Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s long-time special adviser, Sipho Shezi, has been fired. Shezi was informed of this on Monday, a day after revelations that Dlamini had sent a message to former Social Development DG, Zane Dangor, accusing him and Shezi of conspiring with Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza and a former lover of the minister’s of attempting to extort money from businessman Lunga Ncwana. Ncwana, who is a close friend of Dlamini’s, is linked to CPS/NET1’s original dodgy BEE deal as well as a R85-million cash payout and 12.5% share in CPS to businessman Brian Mosehla in a 2013. By MARIANNE THAMM.
In an unprecedented show of unity, all but two opposition parties will march on the Union Buildings on Wednesday calling for President Jacob Zuma to be recalled. The demonstration is a backdrop to the motion of no confidence vote in Zuma next Tuesday. It hangs in the balance as the Constitutional Court is set to hear an application for ANC MPs to be allowed to vote in secret. By GREG NICOLSON.
Botswana journalists investigating damaging allegations about President Ian Khama’s rural residence were blocked by security agents and warned they would be shot if they came that way again, reports JOEL KONOPO for AMABHUNGANE.
You cannot fight against evil if your own soul is littered with same. Our land redress, radical economic transformation and united non-racial and non-sexist are just and fair battles. However, we are standing on an immoral platform from which we launch our attacks on oppressive systems. By MAKHOSI KHOZA.
We are living through a previously unheard of political era, where more and more members of the ANC are prepared to speak out against President Jacob Zuma. He gives no indication of being shaken, and is happy to use his storm troopers to disrupt memorial services for a man as legendary as Ahmed Kathrada, or to swing a ceremony to honour someone as important as Chris Hani towards his own political end. And still, Zuma-the-might-is-right is not managing to stifle the dissent. What's more, his naked moves to grab more power appear to be actually inspiring people to speak out. On Monday it emerged that ANC MP Dr Makhosi Khoza had joined that band of people who refuse to stay silent. She is not alone, and she will not be the last. This all happens in a fraught time, when the balance of power within the ANC is hard to determine, and where the ANC caucus in Parliament could play a decisive role in cutting this particular Gordian Knot. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
There is still more to unpack and understand about where we are economically and where we are going in South Africa. But it is not as simple as Gordhan was right and the President is wrong. The hooks of global capital are sunk deep into South Africa’s economy and no national event can ever be separated from that. By LAUREN HUTTON.
Stella Nyanzi does not care who she offends. The Ugandan academic’s scathing, searing critiques of her government are crude and vulgar, and have shocked the conservative sensibilities of polite society in Uganda. But they work, and her recent arrest proves it. By SIMON ALLISON.
Amid all the drama affecting the ruling party, it can be easy to overlook the fact that the quotidian work of government must go on. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa played his part in keeping the wheels turning with his recent launch of the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and Sexually Transmitted Infections. But activists are concerned that although the plan talks the right talk, it does not provide sufficient details on how the right walk will be walked. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Among the most concerning issues burning beneath the current chaos is a controversial nuclear expansion and public procurement programme that, if implemented, will be one of the largest tenders ever issued in South African history. By LAUREN HERMANUS and BRIAN KAMANZI.
Will our country follow, despite an admirable Constitution and vibrant civil society, the path of neighbouring Zimbabwe, where a predatory state enriches the elite while investors flee, unemployment rises and government institutions collapse? By JEFFREY HERBST and GREG MILLS.
There has to be something seriously abnormal for middle-class South Africans to self-mobilise around the country and take to the streets in the numbers and manner experienced on 7 April. And while it was the seriousness of one man’s action – his lack of meaningful explanation for his removal of the Finance Minister and his Deputy – that triggered the public’s anger, it was the size and swift response of society’s solidarity that took the nation and those in authority by surprise.
The dismissal of Pravin Gordhan has been the best news possible for NET1. It has taken the spotlight off the company, as has the love life, apparent lack of honesty and financial affairs of the Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. However, for grant recipients, life is not a Barbara Cartland novel. Hence it is our collective responsibility to continue monitoring NET1’s activities.