The ANC kicked off the week by celebrating its 106th birthday, but it could be a different organisation by the time its birthday rally comes around on Saturday. The ground is shifting to favour the party’s new leadership, and President Jacob Zuma’s late-night announcement on Tuesday that he’ll be appointing a state capture probe is one sign of that. Then there is also news that two African presidents will, unusually, grace the former liberation movement’s weekend celebrations. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has repeated his commitment to expropriating land without compensation, but this weekend could reveal his sincerity on the policy and how the ANC will handle the contentious issue ahead of the 2019 elections. By GREG NICOLSON.
State Capture Inquiry: Zuma under pressure, announces commission headed by Deputy Chief Justice Zondo
President Jacob Zuma, facing increased pressure to step down ahead of Wednesday's NEC meeting, has announced the establishment of a commission of inquiry into “state capture” to be headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. While Zuma said he had appealed a December 2017 high court ruling with regard to his duties as President in appointing the commission, as well as an order that he personally pay costs of his unsuccessful application to interdict the release of the State of Capture Report, the matter “could no longer wait”. The move could be viewed as a tactical attempt at thwarting the bid to oust him. By MARIANNE THAMM.
It seems there’s a serious downfall to successful water saving measures in Cape Town, namely the city’s R1.6 billion in lost revenue due to water-wise residents. To make up the shortfall, Mayor Patricia de Lille has a new plan: a drought charge, which has many households up in arms. By LEILA DOUGAN and AYANDA CHARLIE.
by Michael Mathes President Donald Trump took command of a high-profile White House meeting on immigration Tuesday, coaxing Republican and Democratic lawmakers toward a compromise on the fate of undocumented migrants who came to the United States as children.
The ANCYL should start thinking outside the box and consider having campaigns that talk directly to the young people of this country, being active in all communities – and particularly focusing on the problems that plague young people across the nation.
Pierre de Vos: Disagreement over interpretation is what led to two different decisions in Con Court impeachment judgment
Stripped of the (unnecessarily emotional) rhetoric in and around the case, a relatively crisp legal question animates the minority and majority decisions in Economic Freedom Fighters and Others v Speaker of the National Assembly and Another (the so-called impeachment judgment). A disagreement about the correct interpretation of section 89 of the Constitution leads the majority and minority to profoundly different conclusions about the procedure that must be followed before the National Assembly (NA) can legally vote on whether to impeach the President of South Africa.