Analysis  >  Friday Briefing: The fantastical Carl Niehaus rises again

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA â?? DECEMBER 19: Public Pro


The fantastical Mr Carl Niehaus

During the campaign for the ANC presidency Carl Niehaus was an oddity. The former ANC spokesperson – who seemed to have sunk without trace – threw in his lot with the “radical economic transformation” camp and engineered a comeback to mainstream politics which a couple of years ago seemed highly unlikely, given the series of scandals and cock-ups he was part of. But Carl's back and the former Afrikaner dissident, all dressed up in army fatigues and horn-rimmed glasses, is now playing a central role in the office of Ace Magashule, the ANC's divisive secretary-general.

News24 investigative reporter Sarah Evans talks to Niehaus and looks at his role at ANC HQ. Evans' colleague, Kyle Cowan, considers the increasingly political role of the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and unearths some new detail about her appointment. Yours truly maps the political environment ahead of next week's State of the Nation Address, which seems to be changing daily. 

Happy reading!

Pieter du Toit 

Assistant editor in-depth news

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA â?? DECEMBER 19: Public Pro


Carl Niehaus rises again

Sarah Evans

It's tempting to describe the latest addition to the ANC secretary general's office as a phoenix rising from the ashes. Nothing – not fraud, public meltdowns, or political irrelevancy – can keep Carl Niehaus down. He is back, having started work at Luthuli House in January. The problem with the phoenix description, however, is that he hasn't really risen very far at all. And he hasn't really risen on his own, either: it is the ANC that has come to his rescue every time, like the over-indulgent parents of an errant child.

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Pieter du Toit

This briefing note covers the period June 14 tot 21, 2019 and analyses the political risk environment in South Africa ahead of the state of the nation address on June 20, 2019. Please note this document is meant only for subscribers to News24's Friday Briefing. The analyses contained in the briefing note is based on News24's investigations, reportage and analysis over the past week.

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA â?? DECEMBER 19: Public Pro



Mkhwebane: Tool, spy or ordained protector?

Kyle Cowan

Under the stewardship of Ace Magashule the ANC as majority party wants to expand the SARB's mandate to include aspects such as economic growth and the eradication of unemployment. Adoption of Magashule's suggestion will take South Africa back to the bad old 1980s of the previous century. In the 1980s, the SARB was subservient to the governing National Party.

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