The Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea off Indonesia earlier this week had experienced problems with the sensors used to calculate altitude and speed on its previous flight, an issue that could help explain why the plane dove into the water.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba’s horror week just got even worse on Thursday: his bid to overturn a finding that he had lied under oath ended when the Constitutional Court dismissed his appeal as having “no prospect of success”. A day earlier the public protector told President Cyril Ramaphosa to take appropriate action over ministerial untruths that violated the Constitution and executive ethics law and codes – after the Oppenheimers on Tuesday told MPs the minister had previously lied to them. Against all this the leaked sex tape looks like a long stale piece of cake.
On Thursday evening it was confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa had formally fired Tom Moyane from the position of Commissioner of the SA Revenue Services (SARS). The announcement brought down a curtain on an era in which SARS had gone from being the envy of all the tax-paying world, to the very apotheosis of former President Jacob Zuma’s State Capture. Also important, the way Moyane’s removal has been managed by Ramaphosa has all the hallmarks of his slow moving attrition process that has been so successful in decimating his opponents. So far.
SAPS/SITA capture: Scopa hears how SAPS illegally siphoned off R100m from Criminal Justice System budget
At a late-night Scopa meeting on Wednesday, committee members heard how SAPS top management colluded to “reprioritise” millions from the Criminal Justice System budget to favour Keith Keating’s Forensic Data Analysts bypassing Treasury completely. And this, dear people, is for only one of many contracts under investigation.
In Latin, there is a saying: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? First penned by the Roman poet Juvenal nearly 2,000 years ago, it roughly translates to an all-important question: Who will guard the guardians? In South Africa, now more than ever, this question has become pertinent. Every day it becomes increasingly evident that crime and corruption has penetrated to the heart of our police service.
When it was reported that the Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene had asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to release him, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) All Share index decreased to its lowest levels this year while the rand also weakened. When President Ramaphosa announced that Tito Mboweni was the Minister of Finance, the rand gained 30c. Markets behave in a strange way. They respond to what is happening and very often in an irrational way. Are markets rational? Are they efficient? What do rational and efficient markets mean?
There’s no shortage of small hatchbacks in South Africa — including the best-selling Volkswagen Polo. With new-generation versions of the Polo and its much-fancied Ford Fiesta rival making their debut recently, rivals such as the Peugeot 208 have been feeling the sales heat. But as it turns out, the French runabout is no less capable…
A former senior Goldman Sachs banker in Asia pleaded guilty to U.S. bribery and money laundering charges and his deputy was arrested in Malaysia, as federal prosecutors in Brooklyn laid out conspiracy allegations related to Goldman Sachs’s lucrative fundraising for Malaysian wealth fund 1MDB.
In this second in a 5 part series on the state of education in South Africa six young activists from Equal Education unpack how the education system in South Africa does not provide the black working class with the basic education needed to get ahead in life and how expecting the government to address this is a waste of time.
It has been exactly three months since the #TotalShutdown march, when on 1 August, women took to the streets across the country demanding an end to gender-based violence and an audience with President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings. With just one of their 24 demands met, that being the convening of the Gender-Based Violence Summit, civil society activists questioned if there was enough political will to meet the rest of the 23 demands.
The Constitutional Court ruled unanimously last week that mining and the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) cannot trump the constitutional rights of the 17-million South Africans living in former homeland areas.