Adriaan Basson: Mr President, intelligence cannot afford another rogue minister

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Fears about State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo weren't unfounded. Six months into the job, she has been accused of issuing illegal interception orders and pushing her own allies to be appointed, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Adriaan Basson: Gupta sanctions a sign that justice is back on track

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The confidence with which the US department of treasury announced sanctions against the Guptas should be a boost for the NPA to bring the brothers and their political enablers to book, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Adriaan Basson: Eben Etzebeth should do the Boks a favour and return home

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Mounting racism and assault allegations against Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth have the potential to derail the national team's march to Rugby World Cup glory, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Adriaan Basson: Mboweni's plan forces ANC to choose for or against SA

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For Tito Mboweni's growth plan to succeed the ANC has to give up certain dogmatic political positions that were formulated during a different time, when 7% growth was the status quo, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Adriaan Basson: A dark week for SA journalism

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Faced with the headwinds of fake news, a shortage of digital advertising and the collapse of editorial integrity at Independent Media, the last thing our media needs are scandals that undermine the standing of senior journalists, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Adriaan Basson: Mokonyane is proof that Ramaphosa cannot unite the ANC and beat corruption

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President Cyril Ramaphosa cannot unite ANC leaders like Nomvula Mokonyane, who denies the existence of corruption, with those who are fighting this scourge, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Adriaan Basson: The DA has a Tshwane problem

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Tshwane is a litmus test for the DA's future. The party cannot be seen to be only opposing corruption and maladministration when it happens in ANC-run governments, writes Adriaan Basson.


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Adriaan Basson: Dead men tell no tales, and Gavin Watson knew a lot

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Like the late mining boss Brett Kebble, Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson takes many secrets with him to the grave, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Adriaan Basson: Connecting the dots of the Zupta fightback

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The actors enabling Jacob Zuma and the Guptas to have their way are desperate to divert attention away from their own sins to whatever mud they can throw at Cyril Ramaphosa, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Adriaan Basson: The cost of Julius Malema's lies

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Let there be no doubt: Julius Malema and the EFF are on an aggressive path to delegitimise anyone who doesn't agree with them or who threatens to expose their hypocrisy or alleged criminality, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Ramaphosa will survive Mkhwebane's machine gun, but he has been wounded

Adriaan Basson 18746 views

In an era of the weaponisation of social media and the proliferation of fake news, Ramaphosa will have to be much smarter going about winning hearts and minds for his new dawn, writes Adriaan Basson.

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The turn of the Godfather: Will Zuma speak, sing or spar?

Adriaan Basson 7281 views

Zuma has never owned up to any mistakes, except when his lawyers forced him to take some blame for the Nkandla scandal to avoid impeachment. Don't expect him to enlighten us on where the loot is stashed, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Why did this man just buy the Sunday Times?

Adriaan Basson 18421 views

Why did Brian Molefe's friend and former colleague at the PIC sell him a house at a steal and how is this connected to the sale of the Sunday Times and its sister publications, asks Adriaan Basson.

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

Adriaan Basson 14833 views

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.

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Ramaphosa pleases, inspires and disappoints

Adriaan Basson 10717 views

It is clear that Ramaphosa tried to rid his executive of most of the Zuma-era ministers who were implicated in state capture, but some of his decisions are flabbergasting, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Ace's ANC vs Cyril's ANC

Adriaan Basson 23859 views

Anyone still claiming that the ANC is united under President Cyril Ramaphosa must please explain he and secretary general Ace Magashule can claim to work towards the same goal in the same organisation, writes Adriaan Basson.

Ramaphosa's one chance

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Cyril Ramaphosa's first major test will be the announcement of a reduced Cabinet. He has said that the executive needs to be trimmed and his supporters will hold him to this promise, writes Adriaan Basson.

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The tall tale of Prasa's R3.5bn locomotives

Adriaan Basson 13838 views

When the ANC took over the country's rail infrastructure, it became a looting ground for cronies and both Prasa and Transnet are now limping along to the graveyard of failed SOEs, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Hope and inspiration in a week of despair

Adriaan Basson 2569 views

These 100 young people, chosen from hundreds more nominations, remind us that the characteristics Mandela embodied; compassion, creativity, leadership, vision and resilience, are still thriving today.

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EFF divorce just the boost Maimane needed

Adriaan Basson 15730 views

Still reeling from the DA's decline in electoral support at national level, the DA is ideally placed to open cooperation talks with the ANC in at least Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Ramaphosa increasingly isolated – a month after his inauguration

Adriaan Basson 16068 views

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.

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The baffling return of Seth Nthai

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Unlike our mere mortals, lawyers are officers of the court who dedicate their lives to upholding the rule of law. Thus for very good reasons, the bar for dealing with rogue lawyers is very high, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Inspire us, Mr President!

Adriaan Basson 4997 views

President Cyril Ramaphosa has a golden opportunity to inspire the nation with his appointment of a Cabinet. He has to replace the same old boring names with new brooms. The country is ready to be surprised, writes Adriaan Basson.

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