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Sunshine is the best antiseptic – NDPP interviews an inquiry into NPA capture

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Over three days of gruelling interviews of candidates to run the prosecuting authority this week, the process seemed more like an inquiry into the state of the NPA than an interview for a director, writes Mandy Wiener.

Steinheist: The 'buying group' swindle

2018-11-18 06:00

Perhaps the most audacious swindle that Markus Jooste pulled off was convincing his directors that he was part of a massive "buying group" that swung rebates for the company, writes Rob Rose.

The DA dilemma: Looking two ways at once

2018-11-18 06:00

Every time the DA calls for the ANC to be brought under the 50% mark, it probably terrifies more of the party's traditional supporters than advances the party in new constituencies, writes Tony Leon.

State capture: Who will go to jail first?

2018-11-16 06:00

The country is waiting with bated breath for a new prosecutions chief to indict the state capturers. Why is it up to one person to force the NPA to do what they are constitutionally obliged to do, asks Adriaan Basson.

Why the NPA must act now on revelations to Zondo commission

2018-11-16 06:00

Instituting a series of prosecutions sooner rather than later will deal a powerful blow to impunity, signalling that nobody is above the law, writes Penelope Andrews.

 
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Jump or be pushed: The wave of the new dawn

2018-11-18 06:00

Ministers resigning of their own accord in the name of preserving the new dawn is a positive affirmation of what Ramaphosa is working hard to instil in government and in the ANC, writes Calvin Motlau.

Why changing the Constitution won't solve the land problem

2018-11-15 13:05

There is a big problem with the government’s thinking behind land reform. It’s rooted in a Western, colonial mindset that’s totally out of step with how many would-be beneficiaries understand land, writes Simon Hull.

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Nene, Gigaba's departure puts public morality back into political leadership

2018-11-15 09:20

Under Jacob Zuma political power wasn't real unless stripped of its moral component. The resignation of Malusi Gigaba and Nhlanhla Nene could signal a departure from that era, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

On the 'One settler, one bullet' incident at UCT

2018-11-15 06:00

The Mlandu incident perhaps, if read closely, reveals to us whose libidinal economy matters in this country; whose feelings of pain and pleasure matter, writes Mcebo Dlamini.

From Trump to Mboweni, it's hands off the media!

2018-11-14 08:23

Politicians need to make peace with the fact that journalists cannot and must not report only about the good and nice side of politicians and politics, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Hogan shows Zuma, ANC ran government like a mafia ring

2018-11-12 20:18

Barbara Hogan's testimony on Monday at the Zondo commission skewered former president Jacob Zuma and put the ANC firmly at the centre of the state capture project (again), writes Pieter du Toit.

Aug San Suu Kyi betrayed the values she once stood for

2018-11-13 08:57

Aung San Suu Kyi's administration has failed to repeal repressive laws – including some of the same laws which were used to detain her and others campaigning for democracy and human rights, writes Shenilla Mohamed.

Inside the Jet Airways deal

2018-11-12 11:06

Enemy of the People is the first definitive account of Zuma’s catastrophic misrule, offering eyewitness descriptions and cogent analysis of how South Africa was brought to its knees – and how a people fought back.

Voters will have to look to Ramaphosa as brand ANC suffers

2018-11-12 08:54

Cyril Ramaphosa's presidency shows that we might as well shift towards the presidential system in the country because the current electoral system is not working, even for the ANC, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Disregarding 99.9% of land submissions likely to trigger judicial review

2018-11-11 09:50

The Joint Constitutional Review Committee is planning to disregard more than 99.9% of the written submissions sent in to it on the issue of land expropriation without compensation, writes Anthea Jeffery.

The good, the bad and the ugly of the NDPP shortlist

2018-11-11 07:02

A panel assisting President Cyril Ramaphosa with appointing a new National Director of Public Prosecutions has published a shortlist of candidates. Mandy Wiener takes a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the shortlist.

The EFF and the battle of the pragmatists vs the populists

2018-11-09 06:00

There are two types of politicians or political parties – the pragmatic and the fanatics. The pragmatic politicians develop policies that can bring about long-term solutions to national problems, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Commissions of inquiry galore: What good can they do?

2018-11-08 19:39

South Africans might be forgiven for expecting two key commissions of inquiry currently underway to change the country. Some of these expectations are unrealistic, as a look at the commissions’ functions and powers show, writes Cathleen Powell.

World's 'most wanted' expose SA as safe haven for criminals

2018-11-08 10:20

There is a reason that many of the world's most wanted criminals seek refuge in South Africa, adopting pseudonyms and living comfortable lives without popping onto local authorities' radar, writes Mandy Wiener.

NDPP panel committed to find a unicorn

2018-11-15 07:42

The panel that has been meeting at the Union Buildings to interview candidates for the position of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) is looking for a unicorn, writes Mandy Wiener.

Turn yourself in to the Zondo commission and come clean, Mr President

2018-11-15 05:00

Please, Mr President, do the right thing by your country. Volunteer your testimony before the commission without being summoned. Turn yourself in and come clean, writes Mmusi Maimane.

Hogan's evidence a siren call to Zuma

2018-11-14 09:20

The most disturbing revelation of Barbara Hogan's testimony during her second day at the Zondo commission must have been how Jacob Zuma blatantly interfered in the operations of Eskom, writes Pieter du Toit.

Excelsior! Stan Lee's death reminds us we need his superheroes more than ever

2018-11-14 06:00

What Stan Lee's death most leads us to reflect upon is how desperate we are in this day and age for saviours, for heroes to come to the rescue and for good to triumph over evil, writes Mandy Wiener.

Only unpopular decisions will lead SA out of Zuma ruins

2018-11-13 08:28

Unemployment and inequality feed populism and ethnic nationalism, but instant solutions and socialist dreams can only make it worse in the longer term, writes Max du Preez.

IRP 2018: Too little, too slowly for energy transition?

2018-11-13 14:28

There are still strategic concerns around the proposed IRP 2018, write Prabhat Upadhyaya & Louise Scholtz of WWF South Africa.

The resurrection of Winnie Mandela: 'You have always been a leader, and a brave sort of woman'

2018-11-12 09:26

You are a banned person and so you cannot stay in the city past a certain hour. Even if your husband has just been sentenced to life in prison, the petty rules are the petty rules.

Crisis proofing South Africa's water security

2018-11-11 19:00

South Africa can’t change the climate systems that influence weather variability and conditions. But it can do a lot to adapt to changing conditions, writes Kevin Winter.

Mondli Makhanya: Zuma, this be treason

2018-11-11 13:00

The bottom line is that for 10 years we had a president who hated South Africa and its citizens, writes Mondli Makhanya.

White people failed the Truth Commission - Peter Storey

2018-11-11 06:13

White people must also be careful to think the past is over and done with, says Peter Storey. He warns that the longer they stand back instead of getting involved, the sharper the cries of black people calling for the fall for historical injustice will become.

Reward or punishment for the EFF in 2019?

2018-11-09 06:00

The 2019 election will be a referendum on the EFF's policy of radicalism. Will the electorate reward of punish them for their militant style, asks Pieter du Toit.

Mamphela Ramphele misinformed about Cape Town water plans

2018-11-09 11:58

The key to Cape Town’s water resilience will lie in the diversification of water resources, thereby making Cape Town less dependent on rainfall as the primary source of potable water, writes Ian Neilson.

Gigaba – towards the end game?

2018-11-08 12:44

Embattled Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has gone from positioning himself as a victim of circumstance, to issuing threats and even defiantly refusing to step down from his position, amidst growing calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire him.

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