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The poor are hungry as wrangle rages on

• Bags of maize meal being handed out to members of the public in KwaZulu-Natal. Image: Tebogo Letsie/City Press. By Janine ErasmusFirst published by City Press South Africa is still a country of inequality, and the Covid-19 coronavirus-enforced lockdown has intensified the deep divisions in our society. On one hand, there are people stuck in Read more >

Cele cleared of wrongdoing by court, PP’s report set aside

By Thato Mahlangu The public protector’s 2018 report, which found police minister Bheki Cele to have ‘failed’ to protect two whistle-blowers, was declared invalid by the Gauteng North High Court last Wednesday. Cele had taken the report under judicial review. The court also cleared Cele of wrongdoing when it found that his department is not Read more >

SONA 2020: read the full text of Ramaphosa’s speech

Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Thandi Modise, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Mr Amos Masondo, Deputy President David Mabuza, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and esteemed members of the judiciary, Former President Thabo Mbeki and Mrs Mbeki, Former President Kgalema Motlanthe and Mrs Motlanthe, Former Deputy President FW de Klerk and Mrs De Read more >

Put state capturers in jail, Mr President

Photo by Joyrene Kramer The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation (AKF) and 30 civil society organisations, including Corruption Watch, have written to President Cyril Ramaphosa, asking him to swiftly and decisively punish those from the private and public sectors who are linked to state capture. At a rally held yesterday, 12 February, in Cape Town, the AKF Read more >

President Ramaphosa appoints new Deputy Public Protector

• The nominated deputy public protector Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka. Image: Mail and Guardian. By Thato Mahlangu The Presidency announced on Friday that Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka is the new deputy public protector (DPP). President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement the new DPP, who succeeds Advocate Kevin Malunga, will start on 1 February 2020 and will serve a Read more >

Jiba and Mrwebi will not be returning to NPA

By Thato Mahlangu Two former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) bosses won’t be making a comeback to the state prosecuting agency. Nomgcobo Jiba, who was removed as deputy national director of public prosecutions and Lawrence Mrwebi, the then special director of public prosecutions, will not be reinstated to their old positions. President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended Jiba Read more >

Jiba should accept the court outcome

By Thato Mahlangu Nomgcobo Jiba’s effort to be reinstated as the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa (NPA) deputy national director was halted by the Western Cape High Court on Friday, 18 October 2019. The court dismissed Jiba’s application to be reappointed at the NPA, with costs. Jiba, who was fired on 25 April 2019 Read more >

Revised ministerial handbook outlines perks and provisions

After working off the previous version for 12 years, and promising updates which never materialised, the South African government finally published its revised Guide for Members of the Executive towards the end of June 2019. The previous version was issued during the presidency of Thabo Mbeki in 2007 and as such, was sorely out of Read more >

SONA June 2019: enforcement agencies to be strengthened

On Thursday 20 June President Cyril Ramaphosa promised plans to ensure that public funds looted through corruption are recovered and used for the greater good of providing services and basic infrastructure in poor communities. Speaking at the first State of the Nation address (Sona) after the May elections – the second Sona of the year Read more >