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Gupta Inc: It’s now a hand-to-mouth situation at Optimum Coal Mine

By JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT
Photo: SARS commissioner Tom Moyane (GCIS)

Budget 2018: R48bn revenue shortfall piles pressure on beleaguered tax boss Tom Moyane

By PAULI VAN WYK
Photo: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, Deputy Minister Sfiso Buthelezi and their team arrive at Parliament for the 2018 Budget speech in the National Assembly. Photo: GCIS (Flickr)

Budget 2018: Heckled, booed and laughed at, Malusi Gigaba cracks Ramaphosa’s new dawn

By Marianne Merten

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Ntsebeza Inquiry: Panel mum on whether it has managed to source original KPMG SARS report

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba delivers the annual Budget speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 21 February 2018. Photo:  EPA-EFE/BRENTON GEACH

Budget 2018: Business stoic while labour fumes

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Secretary of Defence Caspar W. Weinberger (not seen) hosts Samuel Kanyon Doe (L, tan suit), Head of State of the Republic of LIBERIA in Washington DC, 1981. (Wikimedia Commons)

Lutheran Church Massacre: The Long Arm of the Law reaches a suspected Liberian war criminal in Philadelphia

By PETER FABRICIUS
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba addresses the media shortly before delivering his budget speech in the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Leila Dougan

Budget 2018: VAT is increased – A first for new SA

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Reuters

Budget 2018: Tax increases set to hit ordinary South Africans hard

By Rebecca Davis

Photo: Students from Wits University demonstrate on campus during a fourth week of clashes with police forces during protests against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, 10 October 2016. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/(EPA).

Budget 2018: Higher education gets R57bn in Budget slated as anti-poor

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Daily Maverick

Budget 2018: NHI gets cash – but its operations remain vague

By HEALTH-E NEWS
Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa gestures during the annual Budget speech delivered by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba (unseen) at Parliament in Cape Town, 21 February 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE/BRENTON GEACH

Op-Ed: Budget 2018 – Without structural reform, a better life will elude us

By Frans Cronje
Photo: Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba briefs the media ahead of delivering the Budget on 21 February 2018. Photo: Leila Dougan

Budget 2018: Not enough money to go around, and especially not for nuclear

By Marianne Merten
BY LEILA DOUGAN

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba delivers his maiden Budget Speech. This is his first budget speech under the presidency of Cyril Ramaphosa. 21 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 22 February 2018

By John Stupart

Photo by David Werbrouck on Unsplash

Op-Ed: What Ramaphosa needs to do to fix state spying, Part 3 – intrusive surveillance and counterintelligence

By Jane Duncan
Photo: Ronnie Kasrils in Bilbao, Basque Country, northern Spain, 20 February 2013. Photo: EPA/LUIS TEJIDO

Ronnie Kasrils Q&A: Life in South Africa after a decade of Zuma

By Charlie Kimber
Photo: Then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa speaks at the launch of the ANC's Nelson Mandela centenary held on 11 February 2018. Photo: Leila Dougan

Op-Ed: SONA 2018, Ramaphosa Rapture and the revitalisation of the ANC

By Mike Roussos
Photo: A South African mother and child walk between shacks in the impoverished shack settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, 23 August 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Property rights – why the poor need them

By Terence Corrigan
Photo: South African Musician Hugh Masekela performs during a cultural event to celebrate South Africa’s 10 years of Freedom, in New Delhi, 03 March 2004 (reissued 23 January 2018). According to reports, Hugh Masekela died on 23 January 2018 at the age of 78. EPA-EFE/HARISH TYAGI

Op-Ed: The deep roots of Ramaphosa’s ‘Thuma Mina’

By Tinyiko Maluleke
Photo: Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi briefs media on 8 January 2018, on the status of the current Listeriosis outbreak in the country and sheds light on progress with regard to tracing the source of the outbreak. Photo: GCIS (Flickr)

Listeriosis: Public officials must push message to curb spread of disease – Motsoaledi

By Suné Payne
Photo: A collapsed cliff at the Tormin Mine on the West Coast. Communities affected by mining want a greater say in the Mining Charter. Photo: supplied

