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No Confidence Motion: ConCourt throws secret ballot decision back to Mbete

Photo: Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng hands down judgment in the matter concerning a secret ballot in a motion of no confidence. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee
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Photo: The front page of WMC LEAKS.

SCORPIO: In the non-surprise of the year, WMCLEAKS.com smear campaign tracked to a Gupta associate

By Marianne Thamm and Jean Le Roux
Photo: Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Etwatwa, a township near Benoni, South Africa. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.

Report: In appealing to elites, Malema mixes radicalism with new political savvy

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Carl Niehaus (Left), Mzwanele Manyi (centre), Kebby Maphatsoe (Right) – all photos courtesy of EWN.

Reporter’s Notebook: Journalism in the time of lies

By Stephen Grootes

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Photo: House Chairperson of the National Assembly, Hon Cedric Frolick. (Photo by RSA Parliament)

Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: Factions and fractures in the House as committees start to probe #GuptaLeaks, sort of

By Marianne Merten
Photo: South Africa’s Auditor-General (AG) Kimi Makwetu releases the audit results of the country's municipalities for the financial year 2012-13 in Pretoria on Tuesday, 30 July 2014. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

Analysis: Does the Auditor-General need more teeth?

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Lifers in prisons across the country are demanding that parole be considered for them. (GroundUp)

GroundUp: Prisoners across the country demand parole hearings

By GroundUp
Photo: Bird’s eye view of the waterfall above the gorge at the headwaters of Mabola river. Photo: Johnny Miller/AfricanDrone

Watership Down: The reality of mining Mabola

By Oxpeckers
Photo: Elements of the Force Intervention Brigade of Monusco give a demonstration of their know-how in combat. The Brigade is mandated by the UN Security Council to neutralise all armed groups in eastern D.R. Congo Photo: Wikimedia Common

ISS Today: Is the Force Intervention Brigade still justifying its existence?

By ISS TODAY

Photo: President Jacob Zuma attends the African Union Summit held on 27-30 January 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (GCIS)

ISS Today: Will South Africa be at the 29th AU summit?

By ISS TODAY
Main photo: Residents gather to meet on Wednesday morning at Wells Estate after mass evictions. Photo: Joseph Chirume

GroundUp: Second week of mass evictions and violent protests in Port Elizabeth

By GroundUp
Photo: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. (GCIS)

Let slip the Dogs of War: How beneficiaries of state capture are protecting their project

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa speaking about the SoNA at the New Age Business Briefing breakfast at Grandwest in Cape Town. 18/06/2014 Kopano Tlape (GCIS)

Op-Ed: Unpacking Radical Economic Transformation

By Cyril Ramaphosa
Photo: SSA director-general Arthur Fraser.

SCORPIO: SA’s spy boss implicated in massive tender fraud at Prasa

By PAULI VAN WYK

Photo: House Chairperson of the National Assembly, Hon Cedric Frolick. (Photo by RSA Parliament)

Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: Four state capture probes mandated

By Marianne Merten
Photo: President Jacob Zuma is seen with Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane at the SA Local Government Association (Salga) national conference in Midrand, Monday, 10 September 2012. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

Op-Ed: Fragmenting and diffusing state capture probe a recipe for disaster

By John Steenhuisen
Photo: Fareed Abdullah, former CEO of the South African National Aids Council, explained the shortcomings of the government’s new Aids plan in Durban on Thursday. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong

GroundUp: Former Aids council head criticises government plan

By GroundUp
Photo: Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane (GCIS)

Analysis: Public Protector’s strange Absa report, and disturbing attack on Reserve Bank

By Stephen Grootes
Main photo: Men Bundle Tobacco Leaves for Drying in Malawi (Mitchell Maher / International Food Policy Institute, via Flickr)

Op-Ed: Two Malawis, Few Opportunities, One Challenge

By OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, GREG MILLS & DICKIE DAVIS
Photo: Marizanne Kapp of Protea Women during the ODI match between Protea Women and New Zealand White Ferns on 11 October 2016 at the Diamond Oval Kimberley Photo: Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

Cricket: Proteas look to lay the foundations of a legacy at the World Cup

By Antoinette Muller
BY EPA/PAULO CUNHA
Flames rise during a forest fire in Pedrogao Grande, Leiria District, central Portugal, 17 June 2017. About 180 firemen, 52 land vehicles and two planes are fighting to extinguish the fire.

