana, deposed a damning affidavit accusing President Jacob Zuma’s legal adviser, Michael Hulley, of attempting to induce him to lie – under oath – that the President had not pressured him into leaving office. The capturing of the NPA by President Zuma is a matter of national public interest, as is the allegation that the President’s legal adviser might be guilty of defeating the ends of justice. The KZN Law Society, however, doesn’t think it’s worth investigating. By MARIANNNE THAMM.
The Gupta influence network reached into the heart of the Presidency, the #GuptaLeaks show, drawing into their web at least three people who were just a whisper away from President Jacob Zuma. They targeted officials holding positions of personal trust closest to Zuma, offering gifts, favours and business deals. Even the deputy president’s office was fair game. By SCORPIO, AMABHUNGANE and NEWS24.
amaBhungane and Scorpio, having extensively trawled the be-hashtagged #GuptaLeaks, have found that the Saxonwold Syndicate proposed business ties, however tangential, with four – four! – key staff members within the Presidency. Which proves the old battle adage: in order to capture the king, first you capture the castle. By RICHARD POPLAK.
Living on the northern-most portion of the Wild Coast of South Africa, the coastal Amadiba villages have been resisting the proposed Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project for over 10 years through directly confronting attempts to mine, and have also used the very land that is under threat of destruction as a weapon in creative ways. These tactics show us powerful forms of resistance to the state’s political project from above. They also they show us the seeds of alternative, democratic projects from below. By ANDREW BENNIE.
Every individual has the power to transform the world and make an impact. This is what Nelson Mandela tried to instil in South Africans when he fought for social justice for 67 years. DAILY MAVERICK spoke to ordinary South Africans about what Mandela's legacy means for them today, the former statesman's birthday.
On Monday security guards in Pretoria continued their fight against outsourcing by the Tshwane metro by occupying a space outside the offices of mayor, Solly Msimanga. The security guards stand to lose their jobs in a few months as the contacts which their employers have with the City of Tshwane will expire. By IHSAAN HAFFEJEE.
Some of the Gupta family’s most tireless defenders have been the leaders of the ANC’s former military wing: the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association. New evidence from the #GuptaLeaks emails reveals that this loyalty has come at a price, however, with the Guptas footing the bill for the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association’s four-day national general council in 2010, in addition to issuing the group shares in their company. Consider the military veterans officially captured. By SCORPIO and AMABHUNGANE.
The Islamic State’s legacy of a Caliphate will be the centrepiece of the immediate future as herein is embedded an imaginary world that has become reality; the martyr that was born against all odds, that was ruled by a governance structure, that provided a safe haven for those willing to make sacrifices and that was attacked by an alliance of “monsters”. By JASMINE OPPERMAN.
At the start of this month, prison guards at Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria injured inmates sentenced to life who were protesting against the delays in their parole processes. The Wits Justice Project (WJP) has seen pictures of four prisoners with head wounds and large bruises on their limbs. By RUTH HOPKINS and NKOSIKHONA KUMALO.
Just hours after Themba Godi, chair of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public accounts lashed out on Monday at shadowy individuals threatening the life of Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza, Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini fired the embattled CEO. The shocking move comes as Magwaza was putting finishing touches on a contract with the South African Post Office to replace CPS in March 2018 as the distributor of social grants to 17-million South Africans and worth a whopping R10-billion a month. Dlamini appears to be hell-bent on manufacturing another social grants crisis. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Democracy in Africa will be in the spotlight next month when Angola, Rwanda and Kenya go the polls. More than 30-million voters will decide whether their country should change tack or stay the course. Elections are usually a time for pressing national issues to be debated, and a chance for voters to hold their leaders to account. Three days in August to witness democracy in action? Not quite, writes TERENCE McNAMEE.
There is a remarkable silence on the part of the ANC in this week, which marks the 50th anniversary of Chief Albert Luthuli’s death. Luthuli died as ANC president in 1967 and was the first South African to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The ANC has made no statement on the matter or announced no commemoratory events. Luthuli, is an uncomfortable memory, for he represented ethical and leadership qualities that are in stark contrast to the squalor that marks the ANC of 2017. By RAYMOND SUTTNER.
