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Secret ballot for What? Why Zuma can still laugh it off – RANJENI MUNUSAMY

 Ranjeni MunusamiA spectacular moment in time that brought together the three arms of the South African government in a triumph of constitutionalism and a sham of political accountability. While the Constitutional Court again shone as the nation’s true north, President Jacob Zuma used the platform of Parliament to display his invincibility. “Sit in peace,” Zuma told the opposition on the same day the Chief Justice eloquently spelt out the constitutional obligations on the president, the Speaker and MPs. The ANC’s reaction to the judgment is indicative of why Zuma remains indomitable.

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Do not believe the promises that Zuma will be removed after the ANC conference and that we’ll have a new president of the country early next year. – Sipho Pityana

Sipho PityanaThere’s more to state capture than meets the eye

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The Tshwane WALL

Solly MsimangaTshwane mayor wants to build wall to separate clashing communities

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Constitutional Court schools Members of Parliament on their obligations – PIERRE DE VOS

Pierre de VosAny half-decent lawyer would not have been surprised that the Constitutional Court ruled earlier this week that the Speaker of the National Assembly was mistaken when she claimed she did not have the power to order a secret ballot in a vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma. It is also not surprising that the court – demonstrating a slightly better understanding of the separation of powers doctrine than the public protector – declined to order the Speaker to conduct the vote of no confidence via secret ballot. But the judgment does contain unexpectedly strong language about the need for Parliament (and especially the National Assembly) to hold the Executive (headed by President Zuma) accountable.

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The PP attains her job through an interview and has no business recommending constitutional amendment – EFF

EFFEFF STATEMENT ON THE PUBLIC PROTECTOR REPORT ON CIEX AND STATE OF CAPTURE REPROT

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We had concluded the ABSA matter – Tito Mboweni

Tito MboweniTHE PUBLIC PROTECTOR’S REPORT ON ABSA.

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ABSA, please pay back the stolen public funds – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

Busisiwe Public ProtectorPublic Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Monday criticised government and the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) for failing to recover more than one billion rand from Bankorp Limited/Absa Bank billions advanced as an “illegal gift” to the Bankorp group, which was bought by Absa in the early 1990s.

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Happy birthday Thabo Mbeki – Dr BRIGALIA BAM

Happy birthday Thabo MbekiA CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO A SPECIAL SON OF AFRICA : THABO MBEKI ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 75TH BIRTHDAY.

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Gigaba overrules a senior official’s decision to deny the Gupta family citizenship.

Malusi GigabaE-mails at odds with Gigaba’s Gupta account

Correspondence in the leaked Gupta e-mails raises further questions about former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba’s approval of the family’s South African citizenship.

During a press conference this week Gigaba, who is now finance minister, said he granted the approval after an appeal process dating from July 2014. (more…)

Malusi Gigaba, are you captured comrade? – Mpho Tsedu

Mpho Tsedu

Will the real Malusi Gigaba please stand up?

I have been an activist all my life. As a teenager, I even got detained by the apartheid government, locked in solitary confinement under the draconian Section 29 of the Internal Security Act.

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