Johannesburg – Police were on "high alert" in Sandton on Thursday evening after two vehicles, believed to be Uber taxis, were set alight near a Gautrain station, a spokesperson said.Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said the two drivers escaped unharmed.
Scorpio: In court – the Guptas’ last-ditch attempt to keep their companies’ accounts with Bank of Baroda
The Pretoria High Court is set for a major showdown on Friday morning when 20 companies connected to the country’s most powerful family take on their lone banker to avoid commercial impotence. By JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT for SCORPIO.
On Wednesday afternoon the ANC’s Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize told EWN that he would accept a nomination by ANC branches to the position of party leader. While there are some technicalities around how and when the nominations process actually starts, what he was really saying was that he was ready to run. In other words, he is now publicly, if not officially, joining the race in which Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa are front-runners. It has always seemed unlikely that a compromise candidate could emerge that would satisfy both camps. But slowly, ever so slowly, the chances of some sort of grand deal may actually be improving. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Two decades after their deadly efforts to derail democracy failed, the faceless killers of KwaZulu-Natal are back for another bite, this time to destabilise South Africa for reasons ANC leaders are for now leaving to the imagination. As the province prepares for two more weekends of political funerals, there are many more explanations for the killings than actual prosecutions. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
South Africa briefly took centre stage in British politics on Thursday. Following a question by Labour peer Peter Hain, the House of Lords discussed PR firm Bell Pottinger’s work in South Africa for the Gupta family. Bell Pottinger came in for sound condemnation, with a representative for the British cabinet seeking to distance the British government from the firm’s actions. Nonetheless, the House was warned that Bell Pottinger may have done serious damage to the UK’s relationship with South Africa. By REBECCA DAVIS.
SassaGate: As fixing grants chaos has slowed to a crawl, Serge Belamant suggests the scandal is ‘a plot to oust government’
Former US-listed CPS/Net1 CEO, Serge Belamant, whose company earned R1.1-billion profit in five years disbursing social grants in South Africa, has blamed the Sassa scandal which unravelled in the Constitutional Court in March 2017 on “political infighting”. Belamant declared the crisis a plot to “destabilise” the country’s pension payout system and oust the ruling party. He also, shockingly, suggests that some members of the ANC have “bought into” CPS. Meanwhile, a panel of experts appointed by the ConCourt has yet to report back on progress made or detailed accounts of profits and/or interest earned by the US-listed company. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Parliament: Stats reveal poor police crowd management training and focus on lethal force, despite Marikana lessons
The transformation of policing remains unsettled and unfinished. It is not about racial or gender targets in the just over 190,000-strong force, or settling political and other scores in a faction-ridden, top-heavy general-laden SAPS which clearly regards itself as a force, despite the “service” bit in its name. It is about how those in blue do their jobs – and whether all living in South Africa regardless of socio-economic status or political connectivity can feel safe. And it is about public and political accountability. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Barely a month goes by without a no confidence motion somewhere across government. The latest motion is playing out in Johannesburg where the ANC has launched a bid to get rid of DA Mayor Herman Mashaba and Speaker Vasco da Gama. The DA’s behaviour in coalitions and the EFF’s frustrations could put the mayor’s leadership in jeopardy. By GREG NICOLSON.
It’s been two months since 180 people had to escape a raging fire in the Cape York Building in the Johannesburg city centre. Two months since seven people died. Two months since a makeshift camp was set up for the survivors at the Wembley Stadium in Turffontein. Two months of “hell”, say the former residents of the Cape York building. And it’s unlikely to change any time soon. By BHEKI C. SIMELANE.
Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi diagnosed what he identified as the underlying causes of the crisis in treatment of KZN cancer patients, namely weaknesses in the provincial human resources processes and anomalies peculiar to KZN in its procurement supply chain systems. But while he is awaiting a report from the MEC for Treasury on the failed maintenance of the oncology machines at Addington hospital, and for a list of the number of posts that need to be filled, the SA Human Rights Commission identified these issues in its investigation concluded two months ago. By MOIRA LEVY.
The African National Congress (ANC) had momentum in the previous round of by-elections. They were able to wrest a super marginal ward from the Democratic Alliance (DA) in a rural ward in Berg Rivier in the Western Cape, and got over 85% of the vote in a rural ward in Ngqushwa in the Eastern Cape. Now last night the ANC defended two safe seats and will be delighted by their showing in Raymond Mhlaba in the Eastern Cape, and somewhat concerned by the dip in Magareng in the Northern Cape. By WAYNE SUSSMAN.
As South Africans, we should be worried that our country is in crisis mode – a downward spiral into mass, uncontrollable poverty – despite the Statistician-General Pali Lehohla’s recent positive announcement about the economy.
For tens of thousands of children abandoned annually in South Africa, or aborted illegally in the third trimester and left for dead, surviving is only the first battle. Inadequate funding for baby homes is creating a crisis in care which may leave some children quite literally out in the cold. With government solutions inadequate or non-existent, can business-based philanthropy make the difference? This year, the much maligned CEO SleepOut™ movement took up the challenge. As some South Africans continue to contend with the model, the question may well be, if not this, then what?
Contemporary art is a sophisticated Western space that combines bubble economics with synthetic multiculturalism. It’s another miracle rainbow with a pot of gold at the end of it, for some. The FNB Joburg Art Fair reflects this.
Each week, Daily Maverick brings you a round-up of some of the stranger happenings from South Africa and further afield. This week: in loving memory of Bell Pottinger’s PRCA membership, we take a look at the most epic PR disasters in recent years. Which, somehow, were still not nearly as bad.
Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France's national weather service said Thursday.