On Wednesday hundreds of taxi drivers gathered outside Tshwane House to deliver a memorandum of their demand to the MMC for Roads and Transport, Sheila Senkubuge. The strike, which started in the wee hours of the morning, found commuters stranded and traffic backed up around the capital city. By ORATENG LEPODISE.
Police crime intelligence is in a mess, with scores of senior officers unvetted and without the required security clearance amid a bruising tit-for-tat turf battle between crime intelligence and counterintelligence. The State Security Agency (SSA) has been asked to step in to conduct security vetting of senior police officers, who have cocked a snook at the juniors staffing the police’s vetting unit. What emerged before Parliament’s police committee on Wednesday was an SAPS crime intelligence at war with itself, instead of helping to direct the war against crime. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
On the fifth anniversary of the Marikana massacre, thousands of mine workers made their way to the open field of the site where 34 striking miners were killed and hundreds injured within minutes by police. By IHSAAN HAFFEJEE.
The gloves are off between the South African Communist Party and the ANC, which has hit back over “extremely ill-advised and gravely unfortunate” demands by the SACP that “revolutionary discipline” should be applied to President Jacob Zuma instead of to the MPs who voted against him. As usual, though, it’s still too early to sing d-i-v-o-r-c-e. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
Recently, the public has been seized with the capture of state institutions by the Gupta family. What has not received enough attention, though, are the ways in which systemic weaknesses in how the security services are being regulated, have contributed to the problem. While those who are responsible for plundering the public purse must be brought to book, these systemic weaknesses must be addressed, too, otherwise others will simply take their place at the trough. By JANE DUNCAN.
One of the truisms about politics is that it can be a dirty business. Friends are betrayed, backs are knifed, dirt is thrown. In the case of South Africa, where the stakes in the ANC are incredibly high, many among us have been waiting for the dirty war to start, for those involved in this to start throwing whatever mud they may have. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday may have given a demonstration of the best possible way to respond to this kind of attack. And by doing so, he may have revealed exactly how well organised his political team is. By STEPHEN GROOTES
This is the third installment of Open Secrets’ series, Declassified: Apartheid Profits. While researching the recently published book Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit, Open Secrets collected approximately 40,000 archival documents from 25 archives in seven countries. This treasure trove contains damning details of the individuals and corporations that propped up apartheid and profited in return. Many of these documents were kept secret until now. OPEN SECRETS believes that it is vital to allow the public to scrutinise the primary evidence. Here we invite you behind the scenes to look at the documents that informed the book. This week we zoom out and unpack some of the ways that the private sector colluded with the apartheid government to bust sanctions and some of the tools that made this possible.