Crime Intelligence Top Job: Candidates on shortlist ‘wholly unsuitable’ warns Paul O’Sullivan, citing ‘criminal acts’
Now that former head of Crime Intelligence, Richard Mdluli, has departed, leaving an R8-million hole in the fiscus after lingering “at home” on suspension for seven years, the time has come to clean up one of the filthiest and chaotic divisions of SAPS. Mdluli’s resignation clears the way for the appointment of a new permanent head to this key position, but already there are rumblings that potential shortlisted candidates are tainted. By MARIANNE THAMM.
After the ascent of Cyril Ramaphosa, several members of the commentariat suggested that this would put both the DA and the EFF in difficult positions. Some even went as far as suggesting that the EFF would find itself in quite a desperate position, as much of the source of their political attraction was inextricably linked with Jacob Zuma’s high crimes and misdemeanours. While the “red berets” have strongly disagreed with that assessment, and claimed that the party is now more relevant than ever, recent events appear to show that they are not correct, and that its leaders are growing more desperate: they need attention, they need political power, they need an enemy. The hunt is now on for a new enemy through which they can gain a real foothold in the national debate. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
There will be a national minimum wage, just not from 1 May as announced some 13 months ago. Parliament’s labour committee on Thursday dropped its push to have the draft law, alongside the two required amendments to existing labour legislation, approved in the House next week so the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) could approve the draft laws after parliamentarians return form recess in the second half of April in time for implementation on Workers’ Day. Thursday’s development is a mix of behind-the-scenes intercessions and realpolitik: rush to pass a fraught law that’s likely to be challenged or allow time for a credible process. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Two years after anti-mining activist Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe was gunned down on the Wild Coast, the police investigation into his murder appears to have gone nowhere. Now his family and attorneys have made startling claims that the murder investigation has been bungled or “intentionally impeded” by senior police officials – and they have demanded that the NPA take charge of the investigation before the evidence trail runs stone cold. By TONY CARNIE.
When avid television bingers go cold turkey on DStv and sign up for Netflix et al – and more such platforms will come our way in time – you find so much great stuff. Your first question is, WhyTF didn’t Multichoice tell us about this stuff, buy it and put it on our bouquet? Your next thought is to stick a middle finger in the air and send it to Randburg. Then you read this column, every Friday in Daily Maverick, for some clues as to what to watch next. First up: Collateral (BBC2-Netflix), and Humanity (Netflix). By TONY JACKMAN.
The latest-generation Mazda MX-5 marks the return of the quintessential, classic roadster: lightweight, lithe and elegantly uncomplicated, with an unwavering focus on undiluted driving pleasure. The RF version adds the convenience of a retractable hard top and an auto gearbox – but loses some lustre in the process. By DEON SCHOEMAN.
On Tuesday, among other developments, the Portfolio Committee for Rural Development and Land Reform got a detailed update into one of land reform’s less widely reported embarrassments: the tiny, embattled piece of Rama land, north of Tshwane. It was handed back to the people of Madidi in 2002, only to end up facing investigations by the Hawks amongst allegations of corruption, fraud and murder. Now the question is what will be done to right the wrongs done to the people of Madidi, the intended beneficiaries. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Truevine: An Extraordinary True Story of Two Brothers and a Mother’s Love was released in paperback last month by Pan Macmillan. The book tells the story of George and Willie Muse, African-American brothers born in the United States with albinism at the turn of the 20th Century, at the height of segregation laws and racial violence. Shortly due to visit South Africa, journalist and author BETH MACY describes how it took her 25 years to piece together the family's story that had never been told in public.
An investigation into the extensive damage caused to 1,326 properties in several areas around Johannesburg following a violent storm in December 2017 has found that poor design and construction methods coupled with the use of substandard building materials left the properties at risk of storm damage. By BHEKI SIMELANE.
It is estimated that a South African woman would need to work two months more than a man to earn the equivalent salary that her male counterpart would earn in a year. There are other gender inequalities in all facets of life. By SEDIKO RAKOLOTE.
There are problems with literacy tests and what they can tell us. The tests work with greatly limited constructs of both literacy and language and are neither sensitive enough nor grounded enough in actual classroom literacy practices to be of any use beyond pointing to what we all already know in broad outline – schooling is a problem in South Africa, characterised by systemic inequalities, widespread inefficiencies and by national curricula that are blunt instruments, responding to the differences and particularities that characterises schooling in South Africa as if there were no differences. By MASTIN PRINSLOO.
Excessive levels of violence against children are also worrying because a growing body of evidence suggests that boys who experience physical violence have an increased risk of perpetrating violence against their own children and intimate partners later in life. In other words, violence against children perpetuates an intergenerational cycle of violence. By STEFANIE RÖHRS.
In his analysis of our present political situation, Adam Habib uses the analogy of the current hit film Black Panther to illustrate the way forward for South Africa. He likens the bad guy (Killmonger) in the film to the EFF who he reads as “proto-fascist” and the good guy (Black Panther) as the role model Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC should be emulating. I claim he misses the point, that while Black Panther presents itself as a progressive film, it fails and is actually the opposite. While Black Panther has touched a chord with black youth who have flocked to see it dressed in traditional attire, raising power salutes (inspired by the viral marketing campaign), the film has stirred feelings of black pride for sure. But what is the real ideological message people buy with their cinema ticket?
Though in his old age, Zimbabwe’s former head of state Robert Mugabe remains as shrewd as ever. He would not have spoken out in the way and at the time that he has if he did not see this as a power move in the run-up to the July 2018 elections in Zimbabwe.
The redistribution of wealth and power and elimination of substantial inequality is the fundamental goal of the post-apartheid project. That goal is not capable of being pursued exclusively, or even primarily, through markets. It is, or should be, the primary purpose of the post-apartheid state. And the state’s recent engagement with expropriation as a way of redistributing land could signal a deeper commitment on its part to challenging markets and inequality.
All the people I know who have lost a loved one know the feeling, something inside you dies also, and it never goes away but it gets better with time. Our media has much to answer for and certainly can ensure they cover death in a more compassionate manner.
by Douglas Gillison President Donald Trump on Thursday hit China with tariffs on up to $60 billion of imports to retaliate against the "theft" of American intellectual property, ratcheting up trade tensions between the world's two largest economies.
Cape Town - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Thursday that she was frustrated that her disciplinary hearing was postponed indefinitely after a panelist recused himself.De Lille's legal team had argued for panel members Pogiso Monchusi and Sheila Camerer to be removed.
Cape Town – The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has shot down accusations that it has not been co-operating with United Nations investigations into allegations of abuse by peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).