Jair Bolsonaro swept to power in Brazil’s presidential election Sunday, marking a hard pivot to the right that promises to open up the resource-rich economy to private investment, strengthen ties to the U.S. and unleash an aggressive crackdown on epidemic crime.
STATE CAPTURE, Inc: As Transnet boss Siyabonga Gama fights for his job, a new report reveals why he may have lost it
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama is fighting for his job in a series of high court actions, but a new report by the Public Affairs Research Institute (Pari) shows that he was in charge of the parastatal at the height of its capture.
On Monday morning, just as the day’s first Malusi Gigaba news cycle was ending, the ANC’s Integrity Committee issued a statement. It said that it was recommending to the ANC’s national executive committee that those implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank saga should be “directed to step aside from all leadership positions and activities of the ANC”. It also confirmed that none of those implicated had approached the committee as they had been advised to do by the office of the party’s secretary-general. It is now an obvious test for the ANC, and its supposed “New Dawn”, for this to happen. If these party officials do step down, it could mark a sea change to the way corruption is dealt with in the party.
A new report says the capital expenditure funding gap for the country’s nine largest cities will increase from R18-billion in 2017 to R569-billion over 10 years if they don’t reform their finance models. Unless the gap is closed, sufficient services won’t be delivered and society will suffer.
Vanessa Burger: A message for the SAPS and KwaZulu-Natal ANC: Hands off Bheki Buthelezi and Sizwe Shiba
I have known Bheki Buthelezi and Sizwe Shiba for many years. I have nothing but admiration for all they stand for – respect, dignity and a better life for poor people. They are not killers. They are honest men of integrity who would lay down their lives for their community and for what they believe.
Brazil has had a stormy political ride since the heyday of Lula da Silva. With the economy taking a serious turn for the worse since 2013, the electorate has turned on the corrupt ruling elite and elected a reactionary strongman as president. Here’s what it means.
Will Tito Mboweni change government or will it change him? Can he walk his talk? South African Cabinets are made up of quite dour people: political speak is stultifying and the ratio of slogan to the idea is sadly weighted to the former not the latter. There are some fabulous technocrats in the Cabinet, but on the whole, real maverick iconoclasts are thin on the ground. So, the newly minted Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has proven a fabulous exception.
Communities in the South of Johannesburg marched to the city's regional office on Monday morning demanding better delivery of services. With national government elections ahead, some residents have vowed to withhold their votes in protest against the slow pace of service delivery.
The new Rail Enforcement unit for Cape Town’s embattled train systems has finally been deployed – during two different launches over three days. These officers will seek to keep commuters safe and protect state assets which have seen arson attacks, vandalism and cable theft destroy rail infrastructure totalling R500-million since October 2015.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane has admitted in a newsletter that his statement – that five former DA members who resigned as Cape Town councillors last week were implicated in incriminating forensic reports – was incorrect.