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Scorpio: Gupta-linked McKinsey and Trillian ‘collusive and patently corrupt’ – Asset Forfeiture Unit

Photo: Eskom power lines run through an open field as the sun rises on a cold winters day in Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 June 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK
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Photo: Lord Peter Hain (EPA)

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

Photo: Cape Town at night, by Villem van Valkenburg via Flickr

Cape Town Mafia: Court hears about murder and mayhem on the city streets

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Supporters hold aloft material depicting newly elected ANC (African National Congress) President, Cyril Ramaphosa during the ANC 106th anniversary celebrations at ABSA Stadium, East London, South Africa, 13 January 2018. EPA-EFE/STR

Analysis: The shaking of South Africa’s political equilibrium, still a work in progress

By Stephen Grootes

Get overnight news and latest Daily Maverick articles

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

#CapeWatergate: Mayor Patricia de Lille fights back on water mismanagement claims

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini (GCIS)

SassaGate: Two steps forward, one back, as CPS demands payment for ‘breach of contract’

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: The train service on Cape Town’s central line has been suspended, leaving many commuters stranded. Photo: Tariro Washinyira

GroundUp: Cape Town’s central railway line is ‘a war zone’

By GroundUp
Photo: Keorapetse ‘Bra Willie’ Kgositsile (YouTube screengrab)

Tribute: A giant has fallen – Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile

By Alma-Nalisha Cele & L MOKGOROANE
Photo: Lord Peter Hain (EPA)

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


Photo: Women from Durban Deep protest against gender-based violence and police inaction in December 2017. Photos by Shaun Swingler.

GroundUp: The forgotten mining town where rape is ‘normal’

By GroundUp
File Photo: National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Advocate Shaun Abrahams reacts during a briefing to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services in parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 04 November 2016 EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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

Photo: Sassa has called for bids from companies that want to provide cash payment services. Archive photo: Tariro Washinyira

GroundUp: Sassa to start paying grants through Postbank in February

By GroundUp

GroundUp: Drought – Has Cape Town planned well for Day Zero?

By GroundUp
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


amaBhungane: Key findings from Budlender’s damning Trillian dossier

Photo by  Gavin Fordham.

amaBhungane: McKinsey caught up in Trillian lies

Photo: Arnot Power Station (Eskom photo)

Scorpio & amaBhungane: How McKinsey and Trillian ripped R1.6bn from Eskom – and planned to take R7.8bn more

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: Eskom power lines run through an open field as the sun rises on a cold winters day in Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 June 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: The McKinsey Dossier, Part 2 – Contract to pay McKinsey and Trillian R1.6-bn ‘invalid’

By amaBhungane & Scorpio

amaBhungane & Scorpio: The McKinsey Dossier, Part 3 – Eskom tells McKinsey and Trillian to #PayBackTheMoney

By amaBhungane & Scorpio

While you were sleeping: 16 January 2018

By John Stupart
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: Arnot Power Station (Eskom photo)

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


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

By Pieter-Dirk Uys

Scorpio: The McKinsey Dossier, Part 6 – Five strikes and you’re IN

Original photo: Photo: Medupi Power Station near Lephalale in Limpopo as
seen during a media visit on Thursday, 11 April 2013. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Scorpio & amaBhungane: The McKinsey Dossier, Part 4 – Bending over backwards for Trillian

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: chuttersnap/(Unsplash)

ISS Today: Why African health policy needs gender equity

File Photo: Pupils at Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa listen as President Jacob Zuma delivers an address in 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Back-to-school: Gauteng schools re-open amid multitude of challenges

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

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

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

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: 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

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: Public Protector, Busissiwe Mkhwebane. (EPA)

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

By Daily Maverick
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: 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: 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

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: 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
Photos: Suzy Bernstein

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

By Lesley Stones
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
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
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: 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
Wired World

Kohli fined after Centurion tantrum

By News24

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: ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa (file photo by Daily Maverick)

ANC's 106th: Ramaphosa goes to Mandela heartland

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

ISS Today: Can Ramaphosa revitalise South Africa’s foreign policy?


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

File Photo credit: Educonnect.

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

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

File Photo: Nosipho Dala, widow to Zwelakhe Dala, who passed away in 2015. Photo: Thom Pierce

GroundUp: Silicosis case – we’re close to a settlement, say lawyers for both sides

By GroundUp
Photo: PRASA’s lawyers are contesting a resolution passed by the rail company’s interim board. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: PRASA staff try to block state capture

By GroundUp
Photo: Newly elected African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa address delegates during the closing of the 54th ANC National Conference held at the NASREC Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 December 2017. EPA-EFE/STR

ANC's 106th: Ramaphosa's speech – low bar, high expectations

By Stephen Grootes
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


A general view of the church of Immerath that is to be demolished to expand the Tagebau Garzweiler daylight mine, in Immerath, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, 08 January 2018. The large surface mine (Tagebau) is operated by RWE and is used for mining lignite. 

While you were sleeping: 9 January 2018

By John Stupart
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: Morgan Moseki, asylum seekers lawyer (with green shirt) with his clients in Dukwi refugee Camp. Photo: Supplied

Botswana: Asylum-seekers accuse prison officials of ill-treatment and sexual assault

Photo: African migrants, who were rescued by the Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, arrive at a naval base in Tripoli, Libya, on 26 May 2017. The Libyan navy said. 'At least 20 boats carrying thousands of migrants on their way to Italy were spotted off the coast of the western city of Sabratha'. EPA/STR

ISS Today: Human smuggling and Libya’s political end game

Photo: US President Donald J. Trump gestures as he returns to the White House in Washington, D.C., USA, 07 January 2018. President Trump was on a weekend trip with Republican leadership and members of his cabinet at Camp David. EPA-EFE/KEVIN DIETSCH / POOL

US: The 'Very Stable Genius' of Donald Trump

By J Brooks Spector
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

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

By J Brooks Spector

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