Johannesburg is about to make recycling at home mandatory. As with any such programme, this will lead to wasted time, money and effort, inefficiency and sweet deals for the government’s corporate cronies. When recycling does have benefits, someone will pay you to do so.
As the process of “graduating into something terminal” due to rampant corruption is at an advanced stage, it is appropriate and timely to consider, with finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, the need for a manifesto for curing corruption, or at least tackling it in the manner required by the highest court in the land.
Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has had a rough time since taking office. First, she ordered Parliament to amend the Constitution – despite the fact that she had no power to do so. Then a High Court found that she was biased and lacked impartiality, as well as being dishonest and incompetent, and ordered her personally to pay a part of the legal costs in a case brought against her. Now she has released a report on Helen Zille’s highly problematic tweets on colonialism that is so legally misguided that it is difficult to believe that a qualified lawyer could write it in good faith.
PUBLIC PROTECTOR vs HELEN ZILLE: Zille’s colonialism tweets could have caused ‘racial tensions, divisions and violence’ – Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Monday released a report saying Western Cape Premier and former DA leader Helen Zille’s tweets on colonialism could have incited violence and she should be sanctioned by the provincial legislature.
Now that US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have finally met, the real work of denuclearising the Korean peninsula begins. Or not. There are still questions aplenty. Only time will tell whether the Singapore Summit sealed the fate of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme or was another false dawn. Writing in Foreign Policy in May 2018, Terence McNamee revisited South Africa’s transition from nuclear-armed pariah to respected member of the world’s non-nuclear club and especially the role of FW de Klerk, suggesting that Kim too could – for different reasons – decide that his bombs are more valuable dismantled than deployed.
The political events since the end of the ANC’s Nasrec conference have shown that the disputes over power within the party have very deep roots, and no easy or quick solutions. In all the chaos, one thing does appear certain: were Mr Zuma and his followers successful in removing Ramaphosa from his office through any means over the next few years, the ANC would not survive, both as a coherent political force, and as a governing party.
South Africa’s determined ongoing efforts to cut its ties with the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICC) in the Hague resurfaced at the tail end of a meeting of the Committee of Justice and Correctional Services in Parliament.
Newsflash: Former Hawks boss, Mthandazo Ntlemeza’s daughter to be charged with crimen injuria and intimidation after death threats
The National Prosecuting Authority has decided to prosecute former Hawks head Mthandazo Ntlemeza’s daughter, Anele Ntlemeza, a cluster co-ordinator at SAPS Crime Intelligence in Polokwane, with crimen injuria and intimidation after she threatened to kill a colleague who had opened a case against her father. Ntlemeza Jr also threatened forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan. It isn’t pretty, we warn you.
An unusual, apparently contradictory set of personality traits combined to make Nelson Mandela the leader that he became. One of these was notorious stubbornness, which nevertheless combined with a willingness to change, where change became necessary. Meaning not only unwillingness to change, stubbornness can also suggest steadfastness. Obstinacy, in this sense, was also why his commitment to freedom never wavered.
The call for expropriation without compensation is a reaction to the general failure of the land reform programme to live up to expectations. It is not the Constitution that is at fault. The Constitution is being used as a scapegoat for government’s (and especially the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s) ineptitude in this regard.