by Raziye Akkoc with Stuart Williams and Fulya Ozerkan in Istanbul Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday angrily rejected criticism by international monitors of a referendum granting him extra powers that was disputed by the opposition and exposed bitter divisions in the country.
It is evidence of how odd are some aspects of our politics that the person everyone has been talking about as the possible next President has been, up until a couple of weeks ago, also one of the quietest people in our politics. For years, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been seen as the favourite for the position, and yet she has made very few public comments about our country, her own vision of the country’s future, or pretty much anything at all. And yet, since President Jacob Zuma shook the ANC’s fault-lines with his removal of Pravin Gordhan, she has suddenly started to pop up everywhere. And she is pushing factional politics, hard. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
In the current rhetoric of radical economic transformation, land has become a central populist rallying cry. President Jacob Zuma publicly contradicted his parliamentary caucus, reproaching them for not supporting last month’s EFF parliamentary motion on expropriation without compensation. Then the matter went to the ANC national executive committee (NEC), which decided on a special meeting on land to settle divergent views. But questions must be raised about the governing ANC’s track record on land restitution, redistribution and transformative land reform, wrought as it is by delays, inaction and contested political interests. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
There is something Al Capone-esque (remember, mere tax evasion charges brought the Chicago gangster to justice) about the latest turn of events in the Mxolisi Nxasana saga. Imagine a little lie in a long affidavit about a seemingly insignificant detail of the circumstances leading to the conclusion of a settlement agreement precipitating the end of the political career of a president. Richard Nixon must be squirming in his grave. By PAUL HOFFMAN.
Alibi, Ep7: SA podcast probes why a man was given terrible legal help and whether his co-accused suffered the same fate
In episode 7 of Alibi, the podcast and radio series that is investigating a single criminal case over eight weeks, we finally track down where Anthony de Vries’s co-accused have been all these years … and what we discover makes it more astounding that our guy was ever convicted. By PAUL McNALLY.
An inspection report of over 600 public health facilities makes grim reading – both because many facilities have deep-rooted problems and because the report is riddled with mistakes and incoherent at times. By Kerry Cullinan for HEALTH-E NEWS.
During the annual Two Oceans marathon runners were encouraged to wear black armbands to make a “statement against corruption”. The response to the campaign was mixed. Athletics South Africa reportedly threatened runners and race organisers with sanctions while others believe sport and politics should not mix. It’s a nice thought in principal, but the reality is far more complicated. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Donald Trump’s pathway through his term as president has begun to yield surprising changes of heart and these new approaches may herald a better balanced administration – or present yet newer dangers. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a look.
What is the “normalisation” or “trivialisation” of rape? It’s being faced by bored unresponsive members of the police force when trying to report a rape. It’s getting reprimanded by health workers for encouraging the rape. It’s pleading with police to go out and make an arrest when one knows where the rapist is. It’s finding out that the dockets relating to the case have been “lost”. If one is lucky enough to get to a courtroom, it’s observing the accused (sometimes more than one) giggling in the dock, looking smug and waving at their friends. Finally, it is often an acquittal of the rapist, as proof of non-consensuality cannot be established. I don’t think trivialisation is a political cartoon applying a powerful visual analogy - a practice which has been used repeatedly for centuries. By STACEY STENT.
The ANC, over the last few years, has been plagued by poeple who, out of ignorance more than by design, earnestly plug ridiculously simplistic answers to our most complex problems. They are sloganeers whose idea of thoughtful analysis is often limited to what will fit on a T-shirt or a bumper sticker.
Today, as our country teeters on the brink of a social, political and economic meltdown, the focus is predictably on the ANC and its weaknesses. But the SACP leadership in office today has a lot to answer for. It is clear that there has been infiltration of the SACP by counter-revolutionary elements who have basically sought to destroy the party.
The Easter weekend was enlivened by a stunning hoax against Huffington Post South Africa, edited by Verashni Pillay. An inflammatory blog post calling for the disenfranchisement of white men turned out to be written by a white man. Why editors everywhere should be afraid, and Pillay should resign.