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Public Protector in the path of a perfect storm brewing in Parliament

2019-06-25 07:23

Mkhwebane's decisions to probe Ramaphosa campaign donations will fuel calls for an inquiry into her fitness to hold office. Such an inquiry would have to be undertaken by a parliamentary committee, writes Ralph Mathekga.

EXTRACT | The Enforcers: 'Responsible for the life of a person, I will do whatever is necessary'

2019-06-25 07:25

In Cape Town, on 30 July, a 30-year-old woman and her boyfriend were shot in Manenberg. The boyfriend was killed outright; the woman was taken to hospital with a bullet in her neck where she later died. Or so it seemed.

Ramaphosa's loss for words may be a good thing

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Ramaphosa's February SONA outlined crucial plans of action over the course of the year and presumably after he had secured a mandate. This could be why he felt no need to add detail to last week's SONA, writes Shingai Mutizwa-Mangiza.

Why I choose to dream with President Ramaphosa

2019-06-25 05:00

The president cannot wave a magic wand. We need to re-dream ourselves out of the tolerance of poverty and inequality that undermines the human dignity of so many, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

It's not the willing seller, but the corrupt buyer sabotaging land reform

2019-06-24 09:29

The ANC finds itself in the position where much of what it wanted to cover up by blaming the willing seller principle, and calling for expropriation without compensation, has already been exposed, writes Theo de Jager.

The downfall of Zandile Gumede

2019-06-23 07:48

Zandile Gumede has temporarily lost the top spot for one of the ANC's biggest metros. But the City of Durban can expect the embattled mayor and her cronies to put up quite a fight before they are fully rid of her autocratic rule.

 
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ANALYSIS: African gay bashing 'a colonial import'

2019-06-25 07:00

Some decry Botswana's enlightened High Court judgment on gay sex. But studies show that homosexuality existed – and was tolerated – across pre-colonial Africa.

SA's foreign policy must prioritise US, Europe and China over Africa

2019-06-24 16:07

The US, Europe and China must come first when it comes to the pursuit of alliances around the globe. Other regions such as Africa, Russia and Latin America can come second for now, writes Phumlani Majozi.

Ramaphosa increasingly isolated – a month after his inauguration

2019-06-24 07:24

If the Public Protector's suspicions of criminality turn out to be true, Ramaphosa should be recalled and charged. If she wrongly accused the president of money-laundering, she should be out of a job, writes Adriaan Basson.

The US reaffirms its unwavering commitment to Africa and South Africa

2019-06-23 07:00

The US has and will continue to invest in people and build partnerships that promote better health, jobs, skills, education, opportunity, and security, writes Tibor Nagy.

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Too many key institutions are not rising to the challenge

2019-06-21 15:00

Parliament's failure during the Zuma years made a mockery of a constitutional model in which the legislature was supposed to hold the executive accountable. It meant the courts became the only mechanism to do this, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

Zindzi Mandela is no victim. She can and should do better

2019-06-21 06:00

Zindzi Mandela's tweets are not only prejudicial against sections of the population but are also tantamount to the repudiation of important tenets of the Constitution and against the grain of the Freedom Charter, writes Mavuso Msimang.

Zindzi Mandela taught us all a lesson

2019-06-21 05:00

Two decades into supposed freedom, white people still believe that our struggle heroes owe the narrative of their legacies to their shallow opinions and not actual emancipation of black people, writes Naledi Chirwa.

FULL TEXT: 'We are committed to building an ethical state,' says President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2019 SONA speech

2019-06-20 20:23

"We are committed to building an ethical state," said President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address as he revealed his administration would focus on seven priorities, including education and economic transformation. Read the full speech.

Mr President, we need a clear and determined statement of intent

2019-06-20 07:28

South Africans are weary of speeches and platitudes and having to read between the lines. President Ramaphosa must deliver determined a statement of intent tonight. And then he must make it happen, writes Pieter du Toit.

Only a prestigious Parliament can beat SA's many crises

2019-06-20 10:55

Unemployment, corruption, poor service delivery, poverty and many other national crises must be confronted by a prestigious Parliament, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Let's protect the Public Protector

2019-06-19 14:49

The tentacles of poverty run far, wide and deep in our nation. Litigation is prohibitively expensive and therefore not an easily exercisable constitutional option for an average citizen, writes Floyd Shivambu.

Unless it leans leftwards, the centre won't hold

2019-06-19 07:01

Whatever our genuine left, right and centre debates might be, it's imperative that we unite, across party political affiliation, to isolate this public resource-thieving, rule of law-undermining threat we face, writes Jeremy Cronin.

Early childhood education – barometer of a failing system?

2019-06-18 19:00

Until our education system shatters the misconceptions about Grade R that stubbornly prevail and effectively resource and deliver quality Grade R education, our school system will continue to hobble learners from the outset of formal schooling, write Cally Kuhne and Ayesha Fakie.

