SA business leaders and company directors have come face to face with a critical ethical decision. Should they part ways with KPMG or not? The fact that a major business corporation such as KPMG has become complicit in the machinery of corruption is a golden opportunity for the business sector and company directors to reveal their own ethical values. By IRAJ ABEDIAN.
A quick look at recent comments by senior ANC leaders in the run-up to the party’s December conference will reveal how high the stakes are, and the sharpness of divisions. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa talks about state capture and corruption, Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe suggests December is a “matter of life or death” for the party, while President Jacob Zuma has said that foreign forces tried to poison him, that witchcraft is keeping the DA in power in the Western Cape and that the youth must be vocal to “get our land back”. One of the possibilities that must now be considered is that the ANC’s December conference does not end in a clear victory but in what you could call a “disputed outcome”. In other words, one of the sides could simply refuse to accept the result. BY STEPHEN GROOTES.
Parliament: SAA remains Gigaba’s albatross amid political squawking on route to Medium-term Budget Statement
Amid the political noise of the ANC elective contests towards its December national conference, and the general state of disruption in South Africa’s politics, it’s difficult to keep eyes on what matters – the national coffers. Regardless of who wins the ANC party presidency that traditionally has led to the Union Buildings, what matters is the state of the national purse. Details will emerge in October’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement. But government’s wiggle room is constrained not only of a multibillion-rand bailout for SAA and other state-owned entities (SOEs), but potentially also another year of dipping tax revenue. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Much media focus at the moment is on contenders for the ANC presidency and the forthcomingANC elective conference in December. Many cherish the hope that Jacob Zuma will leave the ANC presidency then and that the country will start the journey towards recovery from all the breaches of legality, corruption and irregularities that have marked his presidency. But Zuma is vulnerable to prosecution and wants to be replaced by someone who will shield him. If such a candidate cannot be found he may well stand for the ANC presidency again, since there are no limits on how many times a person can be elected ANC president. But even if Zuma does not stand and Cyril Ramaphosa is elected ANC president, Zuma will not meekly leave the state presidency and could mount a fight back from that position. In this context, opposition plans, led by the DA to take power in 2019 are in disarray with the loss of support from the EFF and other parties, making the DA vulnerable in metros it currently controls in coalition, and making the chances of defeating the ANC in 2019 less likely. By RAYMOND SUTTNER.
Around 7.7km of scenic coastal road lies between the violence-torn township of Ocean View and the serene Scarborough home of Anna and Willem Cornelius. It has only been four months since their 21-year-old daughter, Hannah, a student at Stellenbosch university, was abducted, raped and murdered. On Saturday a bullet slammed into the head of nine-year-old Aqueel Davids, who was sitting in the lounge of his Ocean View home. Aqueel is one of at least 13 people, mostly children, killed in the township this year. Anna and Willem are intimately linked to the communities that surround them and are determined, through a trust in honour of their daughter, to find ways to heal and support South Africa’s walking wounded to which they now also belong. By MARIANNE THAMM.
International jurists are brave pioneers blazing an uncertain and precarious trail through a maze of political, financial and other daunting obstacles to bring the world’s worst criminals to justice. By PETER FABRICIUS.
While much fuss was made about Kevin Anderson’s run in the US Open, South Africa already has a champion in the event. Lucas Sithole is a wheelchair tennis player – a sport that is thriving in the country, despite serious challenges and a fraction of the coverage the mainstream sports get. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Cyril Ramaphosa, as deputy president of the ANC, is next in line to become party leader. But the tradition of ensuring smooth transition of leadership in the ANC has been erased in the minds of those infected by the Gupta virus. So comrade Ramaphosa, if you want to be the president of the ANC, you must be prepared to fight for it, writes ANC Northern Cape chairperson ZAMANI SAUL.
In the same way that Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe believes Nelson Mandela failed to stand up to whites during the pre-1994 negotiations, Mugabe should recognise that we – South Africa – have failed to deal with him and his failed leadership in Zimbabwe. By MONDLI ZONDO.
by Virginie Montet with Luc Olinga in New York Electric car maker Tesla helped its owners fleeing the path of Hurricane Irma, offering a complementary boost to the car battery's range to allow them to travel further before needing to recharge.
Property developers FWJK are readying themselves to build Zero2One, which will be Cape Town’s tallest building when completed. They and the City of Cape Town who grants land-use rights and requested departures have the opportunity to effect change and undo spatial apartheid. Either this or continue with business as usual where the poor and working class are relegated to the peripheries, out of sight and out of the minds of the affluent, predominantly white inner-city residents. By JULIAN SENDIN.
Most opposition parties argued against the DA’s motion to dissolve Parliament on politic-pragmatic grounds. But the motion was a philosophical-principle extension of what those parties had previously said. By claiming politic-pragmatic reservations, they were imitating the ANC’s defence of its leader.
In a previous article I outlined some political strategies from the state capture faction in the African National Congress (ANC) that may be important in the lead-up to the party’s elective conference in December, but have been neglected by some commentators and journalists. Here I want to provide a slightly different perspective on other issues: the possibility of a split in the ANC-led alliance; why there are so many candidates for ANC president; and, a potentially dangerous scenario if the anti-state capture faction win.
Cape Town – Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly denied that she assaulted a young South African model Gabriella Engels, 20, after she allegedly found her with one of her two sons Bellarmine Chatunga at a hotel in Sandon last month.
There are literally hundreds of rumours circulating the South African political space. Will the African National Congress’s December election conference actually go ahead, given the manufactured chaos swirling around deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa? Will ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, soon to be a Member of Parliament, be sworn in as Minister of Sleeping While Dancing? How will all of this work out? RICHARD POPLAK performs an act of national gastroenterology.