Rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches Tuesday in the increasingly unlikely hope of finding survivors after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 141 lives in one of Japan's worst weather-related disasters for decades.
State Capture, continued: Ghosts of Zuma and Conflicts of Interest lurk behind Jiba, Mrwebi SCA majority finding
Former President Jacob Zuma’s rape trial as well as allegations of corruption related to the arms deal formed the unseen architecture around Tuesday’s Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) majority decision overturning a North Gauteng High Court ruling striking Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, and NPA specialised commercial crimes head, Lawrence Mrwebi, from the roll of advocates. However, it’s not over yet for the two Zuma-era loyalists.
South Africa’s fast approaching 2019 benchmark of 25 years of democracy is one that will be celebrated with circumspection. Instead of unadulterated fêting, the country is immersed in a renewed transition in which people’s politics, processes of rule-making and ideological points of departure have been turned on their heads.
The hate speech case against Velaphi Khumalo, when compared with similar cases in the past, raises serious questions about the law that defines and prohibits hate speech. As we await an Equality Court ruling, what ought to happen?
Theatres seek stable profit, but they do so at the expense of bold originality. And so grows the assumption that audiences don’t understand theatre, and that in order to gratify them, shows should be recognisable or comforting. The problem is cyclical, but it takes hold early, when performers are still young and daring.
Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff famously said that “football is a simple game. It is just very hard to play it simple”. The same rings true for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to bolster investment in South Africa. The president’s seemingly simple goal is made much harder by the country’s business environment, which has been deteriorating in recent years. Ramaphosa can, however, implement a handful of measures to boost the country’s standing among investors.
SASSAGATE: Net1 is ‘cheating’ social grant beneficiaries, charges Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu
Net1 companies providing social grants are deceiving beneficiaries to maintain their market share, Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu said on Tuesday, as Sassa continues to implement the new system of paying cash grants.
STATE OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE: More than half of top civil servants hide their private directorships from public view
Almost half the senior civil servants at national level who have direct private business interests alongside their public sector day job failed to disclose those company directorships as required, according to the Public Service Commission on Tuesday. And just four out of 10 senior public servants in national departments had obtained the required written approval for their remunerative work outside the civil service that netted 183 senior managers just over R16-million. Serious questions arise about the state of the public service.
There is still no information forthcoming about the explosive devices discovered around Durban in early July 2018, and no arrests have been made. The Hawks are adamant that the matter is being given the highest priority, and the news that the Crimes Against the State unit has been brought in to investigate is reassuring evidence of this. At the same time, it’s worth reiterating what is at stake.
Domestic violence against women is rife in the community of Hanover Park. These six mothers discuss how in some cases women provoke their husbands and in other cases men say that have to “hit the love in”. They all agree that this abuse has to stop and the solution starts with fathers playing a more active role in parenting and setting a better example.
SCORPIO: Ace Magashule and new Free State premier’s families score cars, contracts in R300m government programme
A brother and daughter of ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule and the sons of his successor as Free State premier, Sisi Ntombela, are among a group of politically connected contractors who scored big in a government development programme meant to uplift emerging businesspeople in the Free State.
Last week Adv Dali Mpofu threatened to sue me if I did not delete an article critical of him which I had published on my Blog. (The article – like all others on this Blog – are also published on the Daily Maverick site.) I ignored the threat. It may perhaps be of interest to look again at the applicable facts and the law to show why I ignored it.