Can Ramaphosa's SONA say what everyone wants it to say?

2019-06-18 09:10

The president will use the SONA to drive the message that he is in charge and will not allow experimentation with the SARB. This may help in the short term but won't solve his problems with the ANC, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Bathabile Dlamini fails women of SA one last time

2019-06-16 11:02

At no point this week did Bathabile Dlamini seem to take responsibility for anything, besides insisting she was not a drunkard, while on the job. She almost seems unaware of the Constitutional Court's findings against her, writes Tshidi Madia.

A challenge to the youth to be dauntless in the face of SA's problems

2019-06-16 07:00

We have the opportunity to serve one another, learn from those around us, keep our government accountable and work not for our own gain but for a better future for those who will come after us, writes Carli van Wyk.

No country for young people

2019-06-16 07:00

Companies are the most sustainable projects for creating mass employment, and the only way to help them prosper is to foster a climate in which entrepreneurs are willing to take risks in anticipation of reasonable rewards, writes Ann Bernstein.

Political risk analysis: Major shifts and key players

2019-06-14 06:00

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.

Reconciliation as we knew it is overworked

2019-06-21 06:00

Reconciliation as we knew it then (mid-nineties) is overworked. The challenge now remains – how do opposing groups dialogue and overcome the structural divides, writes Leon Wessels.

Focus on Grade R, not free higher education

2019-06-21 15:56

How are we going to prepare our young people for the jobs of the future when we are STILL battling with basics? Why are we still here?

SONA #2: 5 things to look out for in Ramaphosa's address

2019-06-20 13:02

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his second SONA in 2019 and his third major statement of intent since the ouster of Jacob Zuma as head of state. This is what we will be looking out for when he delivers his speech.

ANALYSIS | Parliamentary musical chairs: Ace denies he had a list, but here's who made it in

2019-06-20 05:00

While ANC secretary general Ace Magashule holds fast that there was no "SG's list" for the chairpersons of Parliament's committees, several ANC MPs sympathetic to former president Jacob Zuma will fill some of these positions. Most of them have a chequered past.

We could've given Zindzi Mandela a break

2019-06-19 19:00

Whereas I believe that the uncomfortable subject of land reform needs to be had, Zindzi Mandela's approach moved the country further and not closer to being able to address it, writes Howard Feldman.

Ambassador Mandela's chauvinism makes South Africa look tacky

2019-06-19 10:46

The ambassador's behaviour is the sort of thing that helps South Africa's decline in stature along. It denotes a country racked by its own small-minded parochialism, increasingly no longer a "serious" country, writes Terence Corrigan.

Justice denied to many through delayed forensic reports

2019-06-19 05:00

There are numerous reports over the last decade about the parlous state of our forensic services including inadequate substandard toxicology laboratories. Yet, government does nothing, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Condolences to the families of 15 murdered South Africans who did not get a message from Ramaphosa

2019-06-18 06:59

Surely the Presidency has the capacity to collate the names of all those murdered from the police and issue collective condolences on a weekly basis, writes Adriaan Basson.

Tshwane impasse over GladAfrica shows up weaknesses in coalition politics

2019-06-15 17:37

The most recent investigation into the GladAfrica contract is being handled in-house, as the DA can’t count on the EFF’s support if it wants to take another run at suspending the city manager.

Why we need a 'thuma mina' trains signalling project team to fix deadly railway network failures

2019-06-16 10:00

For thuma mina to be taken seriously, it has to be broken into to manageable thuma mina projects with clear objectives, responsibilities, timelines and budgets, and managed by competent people, writes Phumlani Moholi.

SABC 8: By 2016, the capture of the SABC newsroom was almost complete...

2019-06-16 07:00

By the beginning of 2016, the capture of the SABC newsroom was almost complete. After years of scheming and conniving, the pawns were in place and the August local government elections were looming.

SA's youth are fed-up and taking the fight into their own hands

2019-06-15 07:00

Yet another election campaign has been waged with the youth being voiceless. Yet another wasted opportunity to genuinely engage on the issue of youth unemployment, writes Ari Goldberg.

INSIDE LABOUR: Thuma Mina (send me) - to Geneva?

2019-06-14 05:00

Please explain an all-expenses-paid jolly in Geneva for the centennial celebrations of the International Labour Organisation, says Terry Bell.

Mkhwebane: Tool, spy or ordained protector?

2019-06-14 06:00

When then president Jacob Zuma heard Busisiwe Mkhwebane had been nominated for Public Protector, he leapt to his feet, and effectively exclaimed "No, then we have a candidate" and declared the process complete. If anyone in the room was taken aback by Zuma's reaction, they did not show it.

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