“Absolute incompetence.” Minister Bathabile Dlamini probably does not care that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng delivered this damning assessment of her handling of the social grants system. From her performance in the National Assembly on Tuesday, it is clear criticism bounces off her. But if the ANC has any hope of continuing to run South Africa, they should care. Their policy documents say they need to focus on building “a capable and developmental state”. But we have reached a situation where the judiciary, civil society and Chapter Nine institutions have to protect us from an executive and Parliament that repeatedly breach the Constitution and fail in their duties. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
Police investigated, and cleared, 87 of their own members in relation to the August 2012 police killings of 34 Marikana miners. “They were cleared internally,” SAPS deputy national commissioner for human resource management, Lieutenant-General Bonang Mgwenya, told Parliament’s police committee on Wednesday. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
On Wednesday, as the Sassa chaos played itself out on live television, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize had an opportunity to assure some of the business elites that the current crop of the ruling party rulers know what they’re doing. Instead, they nudged us further towards the void. By RICHARD POPLAK.
Amabookabooka returns with a fresh podcast, packed with exciting elements. Each week we interview an author and administer our world-famous Sound Effects Rorschach Test. We also read stories from the winners of All About Writing’s super short story competition, and quiz Mervyn Sloman, the much-loved owner of the much-loved Book Lounge. By JONATHAN ANCER.
Two weeks ago, a 30-year-old Nigerian man was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for human trafficking in Gauteng – a first for the province under the new human trafficking act. Is the expanded legislation making its impact felt? Yes and no. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
When loan repayments left Sophia* destitute, she had to beg a little money from her cousin and make a terrible choice. Either she could feed herself and her six-month-old baby, or she could feed her eight- and 13-year-old daughters. She chose the latter. When she stopped eating, she also stopped producing milk. Her baby’s weight dropped from 11.3kg to 8.8kg in three weeks. The clinic sister threatened to call the social worker. ERIN TORKELSON tells Sophia’s story, for GROUNDUP.
The Institute of Race Relations report on immigrants in South Africa has for the most part been accurately reported as a glimpse into the economic lives of South Africa’s immigrants; the odds they face and the success they have forged despite, but perhaps because of, hardship. However there is often someone willing to take up the role of a sleuth with a preconceived narrative, combing the report for words that will make his analysis stick. By GWEN NGWENYA for the South African Institute of Race Relations.
One reads the article by Marianne Merten: The world’s still a much-travelled oyster for Secretary Mgidlana (Daily Maverick March 10 2017) with great disappointment. The article essentially says when the Secretary to Parliament is doing his job, everyone must be alarmed. In this whole tirade Merten misses the point about her own bias and lack of objectivity on the matter. By THEMBANI MBADLANYANA.
Acknowledging the role that colonial hunting by Britons, Americans and other Europeans played in the decimation of rhino and elephant populations in Africa from the 1800s challenges the notion that trade in rhino horn and ivory is relatively new.
The Sassa social grants fiasco, which culminated in a Constitutional Court hearing on Wednesday where justices expressed their concern about the failure of Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini to do her job, revealed just how entrenched conservative legal culture is in South Africa. It also revealed that many commentators are ill-informed about issues on which they pontificate.