Anoj Singh is in big trouble. Evidence in the #GuptaLeaks and elsewhere points to a criminal conspiracy to defraud South Africans of billions. Singh was a central and willing player as CFO at Transnet and then Eskom – while accepting a secret offshore company, hospitality and seemingly large amounts of cash from the Guptas. By AMABHUNGANE and SCORPIO.
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.
Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: Ramaphosa drops mysterious hint on sex emails as he talks up SA in the House
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday hinted at a further statement over the Sunday Independent write-up of leaked emails on extramarital affairs. “I thought I should do something unprecedented and start off by addressing a matter which has embroiled me… because I work with all of you across party lines. I will be addressing this matter in a day or two… I do need to take responsibility and be accountable,” he said, days after denying all but one affair in a statement describing an escalating “dirty war”. His office maintained silence when asked in the House about the allusion. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
In a perfect world, the South African agency specifically tasked with investigating government corruption would be the most efficient, well-resourced unit imaginable. Wednesday brought another reminder that we do not live anywhere near that world. When the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) appeared before Parliament, its head admitted that the average time the SIU takes to resolve an investigation is three to four years. Now it says it is hell-bent on speeding things up: too little, too late? By REBECCA DAVIS.
Wednesday was a bad day for Hlaudi Motsoeneng. The former SABC boss, who is being held accountable in court for the legal costs of firing employees who opposed his policies last year, had no friends left. He is fast becoming irrelevant and might face a hefty bill on the way. By GREG NICOLSON.
CHRONICLE presents a monthly series about the young, talented South African womxn re-imagining spaces, defining their places and building the foundations of art movements, businesses, boardrooms and laboratories. This month’s instalment introduces you to up-and-coming Cape Town DJ, Atiyyah Khan. By AYANDA CHARLIE and LEILA DOUGAN for Daily Maverick CHRONICLE.
Uncertainty was the order of the week at UCT, with each day raising fresh rumours of strikes and protest action. Wednesday was expected to bring a shutdown, then abruptly didn’t; Thursday was to bring a strike, which was interdicted. But tension, and the possibility of a student shutdown on Thursday, remains. What’s actually happening? By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE and LEILA DOUGAN.
To J. BROOKS SPECTOR, the increasingly unstable Korean crisis might benefit from the availability of an imaginary plot device found in the film, What Women Want. The crisis – and its possible solution – could also benefit from some more adult behaviour on the part of the protagonists.
The current turmoil in local government in Nelson Mandela Bay points to the difficulty of forming coalition governments more generally. These were embarked on with much enthusiasm following gains made by opposition parties in local government elections last year. It may be that the pattern of managing the coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay is related to the personality of its Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip. If his aversion to consultation, that is claimed and reported, is more widely characteristic of the DA-led coalitions it will be difficult to sustain these as stable governments. Without continued securing of agreement of partners, these relationships will not last and the possibility of forming such a coalition at a national level in 2019 will be slim. By RAYMOND SUTTNER.
Andile Lungisa: A tribute to a revolutionary, Comrade Sindiso Magaqa, former ANCYL Secretary-General
As we say farewell to one of our own, we must reassert the ethos of service to our disinherited popular masses. We must reject the cults of personalities and unproductive factionalism that are leading our revolution adrift.
Cape Town – The Southern African Community (SADC) is set to send a ministerial fact-finding mission to Lesotho on Thursday to assess the situation following the killing of the country's army commander Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso, the Department of International Relations and Co-oprtation says in a statement.
Pierre de Vos: Damning court findings against Zuma revisited as ConCourt considers Parliament’s obligations
Earlier this week the Constitutional Court was confronted with perplexing and difficult to answer questions. What exactly is the content of the judicially enforceable constitutional obligations of the National Assembly (NA) to hold members of the Executive (including President Jacob Zuma) accountable? Is it easier for a court to enforce these obligation when there is ample evidence that the President’s moral rectitude is, at best, in doubt?