by Abdallah Ibrahim with Ammar Karim in Baghdad Iraqi forces seized the Kirkuk governor's office, key military sites and an oil field on Monday as they swept across the disputed province following soaring tensions with Kurds over an independence referendum.
Analysis: John Block and Marius Fransman stepped down when charged – why not the same action for President Zuma?
If the ANC’s Integrity Commission had any lingering doubts, Friday’s Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment confirming the reinstatement of 18 charges of 783 counts against President Jacob Zuma should have cleared it all up. Precedents have been set. Former Minister of Communications Dina Pule resigned in 2013 after an investigation by Parliament’s ethics committee; in 2014 the Integrity Commission asked Northern Cape ANC Chair John Block – later sentenced (in 2016) to a 15-year jail term – to resign, and in 2016 Western Cape Chair Marius Fransman was asked to step away pending charges of sexual assault. Will the Integrity Commission bear its fangs when it comes to Zuma? By MARIANNE THAMM.
Welcome to the 12th article in the series, “Declassified: Apartheid Profits”. While researching the recently published book Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit, Open Secrets collected approximately 40,000 archival documents from 25 archives in seven countries. This treasure trove contains damning details of the individuals and corporations that propped up apartheid and profited in return. Many of these documents were kept secret until now. Most remain hidden despite South Africa’s transition to democracy. OPEN SECRETS believes that it is vital to allow the public to scrutinise the primary evidence. This week we turn to British businessman Tiny Rowland, and another of Pretoria’s international allies: Margaret Thatcher’s United Kingdom.
Every time South Africa suffers a serious drought, it doesn’t take long for someone to suggest that an iceberg should be towed from Antarctica to be tapped as a water source. It sounds laughably outlandish, but a company in the United Arab Emirates claims that it is undertaking the task in 2018 in order to alleviate the UAE’s water shortages. Could the same thing work for South Africa? By REBECCA DAVIS.
If one is foolish enough to try to determine certain outcomes from our current political equations, a number of important variables will become apparent. There are so many moving parts that it is difficult to assign values to any of these variables. But one of the most important questions that could answer what will happen over the next five years revolves around a sort of “missing” constituency in our politics. These are people who used to vote, but have stopped casting their ballot. If one can identify these people, and work out what their interests are, it may be possible to determine how the country will swing in 2019 and beyond. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
The Life Esidimeni arbitration, aimed at promoting restorative justice for relatives of the 141 mentally ill patients who died, entered its second week on Monday. Families have had to relive the gruesome details of how their loved ones died, but if former Deputy Chief Justice is to get to the bottom of what happened, former MEC Qedani Mahlangu must be found and put on the stand. By GREG NICOLSON.
One year into an historical free trade agreement which significantly increased access to the world’s largest market, South Africa has fallen far short of exploiting its full new quotas of duty-free agricultural exports to the European Union. By PETER FABRICIUS.
A school in Maritzburg College’s position could redeem its reputation as a place of relevant learning by challenging opinionated students to defend their views in the public square under the disclaimer that those opinions are not necessarily those of the college.
A country that is not producing new knowledge can only sink into oblivion as it has merely to copy others rather than find solutions for its own context. Universities are the engine room for South Africa’s new ideas and play a critical role in its development.
Since the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed President Jacob Zuma’s bid to appeal against the High Court judgment which declared invalid the decision to drop charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering against him, several false or only half-true claims have been made about the case. So, yet again, it is time to do some fact-checking.