The Labour Appeal Court handed down a judgment on 10 July that clarifies the status of employees hired through a temporary employment service, more commonly known as a labour broker and ruled the client company is considered the employer if a worker has been at the company more than three months. By Safura Abdool Karim for GROUNDUP.
Balancing HIV treatment with a myriad lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension is tricky. Patients have to take lots of pills, some medicines interact badly and there are side-effects. But this is the future of our clinics as HIV positive patients age and poor diet and lack of exercise take their toll. HEALTH-E’s Kerry Cullinan reports.
In November 2016 a sorrowful Brian Molefe announced he would resign from Eskom “in the interests of good corporate governance” after the Public Protector proved just how chummy he was with Gupta Inc. Three months later Molefe received a controversial R30-million golden handshake… err, performance bonus. No, make that a pension fund payout. Because Molefe – Eskom’s CEO at the time – got retrenched. Or resigned. Took early retirement? No, was on unpaid leave. Yeah, we all got lost in the absurdity that stopped short of maternity leave. Thanks to a series of emails and documents leaked from the heart of Eskom, SCORPIO now clears the confusion. By PAULI VAN WYK.
Think of it as one of history’s most astonishing ever retirement packages: Daily Maverick has recently learned that an offer of R2-billion has been presented to Jacob Zuma, making it the most significant financial amnesty ever made to a sitting head of state. (The money would be raised from private individuals and institutions, and not from state coffers). Sources within the ANC, along with sources from the business community have confirmed that the A-bomb has indeed been dropped in at least one major forum, although the president has not yet agreed to begin talks. The economic implications, to say nothing of the legal precedent it would set, are beyond staggering: enough fuck-off money to upgrade an Nkandla a year until 2027. But where would Zuma go? Who else among his faction would be granted amnesty? What would happen to the cash he and his associates already have? And what species of country would be left standing in his wake? By RICHARD POPLAK.
The #GuptaLeaks are a massive trove of information made up of hundreds of gigabytes of documents and emails obtained by a team of journalists from the Daily Maverick's investigative unit, Scorpio, Amabhungane and News24. The latest episode of the #Guptaleaks looks at Bell Pottinger, the UK-based PR firm that brought South Africa to the brink of a race war to protect the reputations of the Zumas and the Guptas.
Matters have taken a sinister turn in the slipstream of Sassa CEO Thokozani Magawaza’s cancellation on 29 June of costly R47-million workstream contracts set up by Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini. Magwaza, who is likely to testify against Dlamini in a public enquiry into her role in the Sassa scandal, is being pressured to accept an “exit package”. Daily Maverick has also received reliable information that Magwaza was informed that his life is under threat. By MARIANNE THAMM
From the end of July to the middle of August, South Africa will be on the front lines of international drug policy reform. World experts are descending on the country to fight out the merits of cannabis legalisation in the first truly scientific constitutional hearing — and the Dagga Couple, after seven years in the trenches, will finally get their day in court. Will we show the world what freedom is, or will we sell our heritage to the Canadians? By KEVIN BLOOM.
Amidst extreme levels of unemployment and the economy in a recession, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba announced a plan on Thursday to improve confidence in the economy and boost growth. While the intervention was welcomed, issues of political credibility and government’s implementation abilities could hold it back. By GREG NICOLSON & ORATENG LEPODISE
The inherent unpredictability of human behaviour means that we can’t know which way peace and conflict in an age of increased climate change effects will go. This reaffirms for me that environmental issues and social justice very much go together, and climate change is as much a social justice issue as any other. By AYESHA FAKIE.
The sudden death of Ray Phiri, guitarist, vocalist, producer, composer and arranger at the age of 70 on Tuesday has robbed South Africa of one of its foremost talents. Phiri was a man whose unique artistry contained the fears, hopes and dreams of South Africans. Together with mega-band Stimela, Phiri created a timeless, authentic hybrid sound that would go on to seduce the world in 1985 when Paul Simon showcased South African talent on his Graceland album. Hamba kahle Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri. You were one of our brightest stars. By MARIANNE THAMM.
