Two months after the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors announced the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry, chaired by Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, into alleged misconduct by KPMG regarding work done for the Gupta family, and the controversial SARS “rogue” unit report, things appear to have ground to a halt. A key witness willing to testify has been left hanging by IRBA, SAICA, KPMG as well as the commission, who have not made any contact since November. By MARIANNE THAMM.
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has been setting the stage for a fresh attempt, mooted for next week, to force President Jacob Zuma out of office. Unity rhetoric has made way for some tough talk as he was warmly received by traditional leaders near former president Nelson Mandela’s home in the Eastern Cape. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
The country’s embattled power company, Eskom, stood firm on Thursday in its contention that it followed due process in its disciplinary case against Suzanne Daniels, the Company Secretary and acting head of legal. By JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT.
In this Trumpian, boundary-free age of social media oversharing, ordinary citizens are able to follow elected officials as they party, attend fashion shows and record their culinary adventures in some of the country's top restaurants. We are even able to virtually enter the intimacy of the homes of those we have elected to govern. And while President Jacob Zuma suffered several crippling setbacks in December, including watching his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma lose the race to the presidency of the ANC to Cyril Ramaphosa, over at Chez Zuma, a parallel universe throbbed in the summer heat. Meanwhile, outside the circle of sunshine, second First Lady Nompumelelo Ntuli threatened to sue SAPS for accusing her of trying to poison her husband. By MARIANNE THAMM.
It could never be said that Prof Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile was an ivory tower intellectual. To him, being designated as a public intellectual meant that his poetry was informed by politics; and politics was eventually influenced by his poetry. By PARKS TAU.
Newsflash: Prospective students hurt during a chaotic registration day at Limpopo's Capricorn College
Registration has been postponed after several prospective students from Capricorn College in Limpopo were injured in various incidents during a chaotic applications and registrations day on Thursday. By BHEKI SIMELANE.
Despite hardships, many pupils in the Free State were in it to win it. Here we focus on three Free State matriculants who can pat themselves on the back after 12 years of schooling finally paid off. Their hard work and determination to overcome adversity have secured them bursaries and places at university. By PUSELETSO NTHATE.
For the minority of us lucky enough to have jobs and an income, our annual summer holidays promise time for friends and family, time for a return to nature, time for the picking up the hobbies and real-life passions that so often get squeezed out of daily living. Hours, no longer allocated to an endless line of often futile meetings, are suddenly full of minutes. There is time to extricate your mind from its prisons – prisons far more deadening to thought than the proverbial box.
Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar: ‘Day Zero’ catastrophe creeps ever closer in Cape Town as DA’s internal dysfunction deepens
Factionalism is embedded in the DA as it is embedded in South Africa’s politics. However, the trouble with the current internal political squabble around mayor Patricia De Lille is that it is impacting on the impending chaos that looms when the water is switched off across Cape Town.
Pierre de Vos: A few tips for parliamentarians on developing rules for impeachment of a sitting president
The rules committee of the NA faces an extremely difficult task to determine exactly what types of conduct by the President would warrant impeachment. A related problem is that the construct of a reasonable person, often used in the law, is – of course – a fiction.
The carefully crafted announcement by the President regarding the intended appointment of a commission of inquiry into state capture has received a mixed reception mainly because it is well known that turkeys don’t vote for Christmas.