New York state tax authorities have opened an investigation into allegations reported in the New York Times that President Donald Trump and his family created their real estate empire through “instances of outright fraud,” evading taxes on hundreds of millions of dollars.
Sunday after Sunday, the investigation unit of the Sunday Times piled mud on Van Loggerenberg, Richer and Pillay. Later, former Finance Minister and SARS commissioner Pravin Gordhan and former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel were also dragged into the mess. None of the articles was true, but it didn’t matter any more. The rogue-label stuck. Moyane was free to use it as pretext to break SARS with impunity.
Following the Dros rape incident, I have found it astonishing that there were still some white people who denied it could be true. It cannot be a white person, said some callers on talk radio shows. Suggesting that rape involving white men is not something that happens. Really? Is this how we undermine the pleas of women in our country?
The government and the Ingonyama Trust talk expropriation and restitution, but dispossession and deaths in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal are ignored. There is a common thread — the people who have been killed opposed moving from land targeted by mining interests. What are the government and the trust hiding?
Parliament Annual Report: Nice work, Mr Mgidlana: The still-suspended Secretary to Parliament gets R56,000 performance bonus for two months on the job
Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana received a R56,000 annual performance bonus for effectively a little more than two months at work. This was in the year he went on special leave before being suspended in November 2017. The performance bonus took Mgidlana’s annual package to R2.889-million as at 31 March 2018, according to Parliament’s 2017/18 annual report. That’s a smidgen more than the R2.825-million annual wage of National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise.
Unresolved investigations into claims of fraud and mismanagement have led to some serious mud-slinging in the department of international relations, and could even bedevil South Africa’s work as it takes up its much-prized two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council in January 2019.
ANALYSIS: ANC Women’s League calls for castration of rapists; the reality is complex and complicated
On Tuesday evening, the ANC Women’s League called on the public to join the group in lobbying for the adoption of chemical castration — ‘or any form of castration’ — as a punishment for convicted rapists. This extreme measure, they suggest, may be the answer to finally addressing South Africa’s high rape rates. But in reality, it can never be the quick-fix solution they imagine.
Wrongful convictions are an uncomfortable fact of life, which in South Africa remains mostly unacknowledged, usually ignored and often denied. The establishment of a South African version of the US National Registry of Exonerations could well be an important step in the right direction.
Governance for Learning (Part 1): What’s a good education bureaucracy worth? The case of the Western Cape
What’s a good education bureaucracy worth? One common explanation for the poor performance of South Africa’s schools is that ‘it’s the bureaucracy’s fault’. Indeed, South Africa’s public bureaucracies get lots of things wrong. But as UCT research explored in depth, a narrow preoccupation with bureaucratic effectiveness may be directing attention away from some especially promising responses to the country’s current challenges – in education, and more broadly.
Once again, Delft on the Cape Flats featured in the SAPS top 10 lists for murder, assault and attempted murder. An unequal distribution of police resources and an increase in population are among a multitude of factors that contribute to the area’s consistent high crime rate.
Both Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were complex personalities, whose character could not be defined at any single moment in time, nor by any single utterance. They both changed a great deal at various points in their lives. They were both open to a range of influences, never being complacent or arrogant about their understandings and willing to change, if necessary.
Samuel Ntshavheni Nndwambi was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 12 years behind bars. Charged in the same case, Marcus Mulaudzi served 10 years of his life sentence. Both men have been freed after the Supreme Court of Appeal found they had been convicted on scant evidence. ‘I don’t think I will be able to forgive the state… I think there is no justice,’ said Mulaudzi. By Aidan Jones
Police Minister Bheki Cele arrived in Westbury, Johannesburg to quell protests in the area and promised a raft of interventions, including the deployment of the amaberete, to address the community’s concerns. And while the immediate interventions were welcomed, residents said what was needed was more long-term solutions.
A Mosotho cleaner has accused a Lesotho policeman of accepting a bribe and complicity in a bizarre case of vigilante justice, in which she was arrested, allegedly beaten and handed over to a South African couple who claimed she had stolen money from them. By Lekhetho Ntsukunyane.
As part of his global 90th birthday celebrations, Disney Africa brought 10 “naked” six-foot carbon fibre Mickeys to Art Eye Gallery in New Doornfontein, Johannesburg, to be re-imagined as artworks with a South African flavour. The collaboration with Art Eye, saw 10 South African artists interpret the Mickeys with their personal stamp, but also to stick to parameters: keeping to the Disney brand ideals of wholesome, family-oriented fun and the birthday theme of Mickey – the True Original.