While you were sleeping: 20 June 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Onlookers gather near a police cordon near Finsbury Park, after a van collision incident in north London, Britain, 19 June 2017.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Analysis: Revisiting the idea of unified nations in western states can no longer be ignored

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Knysna Heads fire, December 21 2009, Photo by Slack12 via Flickr

Inside the Knysna inferno: Smoke on The Water – what to save when you are about to lose it all

By Chris du Plessis
Photo: Paul Adams, Ashwell Prince, CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat, (CSA) President, Chris Nenzani, Robin Petersen and Makhaya Ntini during the T20 Launch on 31 May 2017 at Bidvest Wanderes Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Analysis: What does the T20 Global League mean for cricket in South Africa?

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Police officers patrol the streets of Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Op-Ed: Constitutionality of Gatherings Act challenged

By Ntuthuzo Ndzomo
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Explainer: What is Cricket South Africa’s T20 Global League?

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A Somali refugee stands inside a tent with her baby in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. 25/08/2011. Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. www.unmultimedia.org/photo/

ISS Today: As doors close to refugees, Ethiopia’s stay open

By ISS TODAY
Photo: Jackson Maliamungu (Ugandan) and Michael Awan (refugee) Photo: James Oatway

World Refugee Day: When crisis breeds innovation in Uganda

By UNICEF
Photo: Sidney Frankel

Sexual assault ruling scrapping 20-year charges limit ‘enormous’

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (YouTube via TechCentral)

Rand tanks as Public Protector opens Pandora’s Box on currency laws

By News24
Photo: People living in shacks in backyards have been occupying vacant land in Khayelitsha. Photo: Barbara Maregele

GroundUp: Khayelitsha backyarders clash with police

By GroundUp
Photo: President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh attends the meeting of the Peace and Security Council at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29 January 2014. African leaders and the AU has urged South Sudan's warring parties to peacefully end their political dispute. EPA/DANIEL GETACHEW

ISS Today: Djibouti plays the West off against the Far East

By ISS TODAY
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Captura Continua: Will the Guptas determine the ANC succession race?

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Tina Benko, left, portrays Melania Trump in the role of Caesar’s wife, Calpurnia, and Gregg Henry portrays President Donald Trump in the role of Julius Caesar during a dress rehearsal of The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar in New York. File photo provided by The Public Theater.

A Comedy of Terrors: Donald Trump v Julius Caesar

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross responds to a question from the news media on new lumber tariffs levied on Canada during the White House daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 25 April 2017. On Monday the Trump administration announced it planned to levy a 20% tariff on softwood lumber imports from Canada. EPA/SHAWN THEW

After AGOA: SA must prepare for two-way free trade agreements with US

By PETER FABRICIUS
Photo: Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane addresses members of the media on his visit to Harmony Gold's Doornkop Mine. (Photo: GCIS)

Zwane’s Mining Charter: Risking jobs in a recession

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President Jacob Zuma during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane, Pretoria, 23 September 2015 (GCIS)

Op-Ed: Who will really gain from the new version of the Mining Charter?

By James Lorimer
Photo of Knysna fire by Ivo Vegter.

Op-Ed: God and the Knysna disaster – Ivo, the answer is in the Scriptures

By ONNE VEGTER
Photo: Edward Munch: The Scream – SA style

Health-e News: Esidimeni families in the dark about police investigations

By HEALTH-E NEWS
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with the President of Zambia Edgar Lungu at a press conference at the Union Buildings following the State Visit, 8 December 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

SADC Wrap: Murder mystery in Lesotho while MPs suspended in Zambia

By KRISTEN VAN SCHIE
Photo: President Jacob Zuma holding a bilateral meeting with President Arthur Peter Mutharika of Malawi during the 24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government held at the new African Union Building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 January 2o15. (GCIS)

Malawi: SADC’s silence on Mutharika’s tear-gassing of pupils encourages escalation of abuse

