Politics

iMaverick: South Africa, Monday 29 August

By Andy Rice 29 August 2011

The DA goes digital with their Twitter Town Hall meeting while Malema spends the day with head bowed, hoping the that when the strike comes it's a little less violent than SAMWU's. We take an "exclusive" look at the ANC's winners and losers in the midst of the Malema debacle as well as the time-travelling abilities of a certain photograph. Get your fix in iMaverick today!

POWER TO THE TWEEPLE AS DA HOSTS ANOTHER TWITTER TOWN HALL MEETING

Less than four months after the local elections, the DA has again started its popular Twitter Town Hall meetings, and the tweeple are curious, with questions ranging from Julius Malema’s disciplinary to “racism” in the DA. CARIEN DU PLESSIS followed the #DAQA.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION: MALEMA PRAYS FOR DIVINE INTERVENTION

Even as a church congregation prayed for strength for Julius Malema in his disciplinary before the ANC this week, the Young Lion remained unrepentant about his wealth and how he got it. CARIEN DU PLESSIS was in church on Sunday – and later also heard that the SACP is rejoicing in the ANC’s disciplinary moves.

HOW NOT TO STRIKE FOR DUMMIES: SAMWU EDITION

We’re in the midst of strike season, and Samwu leadership got its industrial action wrong. In fact, they’re getting it so spectacularly, superlatively wrong that they’ve inspired PAUL BERKOWITZ to write a primer on how not to go about striking. Other unions: take note. Do NOT try this in your home union.

EXCLUSIVE: SUNDAY TIMES EXCLUSIVE ISN’T EXCLUSIVE

iMaverick/Daily Maverick can exclusively reveal that this week’s Sunday Times’ “Facebook racist” photograph is not an exclusive – it was exclusively revealed by 702’s Eyewitness News in May 2008.  And then exclusively revealed by the Mail & Guardian in October 2008. Oh, and also by Beeld the same month. Actually, we can’t even reveal it exclusively – it was all over Twitter yesterday, prompting legions of assume it’s all over the world. By CHRIS VICK.

MALEMA UNDER ATTACK: ANC’S WINNERS AND LOSERS

When something as momentous as the Julius Malema ANC disciplinary hearing is on the cards, it’s always good to examine the political power plays that are operating at the same time. The dynamics of what’s actually happening are usually intertwined with the political personalities. In short, there’s a lot going on. By STEPHEN GROOTES.



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No, not really. But now that we have your attention, we wanted to tell you a little bit about what happened at SARS.

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"What's the sense in having an eclipse if you can't look at it? Somebody in production sure slipped up this time!" ~ Charles M. Schulz