GroundUp: Mining communities slam government’s ‘elite deal’ with Chamber of Mines

By GroundUp
Photo: Residents of Cape Town collect drinking water in the early morning from a mountain spring collection point in Cape Town, South Africa, 31 January 2018. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: The value of urine in a water-sensitive future

By Dyllon Randall
Photo: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) and Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana (L) shake hands before their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, 30 October 2017. EPA-EFE/HIROKI YAMAUCHI

ISS Today: Lessons from Sri Lanka on China’s ‘debt-trap diplomacy’

By ISS TODAY
Photo:  Home-made guns on display at the South African Police Service's (SAPS) Heritage Services Museum in Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa, 09 November 2017. South Africa has one of the highest violent crime rates in the world EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

ISS Today: Budgeting to end violence?

By ISS TODAY
File Photo: Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane (GCIS)

Minister Zwane's no-show at Parliament prompts inquiry

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: South Africa’s Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba addresses a news conference in Pretoria, South Africa April 4, 2017. REUTERS/James Oatway.

Newsflash: Malusi Gigaba under shadow on Budget Day as damning judgment emerges

By Rebecca Davis
Photo:  South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and former president Jacob Zuma at Tuynhuys on Tuesday night. Photo: @presidencyZA/(Twitter).

Zuma and Ramaphosa: the truth beneath the Cheshire Cat grins

By Carien du Plessis
BY EPA-EFE/TOLGA AKMEN

US actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives for the European premiere of 'Red Sparrow' at Leicester Square in London, Britain, 19 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 21 February 2018

By John Stupart
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Street Talk: Living with the virus (Video)

By Street Talk
Photo: Former springbok coach Peter de Villiers. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

SA Rugby: Decoding Divvy and the SARU fog donkeys

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Residents had to climb over the fence to Steenvilla, because police blocked the entrances, when an eviction took place in November. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Crime mars Cape Town’s largest social housing project

By GroundUp
Photo: Women perform during celebrations of Liberia’s 170 years of Independence at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia, Liberia 26 July 2017.  Photo: EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

ISS Today: Liberia and Sierra Leone can achieve real women’s empowerment

By ISS TODAY
Photo: Then South African president-elect Jacob Zuma walks with South African President Kgalema Motlanthe outside parliament after Zuma was formally elected the country's next President in Cape Town, May 6, 2009.  REUTERS/Nic Bothma

SAPS Clean-Up: Scopa hears of ‘millions’ mooted as IPID flushes out the mess of the Mangaung ‘Shadow State’

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: A file photo dated 09 March 2013 shows Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta smiling after winning in the 2013 Presidential election in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU.

Right of Reply: President Kenyatta has a viable plan for Kenya

By Manoah Esipisu
Photo: Malusi Gigaba, then Home Affairs minister. Photo: Reuters

Budget 2018: High expectations of Ramaphosa’s administration may be taxing for ordinary South Africans

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa replies to the debate on the State of the Nation Address in Parliament, 20 February 2018. Photo: GCIS

SONA 2018: Ramaphosa charm offensive extends to land expropriation, unemployment and that ‘reshuffle’

By Marianne Merten
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Op-Ed: The Islamic State challenge – from the front line to a shadow international terror organisation

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe (C) attends the 107th edition of the Harare Agricultural Show in Harare, Zimbabwe, 25 August 2017 (reissued 09 January 2018). Media reports on 09 January 2018 state that Zimbabwe’s anti-corruption agency is investigating whether Grace Mugabe fraudulently obtained a doctorate after lecturers at the University of Zimbabwe called for her PhD awarded in 2014 to be investigated. She allegedly received the PhD in months despite doctorates normally needing years of research. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

Zimbabwe: Anti-corruption unit probes former first lady’s ‘deceitfully’ acquired PhD

By Sally Nyakanyanga
Photo: A method for detecting listeriosis in food products in Chile. Photo: Flickr

Listeriosis: Crisis as death toll rises

By BHEKI C. SIMELANE
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Reporter’s Notebook: Walking with the President

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Western Cape Provincial commissioner Arno Lamoer seen testifying on Tuesday, 1 April 2014, the last day of phase one of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into alleged police inefficiency in the area. The commission was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille after complaints of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

Analysis: The corrosive effect of corruption – court convicts former Provincial Commissioner, Arno Lamoer

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Then South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shake hands during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing, China, 14 July 2015. Photo: EPA/NG HAN GUAN / POOL

Analysis: Ramaphosa’s China Conundrum – to kowtow or hit back?

