Mandy Wiener

Mandy Wiener: Pride, praise and gratitude for Ramaphosa - but daily updates please

2020-03-24 06:00

It would be a good idea for government to let us hear from the scientists and not the politicians. We need to hear from those experts - the epidemiologists and doctors that are advising the politicians, writes Mandy Wiener.

Mandy Wiener | Hit on a Hawk crosses a line in the fight against crime

2020-03-18 07:00

Bruwer had testified in court in White River that both he and the prosecutor on the case feared for their lives on a daily basis. It is almost impossible to measure the cost and loss of an individual like Lt. Col. Bruwer in the fight against crime, writes Mandy Wiener.

Mandy Wiener: Amnesty for corruption? It would look like we've given up

2020-03-10 06:00

The proposal is enormously controversial and seemingly being shot down by the public and correctly so, but often when such radical ideas are given time to marinate, they become more palatable, writes Mandy Wiener.

Mandy Wiener: Don’t be like The Flash this SONA, Mr President

2020-02-11 05:49

The impression that he is indecisive seems to be in direct contrast to a recently released Ipsos survey which shows that Ramaphosa is still very popular as a leader, writes Mandy Wiener.

 

 

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Mandy Wiener | Coronavirus: Now is the time to be kind, be an active citizen and remember your humanity

2020-03-17 06:00

This is a shared responsibility for all of us. In South Africa, we have a long and strong history of an active civic society. This was at its most robust during the state capture period when organisations stepped into the breach when the country’s leadership failed us, writes Mandy Wiener.

Mandy Wiener: Guard against xenophobia and coronavirus

2020-03-03 06:01

In the face of a threat such as these, people tend to stick to their own and distance themselves from the unknown. It's almost apocalyptical, writes Mandy Wiener.

Mandy Wiener: A country waiting for Ramaphosa - SONA was a reflection of real state of the nation

2020-02-18 05:41

They're so busy trying to keep the unions on-side, keep business confident and not tip the other half of the ANC off the edge, that leading the country is a precarious balancing act, writes Mandy Wiener.

Mandy Wiener: Bathohi’s first year could have been better, but it's not bad

2020-02-04 08:00

A large part of Batohi’s job has been about winning over the public and restoring confidence in the organisation. It is about the optics. Her media strategy has been questionable, creating the impression that she is overwhelmed, writes Mandy Wiener.

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Mandy Wiener | 2020: The year of prosecutions? You betcha!

2020-01-02 10:29

There is only so much the executive can do to assure citizens and prospective investors that there is change and that there is no room for the corrupt and crooked. An effective, efficient and independent NPA bringing the high profile state capture accused to book, will have a massive effect on public sentiment, writes Mandy Wiener.

Mandy Wiener: We should have learnt from Nicholson but CSA has let it happen again

2019-12-05 17:33

Public sentiment is once again firmly against the suits running the game and a diabolical media approach has entrenched that feeling. Five journalists had their accreditation revoked at the Mzansi Super Leagues games in Cape Town and Joburg last weekend. Sponsors are unhappy and independent directors are resigning, writes Mandy Wiener.

Mandy Wiener: 'Bail out' NPA, Hawks instead of SABC, SAA

2019-10-09 05:00

Treasury's money would be best spent, in the eyes of the public at least, on paying for top class, competent, qualified investigators and prosecutors to go after the crooked and corrupt, writes Mandy Wiener.

Beyond the green shoots...don't ignore the red flags

2019-08-11 07:59

South Africa is in a dire state, says Mandy Wiener. President Cyril Ramaphosa and those in his inner circle can’t be oblivious to these red flags dominating the desolate landscape of the country at the moment. What we need now more than ever is strong leadership, beyond dreams of fast trains and hi-tech smart cities.

The Proteas should take a leaf out of President Ramaphosa's book

2019-06-26 05:00

The Proteas' apparent lackadaisical approach to the World Cup and Faf du Plessis's view of life carrying on afterwards have been disappointing. They should take a leaf out of President Ramaphosa's book, writes Mandy Wiener.

With great (social media) power, comes great responsibility

2019-06-05 12:02

Tweeters like Panyaza Lesufi and journalists such as myself need to be extra careful about how we wield the superpower of social influence, writes Mandy Wiener.

Mandy Wiener: 2019 the year of restoring justice?

2019-12-19 11:04

Sources within both organisations say relations are poor, undermined by distrust and a fight for control of cases. To a degree, this is hampering investigations into complex commercial crimes but overall, insiders say things are happening and the wheels are turning. Action is happening, writes Mandy Wiener.

Mandy Wiener | Lessons from the World Cup for my 5-year-old and President Ramaphosa

2019-11-05 13:12

Mandy Wiener says that watching the Springbok victory at the Rugby World Cup with her 5-year-old son provided many lessons, not just for herself and her child, but for all of us, and President Cyril Ramaphosa in particular.

Mandy Wiener: Hewitt parole fiasco demonstrates how the system fails victims

2019-09-16 09:00

While the government and the president have been at pains to show that they care about gender based violence, they have failed to demonstrate that the system works for targets of rape and sexual assault, writes Mandy Wiener.

Mandy Wiener: Gavin Watson's death – Brett Kebble 2.0?

2019-08-27 06:17

There are obvious similarities between the deaths of Gavin Watson and Brett Kebble. But there is no hard evidence to suggest that there was foul play involved in Watson's accident, writes Mandy Wiener.

A state in depression? Finding the green shoots in SA

2019-08-02 05:00

South Africa is in a depressed state. The outlook is grim and questions about the current climate are rich with cynicism and doubt. But there is hope yet, writes Mandy Wiener.

Mystical bewitchings or political conspiracies? Why are so many politicians being 'poisoned'?

2019-06-13 11:36

Whether politicians are referring to scientific poisoning or mystical bewitchings, we deserve to know more about allegations of poisoning including who was responsible and the motive for their actions, writes Mandy Wiener.

Whether you believe Arthur Fraser or Sydney Mufamadi, 'The Farm' is a mess

2019-05-17 14:08

The country's intelligence agencies have been grossly abused and manipulated. The end result is that we cannot trust that our state security is acting with objectivity and integrity, writes Mandy Wiener.

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