If you thought that the ANC could not stoop any lower, think again. After a series of meetings with their stalwarts and military veterans, the ANC has now spat in their faces. In a spectacular volte-face, some ANC leaders are denying they had agreed to a national consultative conference to confront the crisis in the party. Initially stunned by the betrayal, the stalwarts have now decided to fight back for the soul of the ANC. Those at the forefront of the struggle against apartheid are now remobilising to take on their own organisation. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
On Friday the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) will march on SARS headquarters in Pretoria in an attempt at highlighting the negative impact of a lack of enforcement and inspection of imported goods at South Africa’s customs points. As the local sector bleeds jobs because of cheap and illegal imports, the apparent disarray at SARS also cost the fiscus at least R3-billion in unpaid import taxes on Chinese imports in 2014 alone. This, say union researchers, could have funded 9-million monthly child support and 2.1-million monthly old age grants in 2015 and could be regarded as a form of economic sabotage. By MARIANNE THAMM.
TRAINSPOTTER: Landlocked — an interview with Julius Malema on Zuma, expropriation, and the pending revolution
Land expropriation without compensation is the issue on which Julius Malema has premised his entire career. Now President Jacob Zuma, his arch nemesis, has initiated a move to grab land grabs as his own foundational policy position. Which is why Daily Maverick felt it was time for a one-on-one catch up with the Commander in Chief. By RICHARD POPLAK.
The private company at the heart of the Sassa social grant disaster has attracted controversy for a number of reasons. Among them: its practice of using the Sassa database to sell products to grant recipients, and to automatically deduct money for these products off their grant payments. As pressure mounts against Net1 and its largest single shareholder, Allan Gray, the point to debate is this: even if this practice is legal, is it ethical? By REBECCA DAVIS.
Earlier this week we saw the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s tirade about what he called President Jacob Zuma’s “unprovoked announcement” to replace three members of the Judicial Service Commission. The media were quick to respond, with the Daily Maverick publishing two articles about it (Stephen Grootes’ Is Zuma/ANC starting a battle for the soul of SA judiciary? and Richard Poplak’s Jacob Zuma, and how the state breaks when you’re otherwise occupied). Theories about a so-called state capture of the judiciary quickly arose. Yet no one, it seems, bothered to look at the facts. By JOHN JEFFERY.
Four women rape survivors recount in intimate detail their stories. From the horror of the act, through the years of trauma and stigma to where they are now – these are survivors who have taken back their lives and can even forgive the men who raped them. By STREET TALK.
The Gauteng department of health’s incompetence and negligence caused the deaths of over 100 mentally ill patients from Life Esidimeni. Five weeks after the health ombudsman released his explosive report, the department’s new leaders are doing everything right, everything that should have been done a year ago. It’s time to fix the system. By GREG NICOLSON.
The Competition Commission, the country’s superhero against corporate collusion, has taken another scalp. Collusion can be a win-win game for businesses: profit now and pay later – and only if you’re caught. The introduction of criminal charges could change that, but we’re still waiting for the first prosecution. By GREG NICOLSON.
The local interpretation of Peter Weiss’ groundbreaking and Tony Award-winning modernist play – as topical today as it was in 1963 when it was first written – is a thrilling and disturbing spectacle of the grotesque in which an accomplished cast succeed in bleeding the script into a modern and violent post-911 socio-political reality filled with uncertainty and horror. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Open Letter to Minister Motsoaledi: Muzzling healthcare workers does little to address problems in the system
The Rural Health Advocacy Project has written an open letter to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi challenging him to support healthcare workers to speak out, saying failing to so could see many more cases like those in the Life Esidimeni saga. By SAMANTHA KHAN-GILLMORE.
As the Gordon Institute of Business Science hosts an important conference on ‘Fraud and Corruption, Governance, Ethics, compliance and investigations’, three pertinent questions are being asked: How can you ensure ethical leadership, good governance and accountability in business and government? How can directors and management play a key role in reducing fraud and corruption? What are the best practices for fraud prevention, audit, compliance and investigations? These are pertinent questions because corrupt practices are rife within our society at large. The necessary leadership both politically and in the corporate world is sorely lacking.
The recent article I wrote on the exploitation of social grant recipients stirred a lot of emotions. This motivated me to research the issue in a lot more detail, to take a closer look at Net1’s financials – a topic of my next article – and to consider the issues of morality versus profit in much more depth.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is, proverbially speaking, “taking names” in the Sassa debacle. The week has ended with a pregnant pause as Mogoeng and the ConCourt requested that Sassa “provide information on who was responsible for deciding that the agency cannot pay grants itself after March 2017, and the date when that person became aware that Sassa could not pay grants itself”. In addition, the ConCourt has directed Sassa to tell the court whether it had entered into “any agreement” with CPS in relation to grant payments on April 1. The ConCourt seeks full details of any such agreement by March 13.