The truth is that most people can spot the crudely inept sort of fake news that Iqbal Survé’s attack poodles peddle, but it’s not about entirely fake news and disinformation any more, but about the steady feeding of misleading misinformation into the mainstream, designed to exacerbate the already stark divisions in South Africa.
Jacob Zuma, the wrecking ball is gone. Yet, we now all bear the burden of paying to fix the economy. It’s a bitter pill to swallow and will be for some time to come because there simply is no proverbial ‘silver bullet’. That was the singular message of Mboweni’s Budget speech on Wednesday.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Thursday confirmed that R23-billion annually over the next 10 years had been pencilled in for Eskom — that’s R150-billion amortised over the decade — as Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan echoed this number a couple of hours later during the parliamentary debate on Eskom. Officially, the Budget had announced support of R23-billion for each of the next three years, with conditions linked to the power utility’s unbundling.
SABC VERTIGO: Board appointments delay: Dysfunctional SABC could lead to challenge of election results
Media Monitoring Africa and the SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition have, in a letter through their lawyers, warned President Cyril Ramaphosa, Speaker Baleka Mbete and Chair of the portfolio committee on communications, Hlengiwe Mkhize, that a dysfunctional SABC could leave election results open to challenge.
Ward 58 – a Local Investigation of State Capture: DA Joburg bigwig implicated in hijacking of city property – found guilty of influence-peddling
The Democratic Alliance’s third in command at the Johannesburg metro council has been found guilty by the City of influence-peddling, using his office for private gain and being in violation of the Code of Conduct for Councillors. Alex Christians is alleged to have helped a private school effectively hijack public property to run as a for-profit enterprise.
ANALYSIS: It is perfectly legitimate to scrutinise Ramaphosa’s business buddies during his presidency – here’s why
Billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe took the unusual step this week of calling a press conference to deny rumours that he would benefit in any way from Eskom’s asset sale. But though such claims are clearly being used as ammunition by conspiracy theorists and critics of President Cyril Ramaphosa, the fact remains that it is legitimate – and indeed necessary – to keep an eye on the business activities of President’s former colleagues, friends and family members.
When Lawrence Mrwebi was appointed head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit at the National Prosecuting Authority, within a month he decided to drop the fraud and corruption charges the prosecuting authority was pursuing against former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. Of particular interest to the inquiry was how, when everyone around him was saying there was a good case to prosecute, he decided otherwise.
The Subaru WRX can lay claim to an enviable motorsport heritage, earned the hard way on the unforgiving stages of the World Rally Championship. In latest road-going guise, the WRX seeks to bring that legacy a broader market – but the result is not quite what the badge infers…
STATE OF THE WESTERN CAPE: SOPA opera, the final act: Zille swansong becomes an electioneering melodrama
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s final State of the Province Address and the subsequent debate has been little more than pure electioneering before the May 8 national elections. Serious issues raised by both the governing and opposition parties in the Western Cape went unnoticed among noisy interjections and walkouts.
Once the undisputed leaders of the booming East African retail market, today some of the biggest names in Kenyan retail are no more. The collapse of leading household brands stands in stark contrast to the hype around high-investment returns expected from Africa’s “burgeoning” middle class, not to mention the conviction of a string of reports claiming outright local domination over multinational competitors in the opaque African consumer market.
Donald Trump has frequently expressed his admiration for the country’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Jackson was a genuine war hero and fighter of Native Americans, including pursuing the policies that led to ‘The Trail of Tears’. He also defied Supreme Court decisions.
Unity in Biting Diversity: Gordhan’s strong letter to Magashule prompts ANC’s reversal and humiliating apology
There was yet another sloppy spillover of infighting in the governing party as the ANC, chasing the ghosts nobody else could see, slammed minister Pravin Gordhan and NEC member Senzo Mchunu for a supposed attack on black professionals – and then backed down in a humiliation a short while later. Someone should tell these factions the elections are around the corner.
Firefighters in the Franschhoek mountains have changed their strategy to keep the fire away from the town because of changed winds by doing a "backburn" from the Franschhoek Pass to the fire, the Cape Winelands District Municipality said on Thursday night.
Theresa May sent two of her key ministers to Brussels to find a way out of the Brexit impasse, as the threat of a chaotic no-deal breakup grows. There was no breakthrough, but further talks will take place, an EU official said. May needs at least some evidence of progress by next week, when lawmakers are once again threatening to wrest control of the Brexit process from her.
It has taken the country’s new National Director of Public Prosecutions, advocate Shamila Batohi, barely two weeks to swing into action in the case of Jackie Lepinka, an NPA employee accused of having received R20,000 in monthly bribes from Bosasa.
South African Civic Organisation (SANCO) members marched to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto on Thursday demanding better administration, improvement in working conditions, hiring of more staff and more vehicles to transport patients.
The embattled and now suspended Deputy Head of the National Prosecuting Authority, Nomgcobo Jiba, had her say at the Mokgoro Inquiry that seeks to determine her fitness to hold office at the NPA. After years of loyal service, Jiba stated how shocked she was at how her colleagues at the NPA treated her like a common criminal.
The wellness industry is booming with herbal medicines popping up in health stores and pharmacies all around the world; is this an economy that South Africa’s practitioners of traditional medicines can play a part in? Should they?
Theatre Interview: Sainthood explores high school identities, themes around masculinity and privilege
At 23 years old, Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni is a playwright, director, actor and already has an award-winning play. Her debut play, Sainthood, tackles the toxic masculinity and culture at private all-boys schools. The early success came as a surprise for the recent university graduate, but it was the result of years of hard work.
Suspended deputy national director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba told the Mokgoro inquiry that she was shocked to hear her colleagues say she was not qualified to lead the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
On Wednesday the South African Human Rights Commission held its last sitting of the inquiry of the contamination of the Vaal River. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) were among the stakeholders called in to present and update the commission on the progress made after they were ordered to intervene by the finance minister in 2018, amid concerns around funding for the project.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court, and the jurisprudence emanating from that court, remain (with some exceptions) well-regarded among progressive legal scholars and judges in South Africa and in many other parts of the world. But an extraordinary recent judgment of the Constitutional Court represents an embarrassing chapter in the Court’s lustrous 25-year history, and tarnishes the reputation of our highest court.