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Cyril Ramaphosa

Adieu, Zondo. Now the real work starts

Remember when Thanos got the last infinity stone? We imagine that’s how President Cyril Ramaphosa is feeling now after receiving the fifth and sixth reports into state capture on Wednesday night. This is one more than initially expected (six infinity stones, six reports. Just saying). Quite unfortunate that, unlike Thanos, Ramaphosa can’t just snap state …

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The #Farmgate fallout continues

South Africans are still preoccupied with Ramaphosa’s biggest scandal to date: Farmgate, as it’s become known. The term trended several times on Twitter in the past week along with “Phala Phala” – the president’s private game farm in Limpopo where US$4 million in cash was stolen in 2020. It had been kept under wraps until …

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Mkhwebane (finally) gets the boot, but the timing? Sus.

And she’s out! Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is the first high-ranking member of a Chapter 9 institution to be suspended.  Remember when we told you that President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote to Mkhwebane in March, asking if she thinks she should be suspended while her impeachment hearings were under way? Well, forget the pleasantries. She went …

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Our take: Justice finally catches up with the Guptas

This is huge: two of the brothers wanted for their alleged involvement in the looting of our state coffers, have been arrested in Dubai. Rajesh and Atul Gupta were arrested on Monday, the South African Justice Department confirmed.  In a statement, the Dubai Police stated that the brothers were arrested “in connection with money laundering …

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Our take: Accountability Monitor – NPA (finally) on a roll

Shamila Batohi is starting to understand the brief.  The head of our National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) realises that South Africans are impatient for accountability.  More than three years of testimony at the Zondo Commission laid bare the incredible extent of state capture. But the question remains: When are people going to go to jail? So …

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ANC builds up to election

Forget about calculus, trigonometry or Einstein’s theory of relativity: nothing is more complex than the ANC’s internal voting processes. You’ll be hearing a lot about those procedures in the coming months because the party’s national elective conference is set for December. That’s where the future of both the party and the country will be decided.  …

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Hydrogen truck powers miners towards a greener future

South Africa’s mining industry took a big step forwards toward a carbon-free future last Friday when Anglo American unveiled the world’s largest hydrogen-powered truck, in what President Cyril Ramaphosa described as a “historic moment” for the future economy. The fully hydrogen-powered 220-tonne truck is intended to be the first of a fleet of similar vehicles …

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