ANC Members of Parliament cannot face disciplinary charges for voting in favour of the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma says former president Kgalema Motlanthe. If he could, he would do so. Motlanthe, who served as secretary general and deputy president of the ANC, says this would not constitute an act of misconduct as stipulated in the party’s constitution. MPs are not “hirelings of the ANC” but public representatives who took an oath to be faithful to the Constitution. In a broad ranging interview with RANJENI MUNUSAMY, Motlanthe spoke about his stirring speech at Ahmed Kathrada’s funeral, the firing of Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas, the Guptas’ “intense dislike” of him and the advice he would give to Zuma.
The battle for the heart and soul of the ANC is on to return it to the organisation of Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Kathrada. Sacked finance minister Pravin Gordhan told Thursday’s Cape Town memorial for the late Uncle Kathy: “There are millions of activists like me who are still faithful to a Mandela, Sisulu and Kathrada ANC, and we remain hopeful that that ANC will still be the one that emerges from the difficulties we have.” Afterwards Jeremy Cronin, senior leader of the South African Communist Party which has called for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation, echoed this. “It’s our responsibility as SACP to do what we can to recover the ANC of Mandela, Sisulu, Kathrada,” he said outside the church that once sheltered anti-apartheid activists in the 1980s. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Friday April 7 will see protests take place across the country against President Jacob Zuma, who has come under increasing fire for his poor leadership and links to the Gupta family, with outrage increasing since his Cabinet reshuffle last week. GREG NICOLSON attempts to answer your protest questions.
Ten years ago, who could have predicted that the death of an anti-Apartheid hero would become the catalyst for the repeated expression of discontent with South Africa’s government? The memorials for Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada have served as a platform countrywide for the mobilisation of opposition to current ANC leadership. On Thursday, the travelling political roadshow reached Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral. By REBECCA DAVIS.
It’s time to cut through the bullshit. The excruciating political noise, backed by the thump-thump threats of violence, is aimed at drowning out facts. Add into the mix the invocation of protocol and prescripts, with a dollop of “fake” news accusations against those whose views are disliked, and South Africa is in a space where doing the right thing has long been thrown out the window, in favour of rather intricate political cost-benefit calculations. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Sacked finance deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas has resigned as MP - and so has former energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. These resignations from the ANC parliamentary caucus announced on Thursday morning follow that of former transport minister Dipuo Peters as the fall-out from last Friday’s midnight reshuffle continues. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
President Jacob Zuma has blamed the National Treasury under Pravin Gordhan for the slow pace of economic transformation. But in fact transformation has been slow because government has not stuck to the rules and practices set up by institutions like the Treasury, writes Albert van Zyl for GROUNDUP.
Tomorrow, 7 April 2017, thousands of South Africans will take to the streets to allegedly save South Africa and to defend our democracy. Save South Africa marks it as the day for “a massive people’s push” and goes further to add that “united public protest is the only way to stop further state capture and to defend our democracy”. Civil society groupings have echoed the likes of Equal Education in urging their members “to participate in all mass actions aimed at freeing our country and defending our democracy from the shackles of the Guptas and Jacob Zuma”. But its the ballot that holds the real power. By GWEN NGWENYA.
White people also understand that corruption, mismanagement of public funds and crony capitalism will hurt the poor more than it hurts them. These white people are angry with President Jacob Zuma. So, my black brother and sister, instead of ridiculing our belated anger, come teach us how to march. By MARIUS OOSTHUIZEN.
In the midst of all his domestic problems, US President Donald Trump has had a week jam-packed with meetings with foreign leaders and discussions over some serious issues. And he may just have found a bit of moral indignation over a real (as opposed to a feigned) outrage. By J. BROOKS SPECTOR.
The Department of Energy (DoE) released a draft update (Draft IRP 2016) to its earlier Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP 2010-2030) in November 2016, and invited comments and input through a public participation process. The deadline for this feedback was 31 March 2017. This review provides a summary of five major submissions made, with links to these submissions. By ROGER LILLEY and CHRIS YELLAND.
South Africa has a bad reputation for the support – or lack thereof – given to children living with disabilities. But sometimes good news comes in unexpected places. In one small coastal district of KwaZulu-Natal, a group of children are showing what can be done with a little help. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
I was inspired by the rallying cry of ANC NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane who said: “Our struggle has been against a minority that wants to dominate a majority. You can’t have a minority wanting to dictate to the majority the future of this country.” She is a supporter of Jacob Zuma, by the way. Despite that, I could not agree more.