by Andrew BEATTY President Donald Trump condemned the massacre of at least 59 Las Vegas concert goers as an "act of pure evil" Monday, but refrained from addressing calls for gun control or the motives for the worst mass shooting in recent US history.
While KPMG SA might have withdrawn the findings and conclusions of a controversial “forensic” report into an alleged covert unit in SARS as well as offered to reimburse the R23-million it was paid to do the work, the saga is far from resolved. Now the man at the centre of the storm, former KPMG auditor Johan van der Walt, has spoken out and announced that he stands by the factual findings and also that rigorous oversight was performed and documented at every stage, contrary to KPMG SA’s claim. Van der Walt has also welcomed the announcement of an independent inquiry. KPMG SA too says it stands by the findings. But why then pay back the money? We try to make sense of it all. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Analysis: Unpacking KPMG International’s mea culpa media statement brings more questions than answers
It would appear that KPMG International has not asked very tough and relevant questions. Perhaps this was by design, or was it just plain incompetence? Or are there other plausible reasons which have been overlooked? By SIMON MANTELL and IRAJ ABEDIAN.
Welcome to the 10th article in the series, Declassified: Apartheid Profits. While researching the recently published book Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit, Open Secrets collected approximately 40,000 archival documents from 25 archives in seven countries. This treasure trove contains damning details of the individuals and corporations that propped up apartheid and profited in return. Many of these documents were kept secret until now. Most remain hidden despite South Africa’s transition to democracy. OPEN SECRETS believes that it is vital to allow the public to scrutinise the primary evidence. In this instalment we take a look at how a former United States senator sought to become a paid apartheid propagandist.
Analysis: Backing the ‘right’ political horse ahead of December conference – motivation vs monetisation
The political contest which has much of the nation convulsed at the moment is difficult to predict, with many twists and turns yet to come. Ten days ago it seemed as if Zweli Mkhize was building momentum, then the Eastern Cape ANC held its conference and seemed to back Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Perhaps the only constant so far this year has been the apparent lack of support for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma outside of parts of KwaZulu-Natal. There are probably many reasons for this but the most important could be the motivations behind those who publicly back Dlamini-Zuma (and therefore Zuma as well) and those who back Ramaphosa. It may point to a difference between principle and money. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Broadcaster Redi Tlhabi’s book on President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser, Fezekile Kuzwayo, continues to attract phenomenal levels of public interest. Following an unprecedented turnout at Tlhabi’s Johannesburg book launch last week, it was standing room only for the Cape Town leg of the book tour on Tuesday night. The event took place two days after President Jacob Zuma publicly expressed gratitude towards supporters during his rape trial, and again sought to underplay the seriousness of the charge. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Zimbabwe’s controversial First Lady Grace Mugabe is not accompanying her husband to South Africa this week, even though she is covered by diplomatic immunity against recent assault charges in this country. By PETER FABRICIUS.
The SAPS admitted failure in reaching its own performance targets due to “dereliction of duty” when its generals appeared before Parliament’s police committee. Sans acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba on Monday, the SAPS also came without the annual crime statistics – a key indicator of how the SAPS upholds its constitutional responsibilities to ensure safety and security – that traditionally are part of its annual report. And so what stands are the statistics of others: Statistics South Africa’s Victims of Crime survey highlights persistent lack of confidence in the police, while the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) shows increased deaths in police custody and due to police action, and torture. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
The leadership of the ANC has been in meetings with the party’s KwaZulu-Natal factions for the past two days. After President Jacob Zuma met with former KZN chairperson and premier Senzo Mchunu and his supporters on Monday, the group were confident a compromise could be reached in the troubled province. By GREG NICOLSON.
Following the mass killing of 11 people in Philippi East late last week, a public outcry has thrown a spotlight on the area. But beyond the usual questions of who did it, when and why, a deeper question remains. When violence has been sustained and severe, with vigilante killings on the rise, is it too little, too late? And who is really picking up the pieces? By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
The outbreak of bloodshed at this past weekend’s ANC Eastern Cape elective conference is symptomatic of the broader depoliticisation of an organisation that once earned the trust and respect of very many oppressed people in South Africa. That the conflict was between supporters of two candidates who both support the candidacy of Cyril Ramaphosa as the next ANC president, indicates that even at the level of electoral politics there was no difference, just as there were no strategic or tactical questions dividing delegates. What this illustrates – starkly – is how ANC politics have been reduced almost entirely to a battle for spoils. Unfortunately this cannot always be contained within the norms of rational discussion – and violence erupts. By RAYMOND SUTTNER.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa recently spoke to the DA’s Mmusi Maimane about improving communication between the coalition partners that govern Nelson Mandela Bay, Johannesburg and Tshwane. If the opposition parties want to lead another province or even the country after 2019, the parties will have to resolve any differences and practise working together – and soon. By GREG NICOLSON.
The Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday handed down a significant judgment in support of media freedom when it dismissed an appeal by former presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj in a case against amaBhungane journalists and the Mail & Guardian dating back to 2011. The appeal court ruled that the media was not just permitted to publish details of a corruption investigation into Maharaj, but was in fact obligated to do so in the public interest. By REBECCA DAVIS.
General BANTU HOLOMISA founded the United Democratic Movement 20 years ago, shortly after he fell out with the ANC and was expelled. The party has just four seats in parliament, but plays a key role in coalition and opposition politics. Here he takes stock of the past two decades, and looks ahead to his vision of the future for his party, coalition politics, and the country.