SARS boss Tom Moyane misused SARS in order to hustle information out of the Financial Intelligence Centre for the benefit and defence of his second-in-command Jonas Makwakwa, who stands accused of money laundering. Moyane also tipped off Makwakwa about the FIC investigation into his mysterious good fortune. This amounts to several serious contraventions of the Financial Intelligence Act. In accordance with the act, there are grounds for criminal charges against Moyane – something that might land him a jail sentence or hefty fine, experts say. By PAULI VAN WYK for SCORPIO.
As President Jacob Zuma fights for his political life there are a few chess pieces left on the board that might still be able to defend the cornered king. KwaZulu-Natal Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Moipone Noko, the woman who is leading the team that will consider Zuma’s representations to the NPA and make recommendations to NPA boss Shaun Abrahams, might be one such piece. By MARIANNE THAMM.
President Jacob Zuma may well deliver next week’s State of the Nation Address, but it will be ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the commemoration on 11 February of Nelson Mandela’s release from jail, 28 years later to the day. These political visuals hint at the behind-the-scenes contestation within the governing ANC. On Thursday Parliament’s presiding officers said the address would go ahead, to be delivered by the “head of state”, but stayed clear of naming names. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Since October 2017 the eyes of the world have been focused on the City of Cape Town as it faces the prospect of becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water. But hundreds of kilometers outside the metro limits, in and around the Tankwa Karoo, which straddles the Northern and Western Cape, water scarcity has been the so-called “new normal” for well over a year. And that’s even by the standards of the driest part of a region whose name means ‘Place of Thirst.’ By DIANA NEILLE for CHRONICLE.
A refreshing honesty and frankness in dealing with the critical issues facing the utility was revealed by new Eskom chairman Jabu Mabuza and acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe at the long awaited and delayed Eskom interim financial results presentation for the six-month period ending 30 September 2017. By CHRIS YELLAND.
President Donald Trump – like some deluded people – lives in a world where he can tweet at the television and the TV talks back to him. Of late, the TV has been telling DJT that his job approval rating is the worst on record (by 10 points). As he may have said in a previous life: “Too much failure in office. People will not allow another four years of incompetence.” By JONATHAN FAULL.
Professor Pierre de Vos accuses the DA of conflating party and state in the Cape Town drought crisis, a charge that cannot go unanswered. The Chinese Wall between the party and the state is a key tenet of liberal democratic principle and DA philosophy. The erosion of this principle at a national level has been a key reason for the capture of the civil service and state entities by a rent-seeking political elite, driven by the revolving door between Luthuli House and the state. By GEORDIN HILL-LEWIS.
A conference on expropriation without compensation – which deputy minister of rural development and land reform Mcebisi Skwatsha says is to be convened by the ruling ANC – would serve merely to push South Africa down a fruitless blind alley while avoiding the key reasons why land reform has failed to live up to its expectations. By TERENCE CORRIGAN.
Renewables everywhere thrive on the fair and open competition that no new nuclear plant has achieved anywhere. Nuclear costs are murky, rising, and augmented by the long-term burdens of decommissioning the radioactive plants and storing their wastes for millennia. In contrast, renewable energy costs are transparent and falling. By ANTON EBERHARD and AMORY LOVINS.
The FBI warned Wednesday it has "grave concerns" over the accuracy of a secret Congressional memo that could depict the agency as deeply politicized, as President Donald Trump's top aide signalled the White House would allow the document's release.
Why is the Minister of Environmental Affairs, ostensibly the lead agent on implementing climate change mitigation, championing fossil fuels? One might hope that having the Minister of Environmental Affairs and lead agent on climate change at the head of the oceans-economy initiative would serve to temper enthusiasm for expanding our fossil fuel industries, but such hopes are utterly dashed by Edna Molewa’s latest decision.
The above headline was the title of one of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s sermons that shaped me as a young student activist 40 years ago. Last week at the judicial hearing into Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s liability for costs over the Sassa litigation, I witnessed the inverse from Dlamini. Tender-mindedness and tough-heartedness.
This was always going to be a disastrous scenario for Maimane and the DA. While most South Africans were overjoyed with the early Christmas present delivered by the ANC’s 54th National Conference, Maimane’s worst nightmare came true on 18 December 2017.