Zimbabweans on Tuesday celebrated the end of the President Robert Mugabe era, as he finally threw in the towel and tendered his resignation. The country has known no other leader since it emerged from the former Rhodesia on its independence in 1980, with the 93-year-old Mugabe having been at the helm of the southern African country for the past 37 years. Zimbabweans celebrated long into the night on hearing the news. By SALLY NYAKANYANGA.
Despite vowing that there would be no more extensions, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has granted extra time for branch meetings. He also tried to plug possible loopholes for rigging. Things appear to be a little behind schedule, but branch members and delegates are optimistic that the conference will go ahead. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
While an Inter-ministerial Committee headed by Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency, has overseen the signing of an implementation protocol between South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the South African Post Office (SAPO) for the payment of social grants, Sassa and Department of Social Development officials might find themselves facing criminal action for malpractice. A panel of experts appointed by the Constitutional Court in March has also asked that the court ensure that remedial action is taken to end Sassa’s lack of proper institutional governance, capacity and oversight. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Exams written in tents; cash rewards for information about people destroying campus property; ongoing student arrests. Beyond these aspects, end-of-year exams at South Africa’s universities are proceeding relatively peacefully. Behind the scenes, though, there is considerable uncertainty as to what the future holds. Decisions have to be made by December about student fees for 2018, but there’s still no word from the Department of Higher Education as to what its recommendations will be. Following rumours of a fee-free plan to be pushed through by President Zuma, meanwhile, the Presidency has also fallen silent on the matter. By REBECCA DAVIS.
With the current leadership crisis/handover/coup under way in Zimbabwe, it was only a matter of time before some of our own politicians started to make comparisons. Despite important differences between our societies, there is something about the political zeitgeist that is shared by both countries that people simply can’t resist. On Tuesday news broke that the ANC’s Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu had told Reuters that no matter who wins the ANC’s elective conference, President Jacob Zuma must be removed from office. And he said that South Africa needs to learn a lesson from Zimbabwe where “they call that bloodless corrections”. Mthembu is raising the stakes, sending a message, and painting a very particular picture. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Life Esidimeni: Dr Makgabo Manamela’s absence from arbitration upsets victim’s mother on her late son’s birthday
Sizwe Thabang Hlatshwayo would have turned 30 on Tuesday but died at the Anchor NGO after being transferred from Life Esidimeni. In a day defined by suspended Gauteng mental health director Dr Makgabo Manamela’s no-show at the arbitration, Sizwe’s stepmother Jabulile Hlatshwayo broke down when her son’s birthday was noted. She spoke to GREG NICOLSON about Swize’s life, and her pain.
Last week a full bench of the KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court (Pietermaritzburg) declared invalid several managing association rules of a golfing estate which regulated traffic and discriminated against “domestic employees”. The judgment provides a timely reminder that no person or body (including a body corporate) can contract themselves out of constitutional or other legal obligations.
Cape Town – Tender irregularities, disciplinary action against senior staff members and the shutdown of a forensic investigation are expected to be discussed at a special council meeting of the City of Cape Town on Tuesday morning.