“What has changed?” could be the question as Jacob Zuma makes his way towards his next court appearance in the Durban High Court this week. Again, vigils and prayers are the order of the day. Equally, Friday is set to deliver another indecisive court appearance, the precursor to a multitude of further appearances in months if not years to come.
A storm is brewing in the hinterland of KwaZulu-Natal and it’s going to get bad before it gets better. Political killings, intimidation and general ill-discipline among ANC members are the order of the day. Even the auditor-general’s office staff had to flee from the province because it seems the people in that part of the world are immune to accountability and above the law.
There are hundreds of things going wrong in the health system. Mini Life Esidimenis occur every day. But as with a cancer, the more pervasive the crisis becomes, the bleaker the prognosis. As we can see in many of our SADC neighbours, as well as in BRICS partners such as India, the death of a public healthcare system is not an impossibility. It is the inevitable end result of neglect.
PARLIAMENT: ‘Market Sensitivity’ – a convenient new way to avoid accountability, disclosure and public scrutiny
No one can use market sensitivity to hide corruption, parliamentary finance committee chairperson Yunus Carrim emphasised as the Public Investment Corporation took advantage of the gap, opened by ANC MPs and EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu, not to answer questions because of “market sensitivity”.
Former President Jacob Zuma’s legal team was left scrambling on Tuesday when they received a letter from National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams, rejecting a request for the criminal case to be withdrawn pending the finalisation of a separate legal fight over the state’s paying of former president Jacob Zuma’s defence. Their next option is to approach the courts for an intervention, but the former president seems to be cautious to be the delinquent litigant he has become infamous for – lest he has to pay these bills himself.
Despite optimism over the appointment of a new interim Prasa board, MPs at Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport threw cold water on the hope that the new board will improve operations at the entity, especially in Cape Town.
The community of Kliphuewel have had enough of empty promises. They have been living in shacks for more than 30 years and have been pleading with the Cape Town municipality for their most basic needs; housing, electricity, transport, clinics and schools. The only time political party leaders come to Klipheuwel is when the elections are due; they make false promises and bribe them with food. The community have had enough and are taking their land back with or without the government’s permission.
On Tuesday Statistics South Africa released data showing that our economy had contracted by 2.2% in the first quarter of 2018, when compared with the final quarter of 2017. The numbers obviously appear to take the wind out of the sails of the Ramaphoria ship, and menacingly present just how stark the problems in our economy are. It is also more proof, not that it’s needed, that the time has come for the representatives of the various constituencies to come together to find a way to get the economy growing.
HEALTH CRISIS: Healthcare RSA is still afloat, maintains Minister Aaron Motsoaledi – while it sinks around him
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi denies that the healthcare system has collapsed. Regardless of what term you use, people are suffering due to poor care and the minister wants a pat on the back because his system works – sometimes.
When the Muslim Judicial Council hosted President Cyril Ramaphosa, he indicated the government’s commitment to ensuring Muslim marriages are afforded recognition. I indicated that the composition of an advisory committee needs to be inclusive and ensure experts in the different religious marriage laws are represented. There is a broader context within which the above suggestion was made, which I would like to elaborate upon.
RIGHT OF REPLY: Hogan Lovells: The professional role of lawyers is sometimes misunderstood or misconstrued
Over the past several months, Daily Maverick has published a series of articles questioning our actions, our motives and ongoing engagement with SARS. In this right of reply, we address the serious allegations made against us.
Unless local government, given its proximity to communities, is genuinely seen as the most important tier of government and is accordingly resourced with officials with the requisite competencies, there is no hope that the current crisis in municipalities can be turned around.
On the second day of the court hearing to determine whether Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille was lawfully stripped of her DA membership, the DA’s lawyers fought back. Even if the manner in which De Lille was ousted was procedurally flawed, they argued, it was clear that her relationship with the party was over. But judges hearing the matter had a different concern: should this internal party issue be brought before a court at all?
The failure of our government to adequately protect our privacy – having produced a world-class data protection law and then failed, thus far, to get it off the ground – could well have economic consequences in light of a new set of privacy rules adopted by the European Union.
The parliamentary Constitutional Review Committee that is looking into changes to the so-called property clause has urged all South Africans “give their views and to be tolerant enough to allow those who have different views, to air their views”.
South Africa's economy suffered its sharpest contraction in nearly a decade in the first quarter of 2018, official data showed on Tuesday, highlighting the huge challenge facing President Cyril Ramaphosa as he tries to get the economy back on its feet.
On Monday, Police Minister Bheki Cele, otherwise affectionately known as the Big Cat In The Hat, SAPS National Commissioner, Khehla Sitole, flanked by new Hawks head, Godfrey Lebeya and other senior SAPS officials, announced a far-reaching crime strategy aimed at securing the South African state and its citizens. For years, a parasitic shadow criminal state, often located within the SAPS itself, has corroded the ability of the criminal justice sector to fulfill its democratic mandate. Time for an industrial-strength clean out.
A clause in a confidential settlement agreement that sought to insulate McKinsey & Co from having to clean up Trillian’s R600-million mess – on top of the R1-billion the company has to pay back – appears to be the main reason why negotiations between the global consulting firm, Eskom and the Asset Forfeiture Unit broke down at the 11th hour last month.