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.
Two weeks ago, the police arrested University of Western Cape professor Sean Davison on a charge of murder. He was arrested for allegedly assisting Anrich Burger to die. Burger was left a quadriplegic after an accident in 2005. A 2016 Supreme Court of Appeal judgment raised questions about whether it will always be a criminal offence to assist another person to end his or her life. But the judgement is vague and unsatisfactory. It is therefore imperative that courts either develop the common law to allow for assisted dying, or that Parliament pass legislation to do so.
As skeletons continue to be revealed in the State Capture inquiry, even the sceptics have come to accept that it was not just ordinary corruption. It was a partial takeover of the state, with the Cabinet deployed and controlled by the Guptas via President Jacob Zuma, and with ANC members of Parliament taking orders from Zuma instead of holding him accountable to the Constitution.
For nearly 16 years we’ve watched the DA in action both as a party in regional government and as a party needing to speak to South Africans across the entire spectrum. And the internal difference in those two abilities is so great that it remains possibly the party’s greatest challenge.
By their very nature, modern technologies are both disruptive and advantageous. One major complaint about technological breakthroughs in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is that they invade private privacy. Fourth Industrial Revolution systems like artificial intelligence are also accused of replacing human labour and the human mind. Are these accusations justified and what lessons can South Africa learn from countries like China and America on better ways of managing the Fourth Industrial Revolution and AI/IR?
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene gave unprecedented insight into Zuma’s final days of desperate plunder. Over five hours on Wednesday, Nene became the first Cabinet member to lay bare his experience of State Capture, the form of high corruption being probed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo in a judicial commission of inquiry sitting in Johannesburg in a building adjacent to the Constitutional Court.
ANALYSIS: The cost of pushing back against State Capture – careers ruined, lives uprooted, finances depleted
News this week that the State will pick up former SARS commissioner Tom Moyane’s legal costs in his aborted defamation suit against former spokesperson Adrian Lackay begs the question of what to do about the lengthy list of officials illegally hounded out of their jobs – in the DPCI and SARS to name just two – and who had to defend themselves, their careers and their livelihoods, out of their own pockets?
ANALYSIS: Turning Parliament into just another secure government installation betrays SA’s democracy
Parliament senior manager Lennox Garane’s recent suicide after 18 months of workplace bullying is being (mis)used by the SAPS to ratchet up security to unprecedented levels in a show of kragdadigheid. And the People’s Parliament, where public access is a constitutional imperative, is being reduced to just another government installation.
A GT car in the classic sense is a stylish blend of desirability and long-distance driving enjoyment, with practicality being a distant consideration. With the 6 Series GT, BMW is attempting to rewrite that definition. But is it compromising on the attributes embedded in the vehicle type’s DNA?
Progressive cities across the world do retain ownership and trade bulk rights in order to capture and redistribute the value of land for the benefit of all residents – but it would seem this is not supported by the current policy and legislative framework.
The expropriation of land without compensation is dominating debate on land reform, but speakers at a conference on land reform on Wednesday said there are deeper and more imperative challenges to tackle to ensure South Africans access to land.
South Africa’s favourite YouTubers, Sibu Mpanza, Okay Wasabi, the MicroWave Boys and Pap Culture visited Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg on a first-of-its-kind national tour during September . The launch of a new data-friendly version of YouTube, YouTube Go, was featured as part of the tour.
While a 50% increase in Nyanga murder rate is still too high, it is lower than in other areas such as Bishop Lavis, Ravensmead and Delft, where the numbers have doubled. It would seem that interventions in Nyanga have thus had an effect, but that intervention now needs to happen in other areas.
#TotalShutdown against gangsterism: If it takes me until I die, I will seek justice for my son – anguished Cape Flats mothers
Battle fatigued mothers and children affected by gangsterism and crime took to the streets of Cape Town on Wednesday, pleading with national and provincial governments to step up efforts to end the cycle of violence that torments communities on the Cape Flats.
Following its promulgation, the National Water Act was celebrated as one of the most progressive and visionary pieces of water legislation worldwide. But there was a sobering reminder last week of just how challenging the Act has been to implement. It came in the form of a hearing convened by the South African Human Rights Commission as part of an inquiry into whether human rights have been violated by the ongoing daily spillage of millions of litres of raw sewage into the Vaal River.
South Africa’s Promotion of Access to Information Act is supposed to give citizens access to information from public and private bodies in the country. In practice, though, there seems to be an underlying intention to manipulate PAIA provisions in a bid to undermine its application.
Days of Zondo: Nene state capture testimony reveals web of deceit and lies wound around Treasury and officials
In 2015 when the attack on the South African Revenue Service was in full swing, an intelligence dossier, designed to smear officials at National Treasury, emerged showing that this key institution of government was next on the hit list.
The embattled local arm of audit giant KPMG announced on Wednesday that its CEO, Nhlamulo Dlomu, is being redeployed. Dlomu had been in the role only since September 2017, and KPMG’s statement on the matter seemed to suggest that her leadership tenure had not done enough to restore trust in a firm battered by its involvement in State Capture scandals.
Days of Zondo: Zuma, Mahlobo, Joemat-Petterssson, Nkoana-Mashabane strong-armed Nene into signing secret Russian nuclear deal
In 2015, prior to his one-on-one meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, former president Jacob Zuma had placed pressure on the minister of finance Nhlanhla Nene to finalise the financial aspects of an apparent secret nuclear deal that would have had profound material consequences for South Africa for decades to come. Then minister of energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson, as well as a few other Cabinet ministers, did not seem to have any doubts, however.