By Maynard Manyowa
Photo: Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize addressing the Child Protection Week launch in Langa, 28 May 2017. (Photo: GCIS)

Whose democracy is it anyway? Home Affairs’ chilling move on your money, and your freedom

By Marianne Merten
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Evita's Free Speech: Ep.95 – Evita on middle-aged youth (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: Pakistani supporter waves national flags during the cricket Pakistan Super League (PSL) final between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi, in Lahore, Pakistan, 05 March 2017. The final is held under close guard by security forces with media reporting that about 11,000 personnel has been deployed in several cordons. The Pakistan Super League consists of five franchises nominally representing cities in Pakistan. EPA/RAHAT DAR

Op-Ed: Pakistan has been masterful in squeezing teams

By Graeme Smith
Photo: President Jacob Zuma, AU Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and AU Chairperson, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe at the Gala Dinner held in honour of the African Heads of State and Government attending the African Union's 25th Summit. Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. 14/06/2015, GCIS

ISS Today: Back to the future for ANC foreign policy?

By ISS TODAY
Photo: Umbiswa Makhubo carries the body of Hector Pieterson, photographed by Sam Nzima. Photograph: Sam Nzima/Archive

The Child is not Dead

By Mbali Vilakazi
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during oral replies at the National Assembly in Parliament, Cape Town. South Africa. 12/08/2015. Siyabulela Duda (GCIS)

Reporter’s Notebook: Parliament, not a happy workplace

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Acting Minister of Communications Mosebenzi Zwane speaking at Ga Seleka Village Community Hall during the Imbizo focus week in Lephalele.04/04/2016 Kopano Tlape GCIS

Zwane’s radical Mining Charter in the firing line

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: The lonely pyramids of Giza Photo: Liezl Rees

Op-Ed: Egypt on the edge as economy plummets

By Liezl Rees
Photo: ANCYL leader Collen Maine (Gallo Images)

Scorpio and amaBhungane #GuptaLeaks: Bell Pottinger, ANCYL and MK veterans – the early days

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Wired World

We still won't vote against Zuma - ANC caucus on secret ballot ruling

By News24

N. Korea calls Trump a 'psychopath'

By AFP

While you were sleeping: 22 June 2017

By John Stupart

Trump rides high after Republican election win

By AFP

Myanmar forces kill 3 in raid on 'terrorist training camps': state media

By AFP

FBI investigating Michigan airport stabbing as 'terrorism'

By AFP

IS blows up Mosul mosque where Baghdadi announced 'caliphate': commander

By AFP

Embattled Uber CEO Kalanick steps down

By AFP

Three things to watch as Saudi names new heir to throne

By AFP

Malema reads property owners the riot act

By News24
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Photo: Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula introducing new Acting National Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba on June 1 2017 Photo: GCIS

ANC Succession: Mbalula tweets slam Magashule

By News24
Photo: Dr Dvora Joseph Davey speaking at the South African Aids Conference in Durban. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong

GroundUp: Men at higher risk of not getting HIV under control

By GroundUp
Photo: Trucks were used to block the N1 highway near Allendale. According to police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar, the trucks were hijacked and the keys stolen so that they could not be moved. Photo supplied

GroundUp: Thousands left stranded by Johannesburg taxi blockade

By GroundUp
Photo: Participants on the Peninsula Paddle which traces the waterways from Muizenberg to Milnerton. Greg Bertish can be seen in his blue Little Optimist craft. Photo: Gavin Lawson

GroundUp: Paddling across Cape Town

By GroundUp
Photo: Helen Zille (Greg Nicolson)

The Art of the Apology: Why Zille’s climbdown was a significant political moment

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Main photo: Patients with HIV and tuberculosis (TB) wear masks while awaiting consultation at a clinic in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township, February 23, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

GroundUp: South Africa is making progress against its most deadly disease

By GroundUp
Photo: A general view shows a destroyed car on the side of the road after a raging bush fire swept through the seaside town of Knysna, South Africa, 08 June 2017 (issued 09 June 2017). The town of 10,000 people was evacuated late 07 June, after the fire swept through the forests in the area and into the town. An estimated 400 houses were destroyed. EPA/STR

