On Friday, the Constitutional Court delivers a crucial ruling setting out how over 17 million social grants will be disbursed from April 1. This will provide much-needed clarity on the issue after bungling and gross incompetence by the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). In Parliament on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma declared there was no crisis. On Wednesday, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said in no uncertain terms that this was a crisis. The stark contrast in perspectives by the heads of the executive and the judiciary demonstrate their different understandings of political responsibility and the state of our nation. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
If you have been living on the Moon for the past few weeks or if you feel overwhelmed by the numerous reports on the social grants crisis, read this to understand how we got to this point where millions of grant recipients are wondering whether they will receive a grant payment on April 1. By Sam Sole and Craig McKune for AMABHUNGANE.
SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane’s name crops up in the strangest places. Like a latterday Leonard Zelig, the character in Woody Allen’s 1983 mockumentary who takes on the characteristics of powerful personalities who surround him, Moyane too has been a key figure linked to some of the most breathtaking events that have occurred under President Jacob Zuma’s watch. It was Moyane who chaired the 2011 adjudication committee which awarded the tender – later declared invalid – to Cash Paymaster Services. It was also Moyane (as well as Minister Bathabile Dlamini) who dismissed committee member and Treasury official Wiseman Mathebula’s early concerns about CPS’s BEE credentials. Moyane, it appears, is a quiet kingpin in Zuma’s tight band of protectors. By MARIANNE THAMM.
IFP MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa has asked for President Jacob Zuma to be investigated for misleading Parliament. It’s a serious matter, tantamount to being caught out lying. On Thursday the president said there was no proof of illegal deductions from social security grants. A year ago he said these illegal deductions had increased. A day after the Constitutional Court heard arguments on the debacle of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the Cash Paymaster (CPS) contract, there was no way politicians would not raise the saga at Thursday’s presidential question time in the House. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
An almost four-year quest for justice for the family and supporters of 23-year-old Nokuphila Kumalo reached an end in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. Zwelethu Mthethwa, a success story of the local art world whose work hangs in some of the most prestigious galleries internationally, was found guilty of Kumalo’s murder. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Are we about to be sucked into a black hole? Can we start packing our bags to live on another planet? (Tempting.) If it’s not a planet and it’s not a star, what is it? Are we going to send humans to Mars by 2030? Knowledge of astronomy, like most sciences, is increasing exponentially, and it can be hard to keep up. MARELISE VAN DER MERWE asked astronomer Dr Anja Schroeder for a tour.
Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu said patients were being moved from Life Esidimeni to save costs. The health ombudsman dismissed the argument. A report, commissioned by the provincial health department in 2015, shows just how dangerous Mahlangu’s cost-saving plan was. By GREG NICOLSON.
Brazilian soccer player Bruno Fernandes waltzed back into the privilege of being a professional sportsman after getting out of a 22-year murder sentence on a technicality this week. While the move was widely condemned, decisions like this highlight the prevailing culture in football that allows misogyny to trump respect for women. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
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.
Mbandlanyana was quick to come to the defence of Gengezi Mgidlana, the Secretary to Parliament, whose recent travels to the United States raised many questions for the Daily Maverick but perhaps he should have rather left it to those in the know to take up the fight. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
I was really looking forward to debating Serge Belamant, the CEO of NET1, on Radio 702 on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, when it came to the crunch, he did not answer his cellphone. So disappointing. Hence, I think it is time to start taking the gloves off.