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Former SA president Jacob Zuma confers with the former State Security Minister David Mahlobo at the ANC Policy Conference, 1 July 2017, Nasrec, Johannesburg.

Op-Ed: What Ramaphosa needs to do to fix state spying, Part 2 – mass and tactical surveillance

By Jane Duncan
Photo: An Airlink plane (Wikimedia Commons)

Competition Commission: Black entrepreneur dared to challenge Airlink’s monopoly to Mthatha – then she was booted out

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Sigidi in Mgungundlovu. Photo: Thembela Ntongana

GroundUp: Battle over mining rights in remote Eastern Cape villages

By GroundUp
Photo:A South African girl reads on her bed at the Cravenby Care Centre in Parow, South Africa, 19 July 2007. The centre, also know as a safe house, supports 52 abused women and children, HIV/Aids victims, drug and alcohol addicts as well as abandoned children and exists entirely on donor funding. Photo: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Health-e News: When love hurts and there’s no money to help

By HEALTH-E NEWS
Photo: People build shacks on City-owned land in Philippi. (Photo: Vincent Lali)

GroundUp: Philippi land occupiers describe desperation

By GroundUp
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GroundUp: AnnMarie Wolpe was a pioneer in gender and education

By GroundUp
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Letter to the Editor: Early childhood development centres cannot be a substitute for quality family engagement

By Daily Maverick
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Scorpio: Gupta Inc – It’s game on as fightback begins

By JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT
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Russian opposition leader Navalny detained over illegal protest

By AFP

Boko Haram kills five civilians in Cameroon attack

By AFP

UPDATE: 2 killed, 9 injured in Langa taxi rank shooting

By News24

US presidents lead tributes to 'America's pastor' Billy Graham

By AFP

Britain suggests longer Brexit transition

By AFP

Trump suggests arming teachers at emotional meeting with shooting survivors

By AFP

More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attack

By AFP

South Africa braces for tough budget

By AFP

Tourists stranded as cyclone's tail hits New Zealand

By AFP

Trump backs ban on 'bump stocks' on semi-automatic weapons

By AFP
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Photo: The ANC Members of Parliament applaud the newly elected president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, 15 February 2018, Cape Town (Leila Dee Dougan for Daily Maverick)

SONA 2018 Debate: Ramaphosa’s new dawn gets a break amid opposition calls for a clean-up

By Marianne Merten
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Op-Ed: Unfinished business and legacies of the Zuma period

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Police look on as women carry placards in protest against the killing of miners by the South African police on Thursday, outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) north-west of Johannesburg, August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.

Mining Charter: Ramaphosa to the rescue – but community voices still ignored

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: A handout photo made available by the South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on 16 February 2018 shows President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa (R) preparing for a SONA (State of the nation address) at parliament, Cape Town, South Africa. EPA-EFE/Kopano Tlape 

Analysis: ANC tries to save face in the House as members lose their appetite for Zuma

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: Hugh Masekela by PeterTea via Flickr.

Thuma Mina: How Hugh Masekela, music and culture can help us shape a new zeitgeist and vision

By Marianne Thamm
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Evita's Free Speech: Ep.130 – Evita’s Valentines for Africa! (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
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Zapiro: The best of the Zuma years

By Zapiro
Photo: Ajay and Atul Gupta  (Original Photo by Gallo Images/City Press/Muntu Vilakazi)

Scorpio: Gupta Inc – crushed and on the run

By JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT
Photo: Xolobeni activist Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe was gunned down in 2016.

