ANC leaders made much of unity at the party’s first-of-their-kind birthday celebrations on Monday, ahead of a meeting by the newly-elected national executive committee where the ousting of President Jacob Zuma is almost certain to be raised. With one of the most powerful leaders in the party behind this push, it now seems like it might only be a matter of time. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
The moment it was announced that the then-ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had won the race to be the new leader, it was obvious that pressure would soon mount for removal of Jacob Zuma as SA President. Despite the narrowness of his victory, and the fact that both the top six National Leaders and the NEC are narrowly divided, there is a growing expectation that Zuma will go, and go soon. And while it is obviously unsustainable for him to stay in office for long with Ramaphosa as ANC leader, there are also reasons to believe that this may not be a quick and easy victory for Ramaphosa, but in fact this could turn out to be a long, drawn-out process. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
University stakeholders were in last-minute discussions on Monday to ensure the academic year begins without interruption. The sustainability of President Jacob Zuma's announcement on free education remains in question and political parties took full advantage of the uncertainty. By GREG NICOLSON.
Refugees detained for long periods at the Francistown Centre for Illegal Immigrants (FCII) have accused prison officials of a pattern of ill-treatment including regular assaults and a failure to act on reports that boys as young as nine have been sexually abused. By Joel Konopo and Ntibinyane Ntibinyane for INK CENTRE FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM.
The election of Cyril Ramaphosa to the ANC presidency is a significant change in the political terrain. But it is insufficient to clear up the grime and violence surrounding the Zuma era, insofar as Zuma remains state president and his allies may present obstacles to the future elevation of Ramaphosa to the state presidency. It is important that all those who wish to bring the Zuma era and its legacies to an end should back Ramaphosa, to the extent that he is prepared to undertake a thorough clean-up. This may provide the opportunity to restore the hope that many cherished for a democratic South Africa with an ever-widening emancipatory scope. By RAYMOND SUTTNER.
The challenges Eskom is facing around governance, corruption and state capture are common cause, but it is unfortunately crowding out an even more serious structural problem, which speaks to the very viability of Eskom as a utility company. By PIET VAN STADEN.
There were long queues, but major chaos was provisionally held at bay as registration began at some universities on Monday. While most have adopted a no walk-in policy, Vaal University of Technology opened its doors to first-time applicants. By BHEKI SIMELANE.