The Cyril Ramaphosa who kowtows to Jacob Zuma is no more. The Deputy President who praises the President – calls him “Action-Man Zuma” – has gone. Instead, there is a man fighting, pushing and shoving his way to the Number One spot. Ramaphosa’s address to the SACP National Conference on Wednesday marks the start of a muscular campaign season. He’s using every trick in the book, every nudge and wink. And he appears to have a head of steam behind him. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, widely criticised as either incompetent or captured this week, on Tuesday said the commission of inquiry into state capture, recommended by her predecessor Thuli Madonsela, should proceed urgently. As law enforcement agencies have been reluctant to act on the #GuptaLeaks, the inquiry could be a boost for accountability. By GREG NICOLSON.
J. BROOKS SPECTOR had already started to evaluate the outcome of the Trump-Putin meeting in Hamburg; but, then the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, thoroughly upset everything with his release of an email thread that hog-tied him to a Russian lawyer trying to peddle dirt on Hillary Clinton – or something.
It is still unclear whether Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete will allow a secret ballot in Parliament’s upcoming vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. If Mbete does allow for secrecy while voting, though, does that have the potential to set a dangerous precedent for South Africa’s democracy? This was one of the questions under discussion on Tuesday night in Cape Town, where an occasionally heated event organised by a coalition of civil society groups saw UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, rogue ANC MP Makhosi Khoza and political analyst Steven Friedman thrash out the issues. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Who you gonna call? The Public Protector? Nah, she tripped up on a typo while trying to capture the Reserve Bank. Shaun Abrahams? Thieves have just broken into the NPA head offices and he hasn’t raised an ample eyebrow or even made a public peep. The Hawks? They’re still circling the outer tundra of inertia and indifference. SAPS? They’re too busy investigating inside jobs at OR Tambo. The Minister of Police? He’s tweeting. We’re on our own, compatriots. By MARIANNE THAMM.
ANC MP Makhosi Khoza says she’s speaking out “because I think I know why I am here (at Parliament)” as a public representative. Right now that is in favour of a secret ballot in the upcoming 8 August vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Speaking to Daily Maverick on the sidelines of Tuesday’s public debate on this, Khoza added: “I am standing for what is right within the ANC state of paralysis.” But stepping out of the party line comes at a cost. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
The lessons of Nelson Mandela’s tend to be recited in ritualistic fashion and as if they are obvious. Yet there is much that is contentious and some elements that are important, yet neglected. One aspect that is both contentious and neglected is Mandela’s relationship to manhood. While he is preoccupied by what it means to be a man, scholars have tended to neglect this, despite it having considerable bearing on violent masculinities in South Africa today. By RAYMOND SUTTNER.
The article published in Daily Maverick ahead of the recent African Union Summit (AU Summit: Absence of Zuma and Ramaphosa raises eyebrows, 27 June 2017) argued that “since [Dr Nkosazana] Dlamini-Zuma stepped down from the [the position of] AU Commission chair, South Africa had shied away from occupying other important AU posts”. By CLAYSON MONYELA.
Taking last week’s International Criminal Court (ICC) judgment regarding South Africa’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir seriously seems a bit like taking the tooth fairy seriously. That comparison may be a bit unfair. But if the tooth fairy is a chimera of sorts, so too is the belief that South Africa and the ICC today inhabit a world in which accountability and commitment have any real consequence. By NICOLE FRITZ.
Seven homeless people died last Wednesday when a fire broke out at the Cape York building in the Johannesburg city centre. The fire started on the second floor of the building – one of several in the city which have become home to hundreds if not thousands of homeless people. The city has long promised to wrest back control of the abandoned buildings, but has so far failed to do so despite the danger these buildings pose. By BHEKI C SIMELANE.
ANC policy conference out of the way, it is by now surely accepted that the next five months in our politics could determine the coming decade. The stakes are high, and it is still difficult to make predictions about what will happen, and who will eventually prevail. But there are some indications, on the surface at least, that the balance of power is shifting, that one side has managed to build some momentum. The difficulty with judging events in the ANC at the moment is that there is also plenty that is happening below the line, behind the scenes, if you prefer. And if you do not have a proper view of that, then predictions are dangerous. At the same time, it is also most likely that President Jacob Zuma is at this stage not in the position that he would have liked to have found himself in. By STEPHEN GROOTES.