Lesotho, the volatile mountain kingdom in South Africa’s belly, exploded into political violence again on Tuesday as an army commander and two senior officers were killed in a shoot-out at an army barracks in Maseru. By PETER FABRICIUS and KRISTEN VAN SCHIE.
ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu is wary of further twists and turns to the smear campaigns that erupted spectacularly over Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the weekend. But with nominations for the ANC presidential contest now officially open, he didn’t mince his words. “I am part of the CR17 (Ramaphosa) campaign… Those who are sniffing, they do know that. There’s nothing to hide”. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Mourners, politicians and protesters mingled at the home of Sindiso Magaqa, a young politician who defied death in a hail of bullets, recovered, only to die suddenly two months later of what seemed like heart failure. If a certain presidential contender has her way, he wouldn’t be just another on the long list of apparent assassinations to take place in KwaZulu-Natal: he’d be the last. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
On Monday last week, Richard Poplak, in his Trainspotter column on Daily Maverick, wrote a funny but scathing rant about the two Zuma sons, Edward and Duduzane (or is that Duduzani?). By Tuesday his Twitter timeline was clogged with insults and defamatory memes from a bunch of anonymous Twitter trolls. Talk to any South African journalist reporting on the relationship between the Guptas and President Zuma or his acolytes and they’ll tell you a similar story. Abuse from the so-called Guptabots is the new normal. By ANDREW FRASER.
When it comes to damp squibs, it was harder to imagine a damper squib than the Democratic Alliance’s motion to dissolve Parliament and hold early elections. A debate held to discuss the motion in the National Assembly on Tuesday saw the leaders of several political parties absent and the vote on the motion soundly defeated. The DA also came in for a drubbing not just from the ANC, but other opposition parties. That heartwarming moment of opposition unity we saw last month? That’s over, at least for now. By REBECCA DAVIS.
The Constitutional Court on Tuesday heard an application by opposition parties for Parliament to investigate President Jacob Zuma’s complicity in the Nkandla saga and potentially hold an impeachment vote. The court stressed collective accountability but, as leader of the National Assembly, Speaker Baleka Mbete must take responsibility for failing to follow up on the damning findings against the president. By GREG NICOLSON.
The Western Cape High Court judgment on the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi has prompted all sorts of speculation about its implications — and quite a lot of myths, writes Safura Abdool Karim for GROUNDUP.
Worst, biggest, wettest, hottest, costliest. Will a forest of climate superlatives force the world’s largest per-capita climate polluter to reconsider its increasingly bizarre-looking policy of official climate denial? By GLEN RETIEF.
Sub-Saharan Africa is leading all other regions on illicit financial flows. If the continent is to improve the lives of its citizens, then stemming these illegal flows and improving domestic resource mobilisation is crucial. By LOGAN WORT.
Poverty continues to be a huge problem in South Africa and it seems that there are only a few leaders who are sincerely concerned and committed to its eradication. We have tolerated its presence for so long, it has become a natural part of reality, in the same way braais and the invidious presence of racism are part of our society. It is no wonder many claims are against the poor in South Africa – a popular one being that people are poor because they are lazy and not prepared to work. Not only is this myth harmful, it is also not factual.
Oscar van Heerden: If you pray for the rain you have to deal with the mud – meet Jacob Zuma, the teetotaller
In any attempt to analyse how we got to this very worrying point in our current polity, one must draw on our past. Where does President Jacob Zuma come from and how have we ended up with having to deal with him?