GroundUp: Two years later, still no arrests for murder of Xolobeni activist

By GroundUp
Photo: Social Justice Coalition members outside the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, where the police resources case is being heard. Photo: Mary-Anne Gontsana

GroundUp: Police allocation system discriminates, argues civil society lawyer

By GroundUp
Photo: Residents of Cape Town collect drinking water in the early morning from a mountain spring collection point in Cape Town, South Africa, 31 January 2018. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

#CapeWaterGate: The devil is in the detail of communication

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his maiden State of the Nation Address on February 16, 2018. Photo: Leila Dougan

Analysis: Cyril Ramaphosa and the narrative of good Public Relations

By Antoinette Muller
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Op-Ed: What Ramaphosa needs to do to fix state spying, Part One: Rica and lawful interception

By Jane Duncan
Photo: Cyril Ramaphosa and Iraq Prime Minister Mr Haider al-Abadi in Davos, 25 January 2018. (Photo: GCIS)

Analysis: Foreign Policy, Ramaphosa’s current governmental stepchild

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin (front) visits the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics in Novosibirsk, Russia, 08 February 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE/ALEXEY NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

South Africa’s Electricity Choice, Part 4: The dangers of dealing with Russia

By Anton Eberhard & Amory Lovins
Photo: Then South African President Jacob Zuma (L) shares a joke with a family member during his traditional wedding to Tobeka Madiba, his fifth wife, in Nkandla, January 4, 2010.  REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Analysis: Life after Zuma is not all plain sailing for the ANC, particularly in KZN

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: Newly elected President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa addresses Parliament during an extraordinary sitting after the resignation of President Jacob Zuma, Cape Town, South Africa, 15 February 2018. EPA-EFE/MIKE HUTCHINGS / POOL

Analysis: Turning vicious into a virtuous circle

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: The EFF Leadership (EPA)

Op-Ed: Van Onselen's false revolution cannot go unchallenged

By Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi
Photo: A handout photo made available by the South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on 16 February 2018 shows President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa (C) arriving at the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 16 February 2018, to deliver his State Of the Nation Address 2018 (SONA) speech. EPA-EFE/KOPANO TLAPE

SONA 2018: This new broom intends to sweep clean

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa arrives to deliver his (SONA) State of the Nation address at the Parliament, in Cape Town, South Africa, 16 February 2018. President Ramaphosa was sworn in on 15 February 2018, after ex President Zuma's resignation a day earlier, after intense pressure to resign amidst corruption and state capture allegations. EPA-EFE/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA.

Op-Ed: Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address – a weak speech that follows more than it leads

By Gareth van Onselen
Photo by Leila De Dougan.

SONA 2018: A moment of unity in more than just words

By Rebecca Davis
Photo by Leila Dee Dougan.

SONA 2018: President Ramaphosa promises to turn the tide of corruption

By Marianne Merten
Photo: President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa (C) arrives to deliver his (SONA) State of the Nation address at the Parliament, in Cape Town, South Africa, 16 February 2018. President Ramaphosa was sworn in on 15 February 2018, after ex President Zuma's resignation a day earlier, after intense pressure to resign amidst corruption and state capture allegations. EPA-EFE/NASIEF MANIE

SONA 2018: Ramaphosa’s final victory over his predecessor

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Street dwellers who live – and survive – on Parliament’s doorstep. They were forced to pack their belongings and leave during SONA 2018. They spoke to Daily Maverick, but declined to be identified. The man removing a garbage bin lends an ironic touch to the scenario. Photo: Hlumela Dyanti

SONA 2018: Homeless and helpless while the perfumed politicians walk the red carpet

By Aphiwe Ngalo & Hlumela Dyantyi
Photo: Newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA), 16 February 2018, Cape Town.

