ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

The civil war of the ANC

It ended with an ingenious threat to members of his party’s national executive committee: “I have been quiet because I don’t want to harm the ANC, so continue attacking me in the media and you will see.” These were the audacious words of Jacob Zuma at the close of this weekend’s NEC meeting, that saw the President effortlessly survive another motion of no confidence. This was a cautionary warning to his detractors; back off. I’m not going anywhere. The faction wars within the ANC have been brewing for months and are…

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South Africa 

Gupta e-mail leaks expose Zuma and Gupta complicity in state capture

In their Sunday exclusive, City Press and the Sunday Times have exposed Zuma and his complicity with the Guptas of their abuse of state institutions after the paper received leaked Gupta emails. The emails, that were obtained by national weekly newspapers reveal how the Guptas spoiled Ministers and others with hotel accommodation and luxury travel when visiting their home in the UAE, including Mineral and Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo, President Zuma’s son, Duduzane Zuma and the son’s of Free State Premier, Thato and Tshepiso. Included in…

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International 

Trump odd man out after G7 deadlocks on climate change, no talk on migration

The informal bloc of leading global economies concluded their annual summit in Sicily on Saturday with President Donald Trump remaining ambiguous as to whether the US will stay in the Paris accord. Trump’s G7 partners were left uncertain regarding the US president’s intentions on climate change. Germany’s Angela Merkel critiqued the debate on climate change as “very unsatisfactory.” At the conclusion of the summit, President Trump was the only G7 partner who would not reaffirm any commitment to the 2015 Paris climate agreement to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions,…

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International 

Manchester attacker spoke to brother just before detonation

Abedi, the suicide bomber behind Monday’s terror attack, spoke to his brother 15 minutes before he detonated the explosives. British authorities are trying to contain the network that Abedi is believed to have been a part of. On Tuesday evening British police identified 22 year-old Salman Abedi as the suicide bomber. Abedi is reported to have been in Libya for three weeks before returning to the UK days before the attack. Born in Manchester, Abedi who was of Libyan descent, with ties to Al Qaeda, is believed to have used…

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Book Reviews South Africa 

The Republic of Gupta – Pieter-Louis Myburgh

There is no doubt in my mind that Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s latest book, The Republic of Gupta will be lauded as one of the greatest texts that chronicles an immensely troubling period in our South African democracy. One can appreciate what must have been a considerably copious amount of time of Myburgh’s part to have compiled such a logically structured narrative, impeccably outlining the most corrupt activities of the family that became synonymous with ‘state capture.’ Despite at times finding myself to be so rattled by the revelations that I exposed my mind to,…

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South Africa 

Bobani gone rogue

Despite coalition partners reaching an agreement on Monday settling disputes, the NMB Deputy Mayor hampered proceedings in council on Tuesday. During a meeting between Nelson Mandela Bay coalition parties in Cape Town on Monday, a decision was taken to form a small committee of members from each party concerned to ensure effective communication and an open platform for discussions. The meeting, that had DA leader Mmusi Maimane as well as UDM leader, Bantu Holomisa present, subsequently saw the withdrawal of the DA’s ultimatum to Holomisa to remove Nelson Mandela Bay…

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ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

The dynamics of NDZ’s bid for the ANC Presidency

While the former African Union Chair shares a name with a president synonymous with corruption, there are greater challenges ahead for the candidate seeking the top ANC job. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s bid for the ANC presidency is no surprise for the political pundits grossly analysing the ANC succession race that will potentially determine the party’s survival after 2019. Dlamini-Zuma’s political office credential exceeds the track records of many other iconic ANC stalwarts. Having served through four presidential administrations (Motlanthe included), it is a seemingly logical choice for the party consumed in…

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US 

Trump cries ‘witch hunt’ as Robert Mueller appointed as special counsel

Shortly after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named as the lead counsel for the Russia probe, President Trump lashed out at the appointment. “I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country,” the President expressed during a lunch event with television news anchors. While the appointment of Mueller has attracted bipartisan praise, Trump has shamelessly resisted the move, viewing it as a barrier for him to push forward with his agenda. Trump’s backlash on the appointment only reaffirms suspicion of his guilt and possible…

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US 

The Comey memo that could sink the Trump presidency

It was a busy Tuesday evening with news networks tasked with analysing the bombshell story that Trump had disclosed classified information to Russian diplomats.  But it was only after the explosive report from the New York Times that revealed Trump had asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation on former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, that everyone knew Pandora’s Box had finally been opened. According to the New York Times report, during a February 14th meeting in the Oval Office, the President alone with Comey had made…

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South Africa 

Nelson Mandela Bay coalition under threat?

During a Tuesday evening press briefing, Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip announced that Deputy Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, had been removed from his position as Mayoral Committee member for Public Health. The sudden dismissal follows months of tensions between the DA’s Trollip and the UDM’s Bobani – the key founders of the eight month old coalition. Despite the romanticism of bi-partisan leadership of the metro, Trollip and Bobani have often ended up as adversaries on executive decisions such as Trollip’s choice to keep on City Manager, Johann Mettler from the…

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