President Jacob Zuma is under pressure. That it’s not quite going his way emerged strongly when Parliament, in an unprecedented move, postponed the State of the Nation Address with only a day to go. But it’s politics, and nothing is straightforward. And so Wednesday’s urgent special ANC National Executive Committee meeting set to discuss Zuma’s future was cancelled late on Tuesday evening. It’s a political Mexican stand-off. By MARIANNE MERTEN
A scandal involving the Bank of Baroda’s South Africa operations, a cabal of businessmen of Indian origin, and South African President Jacob Zuma, has undermined the reputation of India’s second largest bank and resulted in an unprecedented penalty by the South African Reserve Bank. By HINDUSTAN TIMES with AMABHUNGANE and SCORPIO.
Sometimes, during political conferences, time seems to flash past, with events just dotting here and there. The only time this has been matched in recent political history is during the recall of Thabo Mbeki, when speech followed judgment, preceded meeting and led to decision. We are living through such a time, when political events don’t splutter and ebb, but shake and gust. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
As President Jacob Zuma’s grip on power weakened and the unthinkable happened – his State of the Nation Address that his loyalists swore would happen on Thursday was postponed – old conspiracy theories against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa were aired. Rumours started circling that it was actually he who is in the firing line. Then, shortly afterwards, Ramaphosa in turn postponed a special national executive committee meeting after “fruitful and constructive” discussions with Zuma. Could this be it? By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
Attempts to fix a litany of problems at Metrorail and Prasa were dealt yet another blow as the acting Prasa board failed to show up at Parliament on Tuesday. This was the second time in two weeks that Prasa was a no-show, resulting in Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport resolving to subpoena the board to appear next week. By SUNÈ PAYNE.
President Jacob Zuma is on the ropes, with all signs suggesting he is on the way out. The South African Communist Party on Tuesday warned that he is willing to take drastic, even violent, actions to stay in power, but it appears Zuma might have acceded to requests to step down. By GREG NICOLSON.
People’s Tribunal for Economic Crimes: When ‘power seeps out of the Cabinet and into kitchen cabinets’
It was the private sector’s turn to get a battering at the People’s Tribunal for Economic Crimes at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The penultimate day of the tribunal, which organisers say aims to “join the dots” between corruption in the apartheid era and democratic South Africa, probed State Capture – and traced where the rot began. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
A parliamentary committee last week called for the Department of Trade and Industry and the National Consumer Commission to rein in unscrupulous traders who increase the price of bottled water amid the water crisis in Cape Town. Trade & Industry Committee chairperson Joanmariae Fubbs told Daily Maverick this needs to be done to protect the poor and vulnerable from exploitation. By SUNÈ PAYNE.
Unpolished, volatile and polarising, Roy Bennett was no Mother Teresa – and never pretended to be – but his wife, Heather, could have been. Together, they were a formidable team that left an indelible mark on Zimbabwe’s politics and on those who knew them. STUART DORAN remembers them after their deaths in an aircraft accident on 17 January.
While below the working poverty line of approximately R4,750 per month, the National Minimum Wage will raise wages for about [one third] of the formal sector workforce, the published bill has serious shortcomings that threaten to undermine the national minimum wage’s role in combating poverty and inequality. By GILAD ISAACS.
In an unprecedented move – and a sign of the superheated political times around the future of President Jacob Zuma –Thursday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) has been postponed. National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete announced this on Tuesday afternoon, saying the decision was taken in the “best interest of Parliament and the country”. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
As our politics deals with the high drama, uncertainty and farce around President Zuma’s departure from political office – happening any time between today and 15 months from now – it is worth reflecting on the question of leadership transitions.
The Catholic Church’s St John of God order moved an Irish school principal accused of child abuse to Malawi, where he continued working with vulnerable children for almost 20 years, an investigation by the Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM) and Irish newspaper the Mail on Sunday has revealed. By MICHAEL O’FARRELL and COLLINS MTIKA.
On Tuesday – as controversy rages around the possible removal of Jacob Zuma as President of the country – the State of the Nation Address (SONA) was postponed. There is nothing in the Constitution or the rules of Parliament that prohibits such a postponement. In fact, nothing requires the president to deliver a SONA. Arguably, the address could easily be cancelled without the nation being any the poorer for it and without any legal rule being broken.