Best of City Press: Justice against Zuma 'unlikely', R200m in taxpayers' money wasted and Baleka rejects Zuma claims

2017-10-16 06:54
President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

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Cape Town – City Press headlines this week explored what repercussions, if any, President Jacob Zuma faces in the "spy tapes" saga, how R200m was wasted through bungled tender processes and Baleka Mbete rejecting claims she protects Zuma.

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Justice against Zuma in 'spy tapes' saga 'highly unlikely' - sources

Prosecuting President Jacob Zuma will be an uphill battle that is "highly unlikely" to be won – even after a process that will take "at least four years".

Highly placed sources within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and security cluster told City Press on Friday that huge pitfalls in the way of a successful prosecution include the fact that the top prosecutor initially involved in the case, Advocate Billy Downer, will no longer be able to participate.

Another crucial fact is that Zuma's convicted former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, has already indicated that he would testify in support of Zuma, not against him.

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R200m in taxpayers' money down the drain

Thanks to a bungled tender process, water pipes that cost South Africans more than R200m are now unusable after having being left to rot on the side of a road since 2010.

The steel pipes, which have a cement mortar lining, were supposed to channel water from the Nandoni Dam outside Thohoyandou, to Nsami Dam in Giyani, Limpopo.

This would have allowed residents of Giyani and about 90 surrounding villages access to fresh water.

But the Mopani District Municipality was forced to leave the pipes on the side of the R524 between Thohoyandou and Giyani.

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Baleka Mbete not a 'Zuma person'

Presidential hopeful and ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete has come out swinging against claims that she is a "Zuma person", saying that the claims are unfounded and unfair.

"I want to place it on record that I am neither owned nor controlled by anyone.

"My approach has always been to consult politically and legally and balance any decision-making process with the political mandate and ultimately decide in the best interest of the majority in our country," Mbete said.

"I regret that there could be people out there with perceptions that I am willing to go down with anyone."

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OPINION: Why are whites missing from the DA’s marches?

"Baphi Abelungu?, translated as "Where are the whites?", was a question that was raised by eNCA award-winning journalist Karyn Maughan on Twitter, following our march to the Guptas' residence in Saxonwold on October 5.

This is a common question that follows most of our marches, but it had never hit me as much as it did this time around, and it had nothing to do with the fact that it was raining or that Maughan had asked it on Twitter. It finally dawned on me that I have been avoiding responding to it, both as a South African and a leader in the DA, for it carries a deeper message.

As with many questions of this nature, one is always tempted to go on the defensive and, in this case, try to justify why there were very few whites at the march. One could even try to look through the gallery of photos from the event to see if there were some white people in attendance, and send them to Twitter as a way of answering. But that would be running from the question and trying to spin it away. This time around, I chose to give a proper response.

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Side Entry: World Cup bid an opportunity to fix mistakes of the past

Simnikiwe Xabanisa waxes lyrical on the Rugby World Cup. 

Thanks to doing a commemorative story about this Friday being 10 years since the Springboks won the 2007 Rugby World Cup, this week has been something of a trip down memory lane.

Having spent seven weeks in France covering that tournament, a typical rugby hack’s memories flooded back.

There were the media drinks with the Bok team management before the semifinal against Argentina; my tempting fate by asking Bok captain John Smit to list five things which contributed to their winning the World Cup before the final; and mock scrumming down with a tipsy Os du Randt in the Bok’s team room at 04:00 after they’d won the tournament.

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