Presidential question time in the National Assembly on Thursday turned into yet another box-ticking exercise. President Jacob Zuma in the House? Tick. President at the podium? Tick. President reading prepared replies on his administration’s achievements in response to ANC sweetheart questions? Tick. President side-stepping questions on accountability? Tick. All dressed up as being part of Parliament’s constitutional oversight mandate? Tick. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has possibly colluded with the Hawks to manipulate the highly questionable 2016 investigation into Pravin Gordhan and then deputy SARS commissioner Ivan Pillay’s early retirement. Now tax boss Tom Moyane is seeking retribution: Vlok Symington, the SARS official who unwittingly ousted the scam and helped it go up in flames, is on the verge of being forced into an illegal disciplinary hearing. Court documents filed by Symington reveal the conspiracy. BY PAULI VAN WYK.
The newly liberated leader of Zambia’s opposition, Hakainde Hichilema, on Thursday called for South Africa to use its leverage as one of Zambia’s largest trading partners to push back against President Edgar Lungu’s “dictatorship” government. By KRISTEN VAN SCHIE.
Does the public have a right to more information about the process in which South Africa’s judges are appointed? The Helen Suzman Foundation argues that the currently secret deliberations of the Judicial Service Commission should be a matter of public record – but the JSC disagrees. The issue has been working its way through the courts for four years, and on Thursday finally reached the Constitutional Court. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Only 2.6 % of our prison population are women – one of the lowest percentages in the world. Not bad for a society of which just more than half is female. Many women are imprisoned for theft and crime, rather than violent crime. By JOHANN VAN DER WESTHUIZEN.
ANC MP Pule Mabe has resigned from Parliament to pursue “other interests”, ending a short and not-so-illustrious three-year career as a backbencher. Could it really be that he’s that serious about business, or is the ANC’s December conference beckoning? By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
South Africa is in the process of a major overhaul of its migration and refugee protection systems. In the case of migration for work, there are some grounds for optimism in the recognition that South Africa is integrated into, and benefits from, a regional SADC economy. The White Paper on International Migration contains proposals for a streamlined skills-based immigration policy and a system of work and trading permits for SADC citizens. However, whether these quota-based permits will pass muster in a crippling xenophobic environment remains to be seen. By JONATHAN CRUSH.
Investigations by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) into the cancer treatment crisis in KwaZulu-Natal showed malfunctioning equipment, staff shortages and long delays in treatment. The SAHRC’s presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Health recently raised many questions among committee members who wanted to visit the province to see the extent of the crisis for themselves. A committee must conduct proper oversight over the executive, but what is the role of a Chapter 9 Institution and what can it do in the face of government non-compliance? By MOIRA LEVY.
It’s spring! Let’s all focus on areas where we can bring our voices to bear. Where we can have influence. There is no greater tool than the polls. Each and every day in business decisions, in investing in ideas, in talent, in employment, in democratising education, in creating fair and equal employment opportunities. In supporting more charities. We each have far more power than we realise.