by Elodie CUZIN / with Michael Mathes in New Orleans New proof of the devastation wrought by monster storm Harvey emerged Wednesday as the bodies of six family members were plucked from receding waters in Texas and flooding triggered fears of a chemical explosion near Houston.
ANC Treasurer General Dr Zweli Mkhize has given senior officials from the Central Energy Fund 48 hours to explain why his name was dropped into discussions over an alleged plot to swing a R4.6-billion PetroSA deal. By JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT.
When he isn’t under attack from President Jacob Zuma’s sons hurling insults at him while he delivers a speech or sending him defamatory letters, Pravin Gordhan also has to ward off the ANC’s Youth and Women’s leagues. And now, just to make certain that Gordhan does not rest easy, the Hawks have revived an old investigation with regard to a SARS investigative unit established when Gordhan was commissioner. And for good measure, the Hawks also want an affidavit from former Finance Minster Trevor Manuel. By MARIANNE THAMM.
ANC Leadership Race: Can Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma give voters enough reason to head to the polls come 2019?
As Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma goes on the campaign trail around the country (and actually leaving KwaZulu-Natal from time to time) she is finally giving us a sense of the policies she is interested in. Wherever she goes, the initials are the same: RET – Radical Economic Transformation. She often adds a few sentences that link the words “land” and “expropriation”. For someone who hardly ever used these phrases before, it is clearly for campaigning purposes only. If she were to win the leadership of the ANC, she would be taking over at a time when the party is at its weakest, electorally speaking, which means she is likely to take the same strategy to national elections in 2019. But is this strategy enough to keep the ANC in power? By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Operation Wonder, an intelligence dossier exposing an alleged plot to assassinate and/or dislodge, implicate and/0r exonerate, set up/and or expose Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula plopped into public view on Sunday. The report on the apparently “secret” project was leaked to Daily Maverick eight days before. Its contents are unsurprisingly sensational. A regular A-list of familiar rogues are fingered. There is probably a kernel of worrying truth in the steaming pile. We chose not to publish any of it. This is why. By MARIANNE THAMM.
It’s as clear as mud what exactly South Africa’s law enforcement and regulatory authorities are doing to fight illicit financial outflows, including moving profits out of the country without official permission to minimise domestic tax obligations. On Wednesday the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) told MPs it had referred 110 new cases for investigation to law enforcement agencies since March 2017, while the Hawks talked of 58 cases from previous referrals – and National Treasury highlighted lack of progress in that there has not yet been a single conviction related to illicit financial flows. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
One of Struggle legend Ahmed Kathrada’s final wishes was to take the DA’s Mmusi Maimane and the EFF’s Julius Malema on a guided tour of Robben Island. Kathrada died before that plan came to fruition, but on Wednesday, his widow and his foundation saw his desire partially fulfilled. The EFF’s leadership joined ANC stalwarts including Barbara Hogan and Kgalema Motlanthe in an unusual expedition to the former apartheid prison that sent one clear message: South Africa’s liberation history does not belong to one particular political party. By REBECCA DAVIS.
America is looking to young innovative South African journalists to provide a beacon, helping it correct the current distortions in its own democracy, former US ambassador Patrick Gaspard said this week. By PETER FABRICIUS.
Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: MPs need a 25-hour day to get through legislative and administrative load
Parliament has passed nine laws, including two giving effect to February’s Budget this year while 32 others still pending are upping the pressure on the legislative programme. And Parliament’s administration has its own battles from critical vacancies and a staff turnover of 60% to the internal audit committee finalising its probe of controversies relating to Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana, who has been on special leave since the investigation started in June. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
For two weeks, activists, government and interested parties will say their piece in court on the matter of religious marriage. But the bigger question is why women have been fighting for their rights, piecemeal, since the 1990s. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Remember that “top secret” report that was so “top secretly” leaked to several media houses a while back? The one that alleged Sascoc’s offices were bugged? Turns out the company who invoiced for – and allegedly got paid for it – listed “first aid” as one of their line-items. By ANTOINETTE MULLER .
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has received more money than any other organisation since the SA Lottery was launched in 2002. Out of a total of R5.6-billion allocated under the Sports and Recreation category, about R2-billion of this went to SASCOC and its affiliates. By RAYMOND JOSEPH.
In the wake of the North Korean missile fired into Japanese airspace – on the United Nation’scommemorative “International Day Against Nuclear Tests” on August 29 – an emergency UN Security Council meeting was called over the escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula. Repeated missile testing by North Korea this year, and reports indicating that it has weapons with the capacity to reach parts of the United States, mean that the threat is becoming more imminent. BY ADITI LALBAHADUR.
The South African Council of Churches launched the National Convention of South Africa in Johannesburg this week. The initiative is the church’s response to the national challenge of capture of the country’s organs of state, corruption, inequality, poverty, and the other ills. By BHEKI C SIMELANE.
While we in South Africa focus on the gloom and doom of the current context, faced with junk status and high-end corruption, a ray of sunshine popped out on Tuesday with the announcement by Jannie Mouton, Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of the PSG Group, that he is establishing a philanthropic foundation with an endowment value of more than R2-billion.
The problem with Thabo Mbeki’s analysis, The people shall govern – what does this mean?, reflecting on the motion of no confidence in Jacob Zuma, is that it avoids the critical issue of representative government. All the sins of the ANC in government – from the Arms Deal to State Capture – flow from the powerlessness of the people enshrined in the Constitution.
The manner in which the country’s judges are appointed will be under the spotlight in the Constitutional Court on Thursday when an appeal by lobby group the Helen Suzman Foundation will be heard. The appeal is against a 2016 Supreme Court of Appeal judgment that the full deliberations of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC), which assists the President in the appointment of judges, must remain confidential. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Port Elizabeth - A Walter Sisulu University student who accidentally received a whopping R14m pay-out from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme has already spent about half a million of it, the university confirmed on Tuesday.