Best of opinions: Zille's suspension meaningless

2017-06-05 16:29

Given that Helen Zille remains in the position of Western Cape premier, any other form of sanctioning would be meaningless to her – because she gets to continue doing what she’s been doing all along. If Mmusi Maimane thought Zille’s tweets and defences thereof were as offensive and ahistoric as he claims they are, his sanctioning efforts would have been directed towards removing her as the premier of the Western Cape.

Suspending her from her organisational position means nothing for her ability to continue being a public representative. She may as well have been suspended as the captain of the Rondebosch book club, writes Oliver Dickson.

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No more 'business as usual' after leaked emails

The ongoing release of the Gupta emails in the media has got us in a situation where the issue of state capture is more urgent than ever before.

With the emails now out in the public, each and every decision by government will be viewed with suspicion until a full inquiry into state capture is undertaken, writes Ralph Mathekga.

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Who runs South Africa?

leaking of e-mail correspondents between members of the Gupta family and some Cabinet ministers, board members and CEOs of State Owned Enterprises has once again shined the spotlight on the state of our democracy. The question of who runs South Africa and state capture is one which can no longer be confined to the realm of academic discourse only. It is a matter that must arouse the concerns of all the people of South Africa in the interests of preserving and protecting our hard won democracy, writes Thami Ntenteni.

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