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23 February 2017 18:46 (South Africa)
South Africa

Strike Thuli Madonsela, strike a rock – who could someday be Madam President

  • Ranjeni Munusamy
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    Ranjeni Munusamy

    Ranjeni Munusamy is a survivor of the Salem witch trials and has the scars to show it. She has a substantial collection of tattered t-shirts from having “been there and done it” – from government, the Zuma trials, spin-doctoring and upsetting the applecart in South African newsrooms. Following a rather unexciting exorcism ceremony, she traded her femme-fatale gear for a Macbook and a packet of Liquorice Allsorts. Her graduation Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks means she knows a thing or two about telling the South African story.

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan flanked by Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas and Director General Lungile Fuzile arrive ahead of the budget speech. (Photo: GCIS)

WATCH LIVE: Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas in conversation with Ranjeni Munusamy

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini launches Disability Rights Awareness Month 2016 at Sibonile School for the Visually Impaired in Sedibeng East, Meyerton. South Africa. 03/11/2016. Siyabulela Duda, GCIS

Social Grants: Five minutes to midnight – and Bathabile Dlamini is still holding a gun to SA’s head

By Marianne Thamm
Photo by Isabel Sommerfeld via Flickr

SA’s poverty alleviation plans: Almost, but not quite

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo by Ryan Kilkpatrick via Flickr.

Letter to Editor: Transformation of South Africa needs high sense of consciousness for social justice to succeed

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Police officers hold suspects at gun point after they entered mens hostels following xenophobic violence in the area in Actonville, Johannesburg, South Africa, 16 April 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: Xenophobic attacks mask deep fault lines within South African society

By Marius Oosthuizen
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (C) arrives with his staff to present his Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 February 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA.

Pravin’s World: A new moral vision and power play in a time of disorder

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: A picture made available on 21 June 2016 shows workers of the nuclear power plant going through a close into the reactor building in Grafenrheinfeld, Germany, 31 May 2016. The nuclear power plant is currently under decommissioning. The operator of the power plant is planning to finish the demolition to by approximately 2035. EPA/DANIEL KARMANN

Nuclear Deal: Case to stop SA from bankrupting itself begins

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: People protested against the South African government’s nuclear deal with Russia in Cape Town on Wednesday. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Court hears why nuclear deal should be stopped

By GroundUp
Photo: South African captain Faf du Plessis (R) celebrates as the team leave the field following their win in the first Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Western Australia Cricket Ground (WACA) in Perth, Australia, 07 November 2016.

Once they were Worriers: Proteas getting to grips with crunch clashes

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South African Rand coins are seen in this photo illustration taken September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Interview: Corporate collusion in the spotlight

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A Constitutional Court judgment in December explains how animals are viewed in South African law. Photo of Sputnik the dog: Masixole Feni

GroundUp: How our Constitution views animals

By GroundUp
Photo: Protesters outside Parliament demanded a pro-poor Budget from Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Gordhan announces 9% boost in social grant spending

By GroundUp
Photo: People queue for social grants in Mdantsane, East London. Photo by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik

GroundUp: SASSA prepares for ‘tough negotiations’ over grant payments

By GroundUp
Photo: South Africans whose homes were destroyed by a fire in November 2015 take refuge in the Masiphumelele community hall, Cape Town, South Africa, 26 January 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

ISS Today: Supporting families is essential for inclusive economic growth in SA

By ISS TODAY
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (C) arrives with his staff to present his Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 February 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Gordhan’s Budget 2017 meets broad approval

By Marianne Merten
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presents his Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 February 2017. The speech outlines the current state of the economy and governments plan going forward.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

2017 Budget Speech

By Pravin Gordhan
Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas, Cape Town, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)

In numbers: Budget 2017

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson)

BUDGET 2017: Political uncertainty overshadows tight “transformation” budget

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and President Jacob Zuma during the SADC Organ Troika Meeting at Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, ahead of the 34th Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government Ordinary Summit on Economic Transformation. Zimbabwe . 16/08/2012. Siyabulela Duda (GCIS)

‘Hasty, irrational and unconstitutional’: High Court’s damning verdict on SA’s ICC withdrawal

By Simon Allison
Photo: South African residents of Masiphumelele take part in a protest march along Kommetjie road on their way to the Simonstown Magistrates court to support community leader Lubabalo Vellem, in Cape Town, South Africa, 14 June 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

TRAINSPOTTER: Preview – Reading a Budget in a post-Budget country

By Richard Poplak
Photo: Members of the ruling party African National Congress (ANC) sing and dance during a Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma debate in the Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 10 November 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: We should fear the ANC’s uncontrollable anger

By Belinda Bozzoli
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SA’s Corporatised Liberation: A critical analysis of the ANC in power (Extract)

By Dale T. McKinley
Photo: Lonmin’s Marikana operation at dawn, Sunday May 13, 2013.  North West Province, South Africa. (Photo: Greg Marinovich)

The platinum belt’s rape crisis: Less healthcare, more consequences

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Australia Wallabies’ Dan Vickerman takes part in their Captain’s run in September, 2011. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

It’s the silence that kills us: The sad case of Dan Vickerman

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A South African journalist films riot police taking up position inside Parliament during the opening of Parliament ceremony and State Of The Nation Address (SONA) by President Zuma in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa 09 February 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA/POOL

ISS Today: Military policing of Parliament – what does SA law say?

By ISS TODAY
Photo: Refugees are evicted by police officers from the side of a major road in Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 July 2008.  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Xenophobia rears its head: Gauteng on a knife-edge once more

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: An architect’s impression of the controversial 60m-high apartment and retail building on the edge of Bo-Kaap (in red) which could set a precedent for other massive buildings to follow (in grey). Image courtesy of Rick Brown & Associates

GroundUp: Cape Town residents concerned about ‘development at all costs’ approach

By GroundUp
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NOT JUST 94: #SayTheirNames

By NOMATTER NDEBELE
Main photo: Air Mercy Services fixed wing aircraft prepares for take-off to take specialist doctors to hard to reach parts of the country.

Spotlight: Fly-by-night tenders

By Spotlight