Getting President Jacob Zuma to go seems to require more patience than some South Africans can muster right now. Meanwhile, the Presidency is working hard to put out an image of business as usual, even during some very, very unusual times. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
The woes of President Jacob Zuma and his Gupta buddies have left some of the family’s henchmen with many a lonely pickle. Take one-time lieutenant Althaf Emmamally, a key insider who tried to reinvent himself courtesy of a R900,000 a month deal at the Airports Company of SA – now Acsa is threatening to recover the money amid questions over how he got the deal, right in the thick of the State Capture scandal. By JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT for SCORPIO.
Without whistle-blowers, the scandal of the Guptas and the Vrede dairy farm would never have come to light. But one whistle-blower, Moses Chaka, appears to have paid with his life. Another, Doctor Radebe, suffered ostracism, threats and shots allegedly fired at his vehicle by police. In both cases, the investigations have ground to a halt. Tabelo Timse of AMABHUNGANE reports.
It is a common complaint that Cyril Ramaphosa is letting this all take too long, that he is being held hostage by Zuma, that he’s being played. But time matters in political processes, because it affects perceptions. And by dragging things out like this, power is ebbing away from Zuma. Every day. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
A new date for the State of the Nation Address on Wednesday remained elusive, as ANC political dynamics play out. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa moved to calm the political turbulence, saying his discussions with President Jacob Zuma on the “transition” and “matters relating to his position” as South Africa’s president have laid “the basis for a speedy resolution”. But opposition parties said they’ll meet again on Monday as the governing party’s internal ructions could not “hold our country to ransom”. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
The ANC is not the only South African political party currently battling to unseat a leader. In Cape Town, a protracted and increasingly ugly struggle is playing out between the DA and the city’s mayor, Patricia de Lille. The DA is publicly claiming that one of its trusted deployees is corrupt; De Lille furiously denies the charge. It is clear De Lille has lost the support and protection of her party, but the handling of this all begs questions. By REBECCA DAVIS.
On Monday 5 February, Lobsang Sangay, the president of the Tibetan government-in-exile, arrived in South Africa for a four-day visit. The Department of Home Affairs couldn’t stop him because, unlike the Dalai Lama, he doesn’t travel on refugee papers. KEVIN BLOOM spoke to the “sikyong” about realpolitik, the influence of Beijing, and the environmental catastrophe that will be visited upon the planet if China doesn’t cease its exploitation of the Tibetan plateau.
Again the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has been in the headlines. This time not Fees Must Fall protests, but a labour dispute. An end to the seven-day strike, just before teaching commenced for the academic year, meant that a further possible student-worker alliance over insourcing was never tested. Nevertheless, several critical issues were at stake. Some still are. By DAVID DICKINSON.
On 21 January 2018, in the town of Bredasdorp, Jodine Pieters’ body was found raped and murdered at a limestone factory. The brutality of her death evoked painful memories of the cruel murder of Anene Booysen in 2013, and Sulnita Manho in 2016; both of whom resided in rural Bredasdorp. By DANIELLE HOFFMEESTER and JODI WILLIAMS.
Newsflash: Cyril Ramaphosa – Both President Zuma and myself are aware that our people deserve closure
Amid uncertainty, rumour and conjecture, ANC president CYRIL RAMAPHOSA issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon following discussions with the South African president Jacob Zuma “on transition”. Here is the statement.
Dictators come in many forms but they have one thing in common, they never go quietly into the night. President Jacob Zuma has proven himself to be a illegitimate misleader with a dubious track record, criminal friends and a self-seeking lawlessness. Let us not imagine that he will rise to the occasion and step down. He will not. He will have to be pushed, and the once mighty ANC can no longer control him.
South Africa’s discourse has followed a criminal pattern of commonly taking place in spaces where people want to come across as woke and progressive. As noble as this may be the consequence is often white women speaking for all women, the upper middle class speaking for the poor or black men speaking for black people with the disadvantaged suffering even more as a result of this – the robust debate relating to the screening of the film Inxeba is no exception to this trend.
Cyril Ramaphosa is surrounded by crooks – and no matter how much he preaches about open and transparent government, the corrupt elements around him will never be rehabilitated. The ANC Top Six is comprised of Gupta stooges and Zuma loyalists who are devoted to looting our state coffers for their own personal gain and protecting the man who, with the backing of the ANC, has done his best to destroy our country.
In Russia it would appear, if the flight radar of their private jet ZS-OAK is anything to go by. The Guptas may have had to fly commercial airlines for a month when their jet was apparently grounded over the festive season, but it wasn't long before their private wings were flying high again.