One hundred and six years of history have nudged the African National Congress towards this moment, their very own Battle of Helm’s Deep, where all of the organisation’s internal contradictions – to say nothing of the terrible legacy of South Africa itself – will play out over the course of five long days (if we’re lucky). South Africans have been in the midst of this war for so long that perspective is nearly impossible – the ruckus has stolen our brains. At the core of this melee is the Congress’s failure to construct a cohesive, comprehensive nation out of the ruins of apartheid. And in the middle of the molten jumble, we find Jacob Zuma, post-apartheid South Africa’s emblematic figure. (You thought that was Nelson Mandela? Nah.) What happens to Zuma and his faction this weekend determines not just the future of the party, but of the country. By RICHARD POPLAK.
This is the final instalment in the series, ‘Declassified: Apartheid Profits’. The series has aimed to introduce the public to the primary evidence collected during the research for the recently published book Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit. These documents have told the damning stories of the profiteering individuals and corporations that propped up apartheid and profited in return. In this final piece for 2017, we show how a group of individuals have continued to seek to profit today from the crimes of the past. We draw on documents obtained in the research process for Apartheid Guns and Money, as well as new evidence provided in the record to the Pretoria High Court in the matter of ABSA and the South African Reserve Bank vs. the Public Protector. Together, these documents reveal the consequence of South Africa’s failure to grapple with economic crimes of the past – namely the ability of bounty hunters to manipulate these stories for personal gain.
Better late than never, ANC presidential candidates have been confirming their running mates with only a day to go before the ANC’s 54th national conference in Johannesburg. Presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu has at last agreed to be second to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Fellow presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s campaigners claim ANC Mpumalanga chairperson David Mabuza has told branch delegates he will be her number two, but it’s not entirely clear that he actually did. One thing is certain, however – by Sunday it should all be over. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
The Bloemfontein High Court will deliver its judgment on Friday on whether some ANC branch delegates from the Free State will be barred from attending the party’s national elective conference. The results of the ANC presidential election could be at stake. By GREG NICOLSON.
The mound of court documents on President Jacob Zuma and his legal adviser’s bedside table grew by one more on Thursday when the Helen Suzman Foundation and CEO of Sygnia, Magda Wierzycka, filed a 151-page application with thousands of attachments in the North Gauteng High Court suing No 1 and 74 others implicated in the capture of the state for billions of rand. By MARIANNE THAMM.
With the ANC’s conference finally just hours away, it still seems to hazy. This extended drama deep into the extra time has meant that the speculation about who will actually win and what will happen afterwards is still very much at a fever-pitch. There are those who believe the choice is between Heaven and Hell, and that what happens will consign us to rapid economic growth or dictatorship. Fortunately, and unfortunately, the choice is probably less stark than that, with different shades inhabiting the known universe. Still, it can be said, with fair amount of certainty, that if Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma wins, there will be a big and negative reaction from many parts of society, particularly in urban areas. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
There is little correlation between the headline and the article by Sara Gon published in Daily Maverick on 17 November 2017. Yet one feels compelled to respond to some of the inaccuracies, which are disappointing considering Ms Gon is a Policy Fellow of an established research and policy organisation. First of which is that this is not a public contestation for office, neither is it a beauty contest. It is a succession debate about political leadership and ours is a very vigorous process we must all go through in electing a leader encapsulated in the ANC’s Eye of the Needle policy document. Which is why my campaign has been run on principle rather than expediency or personal ambition. By LINDIWE SISULU.
Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Phumzile van Damme and National Spokesperson Refiloe Nt’sekhe laid charges against President Jacob Zuma at the Rosebank Police Station at lunch time on Thursday. The DA laid charges of perjury against the president for misrepresentation under oath – not once, but twice. By BHEKI SIMELANE.
Laloo ‘Isu’ Chiba was a former Robben Island political prisoner and a board member of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He passed away on 8 December 2017. ZAAKIRAH VADI writes about her memories of the anti-apartheid struggle stalwart.
Accusations of vote-buying and dirty play have been flung about by both sides in the presidential race, with each side accusing the other of playing the dirtiest. Presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, for one, believes she’s sold herself well enough not to have to buy votes, and said as much in her final campaign speech on Wednesday. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
I’m hoping this will be the last ANC National Elective Conference to be decided by a minority vote – the last where a minority of ANC members elect leaders for the majority, and where a small ANC minority nominate leaders for the entire population of South Africa.
The past few weeks have been an uncomfortable period for the South African business community. But whatever these instances show, they are not representative of broader business conduct, nor do they collapse the differences between the overwhelmingly honest behaviour of the business community and the industrial level corruption going on at all levels of government.
The outcome of the ANC’s elective conference will, in many ways, determine the future of the country. This is because the contest over the leadership of the party is in fact a contest over access to state resources. Although both campaigns have tried to make it seem otherwise, and even the media has felt obliged to portray it as a clash of two ideological platforms, this is really a war over impunity for corruption in government. If Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is victorious, impunity will reign. At this point, nothing else really matters.
Johannesburg - Striking SABC employees have threatened to shut down the broadcaster ahead of the African National Congress conference at Nasrec in Johannesburg on Saturday if the board does not meet its demands for a 10% salary increase.