SONA 2018: New dawn. Renewal. It’s a thing now

By Marianne Merten
Photo: President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa arriving at the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 16 February 2018, to deliver his State Of the Nation Address 2018 (SONA) speech. GCIS/EPA-EFE

SONA 2018 – Cyril Ramaphosa: Our task, as South Africans, is to seize this moment of hope and renewal

By Cyril Ramaphosa
Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation Address in the National Assembly on 16 February, 2018. Photo: Leila Dougan

SONA 2018: Cyril Ramaphosa finally gets his moment and thanks Jacob Zuma

By Rebecca Davis
File Photo: South African 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,  04 November 2016 EPA/NIC BOTHMA

ISS Today: Budget cuts and staff shortages have aggravated the NPA's leadership challenges

By ISS TODAY
Original Photo: Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane (GCIS)

Court trashes Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, again

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South Africa's now  former President Jacob Zuma reacts during the opening ceremony of the 10th Boao Forum for Asian Annual Conference in Boao town, Hainan province, April 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Lee xa5

Op-Ed: Lightning does strike twice – just ask our frazzled former president

By Xolani Mamkeli
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Letter to the Editor: Zexit - A brief note of gratitude

By Alan Storey
Photo: A child's soft toy lies in mud between shacks in the impoverished shack settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa, 23 August 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: As we ponder the State of the Nation, what do we need to address?

By Imraan Valodia
BY DAILY MAVERICK/LEILA DOUGAN

EFF Commander Julius Malema addresses media following Jacob Zuma's resignation, Parliament, 15 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 16 February 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Hailemariam Desalegn

Ethiopia’s ‘Entwined’ Democracy and Development

By Greg Mills
Photo: Residents of Sea Point meeting in January 2017 to express support for affordable housing on the Tafelberg property. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Developers accused of ‘capturing’ Sea Point Ratepayers Association

By GroundUp
Photo: Former President Jacob Zuma (Sapa)

Op-Ed: The morning after – let’s try to lean on our light

By Jonathan Faull
Photo: Residents of Cape Town collect drinking water in the early morning from a mountain spring collection point in Cape Town, South Africa, 31 January 2018. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

A civil engineer’s view: What Cape Town could do with its stormwater

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Op-Ed: Dear Mr President, here are five ways you can ensure SA’s digital success

By William Bird
Photo: Frelimo party presidential candidate, and future president, Filipe Nyusi (C) after casting his vote at a polling station in Maputo, Mozambique, 15 October 2014. EPA/ANTONIO SILVA

ISS Today: Who benefits from Frenamo’s partocracy?

By ISS TODAY
Photo: Newly elected President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa addresses Parliament during an extraordinary sitting after the resignation of President Jacob Zuma, Cape Town, South Africa, 15 February 2018. EPA-EFE/MIKE HUTCHINGS

Ramaphosa’s turn: Hard work ahead

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Jacob Zuma's resignation (Wednesday) and Cyril Ramaphosa after he was sworn president (Thursday). (EPA)

Report: A tale of two days – Zuma’s last and Ramaphosa’s first

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: Redi Tlhabi.

Op-Ed: The Big Debate talks about the role of civil society in change

By ANELE NZIMANDE
Photo: SA Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in a BBC HARDtalk interview on the margins of the World Economic Forum 2018 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. 25 January 2018. (GCIS)

Ramaphosa and the World: South Africa’s opportunity to transform its global reputation

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Patricia De Lille (Leila Dee Dougan)

Analysis: De Lille survives, but not out of the woods

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in as president of South Africa at the Tuynhuys in Cape Town on Thursday evening. Photo: Leila Dougan

Newsflash: It’s Official – Cyril Ramaphosa is the new president of South Africa

By Marianne Merten
In the dock, from left: Nazeem Howa, Ashu Chawla, and  Kamal Vasram. Photo Courtesy Litaletu Zidepa/(News24)

Explainer: The eight Gupta-linked suspects who appeared in court

By Rebecca Davis
File Photo: Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille. Photo: Leila Dougan

Newsflash: 'Die Hard' Patricia De Lille survives despite open ballot

By Marelise van der Merwe
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Open letter to Cyril Ramaphosa: Use your power to make reparation over Marikana

By Daily Maverick
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President Jacob Zuma addresses the media during a national television address in which he resigned, Pretoria, South Africa, 14 February 2018. President Zuma has been under intense pressure to resign amidst ongoing corruption and state capture allegations.

While you were sleeping: 15 February 2018

By John Stupart