by Thomas URBAIN / Sébastien BLANC The case against disgraced Harvey Weinstein took on an international dimension Thursday, with police in New York and Britain launching investigations -- while the movie mogul was accused of rape by a fourth person.
Shaun Abrahams, head of the country’s beleaguered National Prosecution Authority will find himself in the spotlight on Friday when the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein hands down judgment in President Jacob Zuma and the NPA’s appeal against a High Court order for the reinstatement of 783 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering against the President. It is clear from September representations made to the SCA that Abrahams is a worried man. Will he finally find his spine and honour his oath of office and the rule of law? By MARIANNE THAMM.
The South African public is gatvol with corruption. When it comes to KPMG, nothing short of a a review process is required to uncover all the wrongdoing, with actual consequences for the wrongdoers. This includes fines and time spent in correctional services. By MOOKETSI ‘POP’ MOTSISI.
With ANC branches preparing to nominate candidates for the party’s elective conference in December, watch the campaigns spring into full gear. Demonstrating that he is a player in the game, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has this week properly nailed his colours to the mast of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who this weekend is set to go boldly into KwaZulu-Natal, the mighty home province of his rival in the presidential race, ANC MP Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. She, in turn, will be addressing a crowd on Ramaphosa’s home turf, Limopopo, on Sunday. ANC Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize is also humming along. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
This is the moment to restore the Sovereignty of the Citizenry over its Servant – the Government. Let the people organise themselves in their provinces and their organised structures to reimagine the South Africa of their dreams, the South Africa we pray for. This is the Moment. By BISHOP MALUSI MPUMLWANA.
Thursday’s judgment ruling anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol’s 1971 death a murder at the hands of the Security Branch was a historic moment for the country. Already there are calls to hold more apartheid killers accountable, but, as history has shown, finding justice in the past is a long and difficult road. By GREG NICOLSON.
Only if the alliance is seen to be rising above factionalism and attending to the real needs of its core constituencies can it hope to remain something workers support. The alliance cannot be something that comes into being at election time or when a crisis emerges that has to be addressed to avoid a strike. It has to have content and meaning. By SILUMKO NONDWANGU, TEBELLO MOKOENA, RICHARD JEWISON and MOLEFINYANE PHERA.
South Africa is in the midst of a hunger crisis affecting millions – and a group of activists think they have a solution. Thursday saw members of the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign march to six government departments to try to persuade officials to take seriously a “People’s Food Sovereignty Act” drawn up on behalf of small-scale farmers, communities, the hungry and the landless. The suggestions are radical. Will anyone in power listen? By REBECCA DAVIS.
Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol was murdered, ruled the Pretoria High Court in a unique inquest on Thursday, overturning a 1972 ruling that he committed suicide while in detention in 1971. The Security Branch officers who could face charges for pushing him from the police’s John Vorster Square, however, have died. By GREG NICOLSON.
Zelda Holtzman is contesting her dismissal as head of Parliament’s protection services (PPS), it was announced this week after an over two-year disciplinary process. “It’s a natural response because of the injustices I have suffered,” she told Daily Maverick on Thursday, saying the charges were “trumped up”. And the issues she regards central to her removal, the Secretary to Parliament’s use of blue lights and recruitment of SAPS members into the PPS, remain unresolved. Her comments come as the Labour Court is set to hear PPS staff grievances over preferential salary and employment conditions afforded to those recruited from the SAPS. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Most members of the Police Portfolio Committee didn’t seem to think there was much sign of the professional, skilled and community-based police service envisaged in the National Development Programme. By MOIRA LEVY.
Professor Belinda Bozzoli got it wrong in her opinion piece, misleadingly titled New assault on academic excellence – research grants cut amid funding shortage. The piece disingenuously focused only on one funding instrument that is aimed at incentivising researchers and ignored the main instruments for funding research and human capacity development used by the National Research Foundation, says DR MOLAPO QHOBELA.
Africa is a mining continent. Minerals represent over 60% of the continent’s exports. There is a persistent outcry within the continent that African people are being dispossessed of their resources. It is a fact that the current model characterised by the externalisation of mining (for most countries concepts/philosophy on mineral governance are conceptualised and designed by outsiders; rent-seeking approach and export of minerals that benefit outside players more) is not working for the continent. By CLAUDE KABEMBA.
It was widely reported last week that a vehicle dedicated to carrying people with disabilities was attacked and the occupants left traumatised. But what was the protest about and how did a Dial-a-Ride bus end up being targeted? By Peter Luhanga and William Yoder for GROUNDUP.
by Adam PLOWRIGHT with Dave Clark in Washington and Mike Smith in Jerusalem The United States and its ally Israel said Thursday they were pulling out of the UN's culture and education body, in a move that underlined Washington's drift away from international institutions.
The last time American military aircraft flew so provocatively over foreign airspace, and the last time such an action was defended on the basis of the merits of showing military strength, was 50 five years ago, when another militarily inexperienced American president was equally at odds with his Joint Chiefs over how to face down an obstinate enemy.
I don’t even know where to start as I write this open letter to President JG Zuma. I am in pain as I reflect on the state of the glorious movement of our people, the ANC; it has become something that I do not know.
by Julie Charpentrat with Glenn Chapman in San Francisco More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 23 people dead and thousands homeless.