ANC Leadership Race: Ramaphosa’s own smallanyana skeletons rattle his campaign, but what long-term damage?
It’s smoke, mirrors and sex scandal time again as nominations for the ANC presidency got off to a false Spring Day start – and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has learnt how tough it is to run a campaign based on ethics and morality when you have a few smallanyana skeletons of your own in the cupboard. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
Almost everyone who watches our politics closely has been waiting for the smear season to truly commence. So high are the stakes, so deep the divisions, so important the prize, that it was inevitable that those who felt they could succeed through a smear campaign would do it. Now, three-and-a-half months before the ANC’s conference, this latest season can be declared officially open. The way in which the latest smear against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been managed, the way it has been responded to, and the fact it happened in the first place, give us several clues to the nature of the actual behind-the-scenes campaigning. It also reveals what is happening in parts of our media at the moment. And of course, it indicates that someone believes they have to fight dirty to win. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa remains convinced that the hacking of his private emails occurred with the help of state organs. Speaking to a tent packed with ANC branch members from the West Rand Region at the Greenhills Stadium in Randfontein, Gauteng, Ramaphosa said he would not let the email scandal that had dominated the news agenda over the weekend deter him from running for the presidency of the ANC. By IHSAAN HAFFEJEE.
The PR work undertaken by firm Bell Pottinger for the Guptas in South Africa has claimed another scalp. On Sunday news broke that CEO James Henderson has resigned – ahead of a week expected to bring the results of an independent review into Bell Pottinger’s conduct, as well as the results of a disciplinary inquiry undertaken by the PR industry’s trade body. The Gupta account may have seemed lucrative at the time, but it’s turning out to be extremely costly for one of the best-known PR firms in the world. By REBECCA DAVIS.
In many countries, inflexible labour regulations make it difficult for the economy to generate a rapid expansion of formal sector jobs. Workers are edged out of the labour market into unemployment by excessive regulation or forced into the informal economy, where opportunities to get ahead are very scarce. And, limiting the creation of low-skill, low-wage jobs harms poor people most: permitting low, entry-level wages is an important way to generate new opportunities, which then lead to improvements and progress towards ending poverty. By ANN BERNSTEIN.
Recommendations to fill the permanent 12-strong SABC board are set to be finalised on Tuesday by Parliament’s communications committee. The National Assembly has to approve the candidates by Thursday, its last sitting before the recess, because the interim SABC board’s term concludes at month’s end. But the new board, officially appointed by the president, is just the next step on the road to resolving the public broadcaster’s governance and financial turmoil. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
The South African Police Service paid tribute on Sunday to the bravery of the force’s members who have died in the line of duty. At the annual National Commemoration Day Ceremony, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula once again warned would-be criminals that his officers would fight fire with fire. By ORATENG LEPODISE.
The dead have one final shot at justice if there is anything amiss about the way that they died. It lies with the medical officers who sign their death certificate. They are supposed to refer questionable deaths for post-mortems, but even this was bungled for the Esidimeni patients. Sara Wild reports for HEALTH-E NEWS.
Lesotho: Main shareholder of a large company accused of ‘extensive manipulation of financial statements’
The main shareholder of Lesotho’s largest milling company, Lesotho Flour Mills, has been accused of using an offshore tax haven and transfer pricing to avoid paying its partner, the government, dividends over a 19-year period. By BILLY NTAOTE for MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism Reporters.
Identity politics is a messy business. The anger over the misrepresentation of the Khoi heroine Krotoa in the very flawed and culturally insensitive movie, Krotoa, is justifiable. But anger is often not the best compass. Action is. And there are others who are asserting themselves, reclaiming their identity, to give us a sense of place and a cause to celebrate our own heritage and ancestors.
To say, as Ayesha Fakie does, that Indians benefited from apartheid is akin to saying the black middle class benefited form apartheid because but for the advent of apartheid, Black Economic Empowerment would not have existed. Moreover, it ignores the fact that the majority of the Indian population is and was working class. If their family fortunes improved over the years, it’s a tribute to their prescience, fortitude and sacrifice. It’s hardly a stick with which to beat them.
In India, the guru of the 21st century is “less the wandering ascetic, and more a powerful, flamboyant personality, often rich, and with the means to summon supporters onto the streets”. Across the Indian Ocean in South Africa, a similar trend is emerging.
How did the ANC deteriorate from its lofty beginnings to what we are now witnessing as we approach the 2017 December elective conference? Daily we feel the lack of honesty, rigour, and lack of common sense in ANC politics. At this rate we will surely become the first generation that has left the party and the country weaker than we inherited it.
We should channel our discussions about those emails against the whole ANC’s chances of winning 2019 general elections. This way, even if the Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma faction wins the December elective conference, its choice to use Cyril Ramaphosa as a sacrificial lamb would have cost it more than it was willing to sacrifice along with him.
by Brian Knowlton with Sebastien Berger in Seoul The United States warned Sunday it could launch a "massive military response" to threats from North Korea following Pyongyang's provocative detonation of what it claimed was a miniaturized hydrogen bomb.