Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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An important measure to prevent voting fraud appeared to fail in the last election, and the Electoral Commission won't give us details.
Unlike those who can afford to donate money, cars, expensive alcohol and braai packs in exchange for access to political party and government officials, the average South African's influence is limited to the elections, writes Lelethu Masangwana.
The DA says it is concerned that Deputy Finance Minister Sfiso Buthelezi could have the power to "conceal and bury damning findings" against him from the period when he was Prasa chair.
Eskom chairperson Baldwin Ngubane says the investigation by Dentons into the state of the business is not useless.
Government departments are failing to adhere to the Promotion of Access to Information Act, Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela says.
If there are donors who can secretly curry favour with political leaders or parties through donating amounts of less or more than R100 000, the right to make informed political choices for the vast majority of the electorate is undermined.
Political parties will have to disclose their funders every quarter if a new bill becomes law in its current form.
Eskom chairperson Baldwin Ngubane said the power utility did not keep the Dentons report away from the public to hide information.
Eighty one percent of local government structures are not complying with the Promotion of Access to Information Act, according to an SA Human Rights Commission report tabled in Parliament.
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