Op-Ed: Tourism can help rebuild Knysna, but we need your help

By ALAN WINDE & TIM HARRIS
Original photo: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema (L) and DA Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane are seen during a debate in Parliament on President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, Wednesday, 18 June 2014.Picture: GCIS/SAPA

Coalition Politics: A common enemy, a divided future

By David Reiersgord
Photo: Mogale City limit (Satour)

Mogale City on a precipice: DA has two weeks to uncover its rebel

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Courtesy of Sonke Gender Justice

GroundUp: I am a sex worker – criminalising my work puts me in danger

By GroundUp
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing parliament in the National Assembly, Cape Town, 31 May 2017. (GCIS)

Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: It’s corporate capture, states Ramaphosa, now let people clear their names

By Marianne Merten
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman

Op-Ed: The need for a revitalised politics after Zuma

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Shaun Swingler

GroundUp: Rocky road up ahead for Minerals Bill

By GroundUp
Photo: Selby Cindi, a forensic   officer from Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Services in Hillbrow , brings in the body of an accident victim. February, 2016. Photo: Alon Skuy/ The Times

Mortuary Strike: Bodies pile up as Gauteng mortuary workers down tools

By BHEKI C. SIMELANE
Photo: Rubbish and foam in the Stiebeuel River. A new project aims to make this water clean and usable. Photo: Trevor Bohatch

GroundUp: Researchers test nifty way to save water in informal settlement

By GroundUp
Photo:Dr Jonathan Bernheimer presents at the South African Aids Conference in Durban on Tuesday. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong

GroundUp: Khayelitsha study offers hope for children with HIV who are failing treatment

By GroundUp
Photo: Social grant recipients participated at a meeting in Ceres in which many demanded that their accounts with a loan company be closed. Photo: Barbara Maregele

GroundUp: Black Sash and Net1 in war of words

By GroundUp
Photo: Helen Zille (Photo: Greg Nicolson)

Analysis: Zille remains premier, but what does it mean for DA?

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Antoine Wirtz – Scene from Hell (Wikimedia Commons)

TRAINSPOTTER: #GuptaFreaks – How the monsters are beginning to eat themselves

By Richard Poplak
Photo: A patient lies in bed at the Hillcrest Aids Centre in Durban, South Africa, 01 December 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Health-e News: Faith healers or charlatans – convincing sick congregants hopeful of a cure to stop treatment

By HEALTH-E NEWS
Photo:  Collin Matjila (www.ujuh.co.za)

amaBhungane and Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: Another CV, another Eskom chief – then cash for the Guptas

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: President Jacob Zuma addressing the community of Elsies River and surrounding areas during the Fight against Crime Imbizo held at Adriaanse Community Centre in Elsies River, Cape Town. (Photo: GCIS)

Op-Ed: Elite struggle over Zuma is making weapons against the poor

By R Brunette, P Nqaba, J Pearson & M Phadi
The original photo: President Jacob Zuma addressed the South Africa Police Service Commemoration Day to remember police officers killed in the line of duty, Union Buildings, Pretoria, 06/09/2015, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: ‘People who must enforce the law behave like criminals’, Scopa scolds police top brass

By Marianne Merten
Photo: ANC supporters at the launch of the party's 2014 election manifesto at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit Mpumalanga, Saturday, 11 January 2014. Photo: SAPA stringer

Op-Ed: Break the ANC now or later?

By Marius Oosthuizen
Photo: Helen Zille in Mpumalanga in 2011 (Flickr)

Disciplining Zille: Helen Zille apologises, keeps premiership

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A train on Cape Town station burns on Monday evening. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: In Cape Town, commuters rebel as Metrorail fails

By GroundUp
Photo:Marchers against xenophobia in Johannesburg in April 2015. Photo by Bridget Mnyulwa of Sonke Gender Justice.

