by Paul HANDLEY / Rob Lever The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday accused WikiLeaks of endangering Americans, helping US rivals and hampering the fight against terror threats by releasing what the anti-secrecy site claimed was a trove of CIA hacking tools.
Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini and senior Sassa officials have managed to string along parliament's oversight committee for at least six months about the agency's readiness to act as paymaster for social grants after March 31, but they will now have to face the music in the Constitutional Court. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has directed Sassa to provide the names of officials responsible for any decisions, the dates those decisions were made, reasons why the court was not informed, when it was that Sassa realised it would be unable to act as paymaster on April 1 and when exactly Dlamini was alerted to it all. The fat lady is about to sing. By MARIANNE THAMM
Top SA jurists make the case for the ICC, as South Africa withdraws its original notice of withdrawal
In an attempt to cut through the fog of misunderstanding and misinformation that surrounds South Africa’s membership of the International Criminal Court, a heavyweight panel of brilliant legal minds – including six former Constitutional Court justices – has briefed Parliament on what exactly is at stake. By SIMON ALLISON.
The system used by the Department of Social Development to distribute grants has been in the spotlight recently. What has been given less attention, however, is the fact that the collected biometric information of all the grant recipients used to administer the grants amounts to a large-scale privacy hazard. And it’s not just Sassa amassing personal information on citizens: a recent report suggests that South Africa’s surveillance state is expanding by alarming proportions. By REBECCA DAVIS.
New draft legislation on the management and governance regimen at state-owned entities (SOEs) is expected from April 2017. Parliament’s public enterprises committee on Wednesday was told that a “concept document” goes to Cabinet for approval at the end of March, and a draft Bill would follow. It’s the next step in the much-talked about, long-outstanding reform of SOEs, frequently overshadowed by governance and financial turmoil. As Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told MPs it might not be a smooth ride, she could not have known that the Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa (Prasa) board would be dissolved a little later. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Synecdoce is an interesting but seldom used word of Greek origin which means a part of some object or action which represents the whole. An example is the application by the Timbavati reserve to hunt a super tusker and its approval by Kruger National Park. There are only about 25 to 30 such elephants left in the world. That single request, in a long list of other animals to be hunted, embodies a much bigger story. By DON PINNOCK.
The administration of payment of social grants by CPS via the unlawful Sassa tender award refers. If the finding that CPS has no right to benefit has any teeth, it means that CPS must disgorge all profits it has made so far. By PAUL HOFFMAN.
Commuters huddle on the top of the trains running through Dhaka. “That way,” says a local businessman, “they avoid the fare.” Inside, the carriages are jampacked, bodies spilling out of the open doors. Like all other modes of local transport, from the ubiquitous canopied rickshaws and green tuk-tuks to the lurching, blaring buses notable for their scraped bodywork and their unwillingness to slow down, it’s patently unsafe and user unfriendly. By GREG MILLS.
As the world observes International Women’s Day, the irony is not lost on those affected by the global gag rule reinstated by the Trump administration. It has been little over a month since US President Donald Trump reintroduced the Mexico City policy, and the finer points remain clear as mud. Meanwhile, those affected under the Bush administration are still battling to recover. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Dean Elgar knuckled down to record his seventh Test century and help South Africa craft a recovery from 22 for three, after the Proteas won the toss and elected to bat on day one of the first Test in Dunedin. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
On Wednesday Parliament’s Communications Committee settled on five people who will now be put forward to be appointed as the new interim board of the SABC. For many, this will be the final end to one of our worst ever sagas, a tragicomedy marked by the awful Hlaudi Motsoeneng, and those around him. And there will be relief that this is all over. But, the process that is currently being followed is very likely to lead to all of this happening again. We need to think again about how best to manage the SABC, and what we want from the corporation.