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24 February 2018 09:59 (South Africa)
South Africa

ANC MK Council: Our allegiance is to South Africa first – we cannot fight against our own people

  • 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.

Photo:  The Chief of South African National Defence Force Siphiwe Nyanda salutes the General Officer commanding the North West province April 27, 1999, during Freedom Day Celebrations in Umtata stadium. This was the last Defence Force day parade which President Nelson Mandela attended in his Capacity of Commander in-Chief of the armed forces, before his retirement after the country's second all-race elections on June 2, 1999.
Photo: William Endley with the former South Sudan vice president Riek Machar. (Linked-in profile photo)

South Sudan: Ex-SA colonel faces death by hanging

Photo: One of four men accused of crimes in connection to their alleged support of the Islamic State conceals his face with a folder prior the start of the trial at the Criminal Court Moabit in Berlin, Germany, 15 February 2018. EPA-EFE/Sean Gallup / POOL

Terrorism: SA Government asks UK to amend its travel advisory

Photo: Lebo Mashile and Ann Masina on stage for the final dress rehearsal ahead of the Design Indaba opening of Saartjie vs Venus on Friday evening. Photo: Daily Maverick

Saartjie Baartman: Lebo Mashile brings her story to life – a life relevant today

File Photo: Ajay and Atul Gupta and Duduzane Zuma (Muntu Vilakazi for Gallo Images)

Hawks probe: Fugitive Ajay Gupta sought for other corruption, not Estina

By Greg Nicolson
File Photo: A bust of the late Nelson Mandela is seen prior to the arrival of President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver his for the State of the Nation address at Parliament, Cape Town, 16 February 2018. EPA-EFE/NASIEF MANIE / POOL

ISS Today: Can SA’s Parliament redeem itself as an oversight mechanism?


Ben Loomis of the USA in action during the Ski Jumping portion of the Nordic Combined Large Hill / 4 x 5 km Team competition at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, South Korea, 22 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 23 February 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Example of Islamic State Propaganda Calling for Attacks (TRAC)

Op-Ed: Is the Islamic State ready to open a battlefront in South Africa?

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: The sun sets over the Atlantic ocean behind the Sentinel mountain and the Hangberg community at its foot in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, 24 April 2014. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Giving meaning to South Africa’s Ocean Economy

By Lisa Otto
Photo by StormSignal via Flickr

Op-Ed: Taking Charge of our State-owned Enterprises

By Dirk de Vos
Photo: Minister Gigaba flanked by Deputy Minister Buthelezi, SARS Commissioner Moyane and DG Mogajane). Minister Melusi Gigaba delivering his 2018 Budget Speech, National Assembly, Cape Town. 21/02/2018, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS.

Budget 2018: Ratings agency still gloomy amid talk of renewal

By Rebecca Davis
Photo by Elitat via Flickr.

Explainer: Budget VAT rise will hurt poor, despite mitigating efforts

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South African boys look down flooded alleyways between shack homes in Masiphumelele informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, 07 September 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Promise of a new dawn, lost in the 2018 Budget speech

By Daniel McLaren
Photo: (Left) President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa listens to the annual Budget speech delivered by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 21 February 2018. EPA-EFE/BRENTON GEACH. (Right) US President Donald J. Trump (L) gestures while delivering remarks beside First Lady Melania Trump (R), while hosting a reception in honour of National African American History Month, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 13 February 2018. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Time/Space Continuum: I hope for South Africa, I fear for the United States

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa delivering State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018 during the joint sitting of Parliament in the National Assembly, Cape Town, 16 February 2018. [Photo: GCIS]

Parliamentary Notebook: A squash and a squeeze gets two weeks’ worth of work done in four days

By Marianne Merten
Photo: King Goodwill Zwelithini (EPA)

Ingonyama Trust: Ramaphosa warned that meddling with KZN tribal land means ‘playing with fire’

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: Members of the Security Council stand for a moment of silence before the start of the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 20 February 2018. EPA-EFE/JASON SZENES

ISS Today: South Africa returns to UN Security Council with a new leader

Photo: Graphical depiction of the winning bid’s vision of the Foreshore. Captured from Youtube video

GroundUp: Foreshore development violates Cape Town’s transport policy, say experts

By GroundUp
Photo: Helen Zille delivers her State of the Province address at the Western Cape Legislature on Thursday, 22 February 2018. Photo: Leila Dougan

State of the Western Cape: Heckling and interruptions punctuate Zille address


Report: Gupta-owned Optimum Coal blames Eskom, Transnet for cash crisis


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: SARS commissioner Tom Moyane (GCIS)

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

Photo: Ajay and Atul Gupta.

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


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

By Marianne Thamm
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: 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: 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 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: Daily Maverick

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