GroundUp: Why more criminalising of hate speech is a bad idea

By GroundUp
Photo: Gert van der Merwe (ENCA)

#GuptaLeaks: Gupta lawyer, accused of money laundering, claims media is ‘victimising’ him for ‘playing with the naughty kids’

By PAULI VAN WYK
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Op-Ed: Accountability and the Constitution

By Andries Havenga
Photo: Judge President John Hlophe during his hearing by the Judiciary Service Commission ( JSC) in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 30 July 2009 Photo: Oupa Nkosi (Sapa)

Analysis: Time for Judge Hlophe to face the music

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Bell Pottinger was appointed by the SA Tourism UK office from January 2014 and paid a whopping R9-million for PR and other communication services relating to South Africa (Photo of Cape of Good Hope by Nicolas Raymond via Flickr)

Bell Pottinger: Defining South Africa from within and without

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba attends the second day of the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting in Durban, South Africa, 04 May 2017. EPA/STRINGER

Analysis: Being Malusi Gigaba

By Stephen Grootes
Main photo: Two young patients at the cholera treatment centre in Dolow.

Op-Ed: Malnutrition, disease and food insecurity – a perfect recipe for disaster for Somalia’s children

By Kun Li
Main photo: A man approaches police with his hands in the air.

GroundUp: In photos – residents clash with police in Davidsonville

By GroundUp
Image: Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which contains the drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine, is known by its brand name Truvada. (PBS.org)

GroundUp: WHO says HIV prevention drug is essential

By GroundUp
The original photo of Hlaudi Motsoeneng by Steven Lang.

Hlaudi’s exit aftermath: SABC interim board slams brakes on 90% local content, violent footage and The New Age breakfasts

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Constitutional Court judges enter the court (archive photo). Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

GroundUp: Court ruling protects people from homelessness

By GroundUp
Photo: President Jacob Zuma is seen during a meeting with members of the SA Editors' Forum at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Friday, 20 February 2015. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

#GuptaLeaks: Cracks appear in the Zupta edifice

By Ranjeni Munusamy
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Evita's Free Speech: Ep.94 – Evita shouts ‘H*rdeg*t!’ (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
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Open Letter to Pietermaritzburg schools: Investigate claims of racism

By Siseko H Kumalo
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during the commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa at George Thabe Sports Ground in Sharpeville, Gauteng. (Photo: GCIS)

State Capture: Lobby groups approach ConCourt to ask Ramaphosa to set up commission of inquiry

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Zuma with Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the Second Extraordinary Summit of the Volunteering Nations on the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC). AU Headqurters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 09/11/2016, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

ANC government still wants an ICC-free future for South Africa

By PETER FABRICIUS
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump speaks during a joint news conference with President of Romania Klaus Iohannis (not pictured) in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 09 June 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

We the Enemy: Trump in a value-free world

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Tshiamo Legoale (Photo by Mintek)

Golden Wheat: Mine waste used to ‘grow gold’ thanks to SA scientist’s winning research

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: President Jacob Zuma meets the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho Tom Thabane in Johannesburg 13 May 2013. (Photo: GCIS)

Lesotho: No coup on our watch, says South Africa

By PETER FABRICIUS
Photo: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, Chairperson Baleka Mbethe and President Jacob Zuma pose for pictures during the third day of a leadership conference in Polokwane December 18, 2007. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Snapshot: The days of tension and confusion within the ANC

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Kibera Slums, Nairobi, 2017 Photo: Maynard Manyowa

Op-Ed: Despite deepening crisis, tribal majority will vote against own interests in Kenyan election

By Maynard Manyowa
Photo: Supporters of United Party for National Development President, Hakainde Hichilema, attend his final rally ahead of the Presidential elections in Lusaka, Zambia, 29 October 2008. EPA/STR

THE SADC WRAP: Mosisili out, Hichilema shuffled, Zim birds banned

By KRISTEN VAN SCHIE
Photo: SA Ambassador to Netherlands, Bruce Koloane (Photo: diplomataffairs.nl)

#GuptaLeaks: How captured ambassador lobbied the Dutch

By News24
Photo: President Jacob Zuma meets with Minister Malusi Gigaba, Deputy Minister Sifiso Buthelezi, 10 April 2017. (GCIS)

Scorpio: Prasa – Treasury investigation recommends Sfiso Buthelezi be criminally charged

By PAULI VAN WYK