In the Byzantine manoeuvrings and sleight of hand of the ANC presidential succession race, anything is possible. And for United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa it is that former African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is the decoy to distract as the real game plan is lined up. And so the third way of ANC Treasurer Zweli Mkhize was “nonsense”. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Welcome to the 11th 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. This week we take a look at the shadowy world of illegal arms dealing between the US and apartheid South Africa, and the CIA links behind them.
It takes time for the wheels of government to grind, so much more so when parts of that government are compromised at best and well and truly captured at worst. There is little political will to bring those elected officials responsible for looting billions from the state to account, but in the meantime, those who enabled the corruption will feel the heat. KPMG is first in the hot seat, McKinsey and others will follow. KPMG faces a three-pronged probe by the IRBA, by itself and, if the DA and Tom Moyane get their way, by Parliament’s standing committee on finance. Of course, the question remains: will anyone do time for the crime? By MARIANNE THAMM.
Factional infighting. A potential scandal involving a politician’s private residence. And a crisis that will affect the provision of basic services to millions. These have been the hallmarks of ANC governance – but they also describe the issues currently facing the DA. Can the country’s largest opposition party avoid the pitfalls of power where it eventually governs? The DA has the opportunity to demonstrate in practice its contrast to the ANC – but how different does the picture really look? By REBECCA DAVIS.
After two years of fighting, relatives of Life Esidimeni patients entered an arbitration process aimed at achieving truth, redress and closure on Monday. They have to live through the brutal accounts of what happened to their loved ones, but it’s still unclear whether the Gauteng government will fully come to the table. We still don’t even know exactly how many people died. By GREG NICOLSON.
The government has the burden of answering burning questions regarding the decisions that were taken that ultimately led to the deaths of 94 mental health patients, says Adila Hassim, for SECTION27, in the organisation’s opening statement at the Life Esidimeni arbitration that got under way before retired Judge Dikgang Moseneke on Monda The government has the burden of answering burning questions regarding the decisions that were taken that ultimately led to the deaths of 94 mental health patients, says Adila Hassim, for SECTION27, in the organisation’s opening statement at the Life Esidimeni arbitration that got under way before retired Judge Dikgang Moseneke on Monday.
Seemingly never-ending evidence of corruption, state capture and a range of other forms of malgovernance and criminality have pummelled the South African public. Stepping back from the details of what has been done, how do we characterise what the ANC and its allies have done to the country and its constituency, referred to as the “poorest of the poor”? The article names this as betrayal and treachery. Those who colluded in the many crimes of this period need to “come clean” about their own responsibility and not hide under the claim that they did not know what was entailed or did not –actually – endorse Jacob Zuma or know that he had a propensity towards corruption. The public needs the truth, not only from those who ought to face criminal charges but those who have held public office and been complicit in what has been inflicted on the South African public. By RAYMOND SUTTNER.
Suspended Parliamentary Protection Services head Zelda Holtzman faces dismissal for gross insubordination and failure to submit a business plan, following recommendations from an independent disciplinary process chaired by a senior advocate who last week interviewed for a judgeship. Parliament on Monday evening said it would make a decision after considering the recommendations, while Holtzman indicated she’d await the decision, but reserved her rights. The release of the recommended sanctions is the latest in a saga that has seen Holtzman on suspension for longer than she had been at work. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
The Danish government recently decided to shut its diplomatic mission to Mozambique, historically one of its most important African development aid partners. They have done so because of the need to focus Danish efforts and rationalise expenditure, the choice helped by flagrant mismanagement of the economy by the government in Maputo, including secret debt agreements which have brought one of the darlings of the international aid community to insolvency. Yet, such a decision made on rational grounds – deciding not only where to spend money, but more importantly, on what and whom not to – is actually quite rare among donors. By GREG MILLS, JEFFREY HERBST and DICKIE DAVIS.
We know the story: Africa is poor, and it needs help from rich countries. And if Western powers have exploited the black continent through slavery, colonialism and resource extraction, that’s all in the past. Nowadays, they are all generous, determined to help eradicate poverty and facilitate sustainable development. The problem is, this story, propagated ad nauseam by rich countries, is actually quite naïve. By LEONCE NDIKUMANA.
It’s been a while since the All Blacks have had to work as they did at the weekend. And while there have been notable improvements for the Springboks, only convincing efforts in Europe will ensure their redemption for 2018. And then there’s the matter of not ignoring what continues to plague the country’s development structures. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
by Daniel SILVA with Marianne BARRIAUX in Madrid Spain's separatism crisis faced a decisive moment Tuesday with Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont to address regional lawmakers in a speech his supporters hope will be a unilateral declaration of independence.
As we approach 19 October we can be sure that the issue of media freedom will gain more coverage in our media, and rightly so, for many of the reasons articulated by Glenda Daniels here. The exposé by our media, in particular Scorpio and amaBhungane, of the Gupta emails are testament to the critical importance of media freedom for our young democracy. But media freedom is even bigger and more important than the essential public good of journalism and investigative journalism. As we approach 19 October to celebrate and highlight how far we have come and examine new dangers, it is equally important that we also talk about the other dimensions of media freedom.
A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that new technologies and automation will threaten, if not destroy, over 30% of jobs in the developed world by 2030. This is not the first research paper to reach similar conclusions. Think about this for a moment – we are talking about hundreds of millions of jobs disappearing into thin air, attended by inevitable social collapse and misery. So what does that mean for SA? It means that all political parties are lying. The prospects for jobs growth are zero, and the prospects for further job losses are 100%.
Fifty years after his death, young hipsters and old socialists still lionise Che Guevara, who was killed on the orders of the Bolivian government on 9 October 1967. But the romantic image of the immortal revolutionary papers over nasty cracks in his legacy.
Pierre de Vos: The President is legally bound to appoint the SABC board candidates selected by Parliament
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) does not currently have a board. This is because President Jacob Zuma has not yet appointed the 12 non-executive members of the board nominated by the National Assembly, despite having a legal duty to do so. Unfortunately, the reasons advanced by President Zuma for not yet having appointed the board have no basis in law.
The University of Johannesburg has launched three new completely online degree programmes, offering flexible higher learning opportunities for candidates. These include: a Master of Public Health, a Master of Public Management and Governance, and a Master of Education in Information and Communication Technology.