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Truman Prince gets slap on wrist by ANC disciplinary committee

Truman Prince. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The Beaufort West mayor was ordered to apologise publicly for sending a letter to a construction company, and to pay a fine of R10,000


Bloated Cabinet is the real issue, not SA’s two capitals, De Lille says

South African flags flying high. Picture: GCIS

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says the key issue is that the government is too big, and that Parliament should be streamlined to save costs to the taxpayer

Law & Constitution

Appeals court hears state had no duty to arrest Bashir

Omar al-Bashir. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

In the Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, the government said Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir had immunity because he was a sitting head of state


With eye on downgrade Zuma tackles economy

Opposition party leader Julius Malema, centre, of the Economic Freedom Fighters leaves the inside of Parliament with his members as President Jacob Zuma attempts to give his sate of the nation address in Cape Town on Thursday. Picture: EPA/SCHALK VAN ZUYDAM

Reaction to state of nation address muted as details awaited from budget


Public institutions could end up stronger

Public institutions likely to gain public's confidence only when their leaders transcend race divisions


Maine spoils it for the savvy party propagandists

ANC Youth League leader shoots own goal for 'nonracist' party in calling EFF monkeys

President Jacob Zuma takes a seat after his state of the nation speech is disrupted in the National Assembly on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

NEWS ANALYSIS: ANC uses parliamentary majority to shield executive from accountability

In the electoral system’s present form, it incentivises public representatives to please political party bosses at all costs


Why take advice on obesity from the fattest nation in the world, asks Noakes

At his Health Professions Council of SA misconduct hearing, Banting diet champion Tim Noakes said his data was unique and had not been shown anywhere else


‘I did not backtrack on paying back the money for Nkandla,’ says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma delivers his state of the nation address in Parliament on Thursday.  Picture: GCIS

President Jacob Zuma tells state of the nation briefing that he waited for parliamentary processes to decide how to act after release of public protector’s report

Opinion & Analysis

Zuma’s state of the nation address passes the baton to Gordhan

President Jacob Zuma takes a seat after his state of the nation speech is disrupted in the National Assembly on Thursday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Austerity was the one area where President Jacob Zuma offered some detail, leaving the rest for Pravin Gordhan’s do-or-die 2016 budget, write Daniel Silke


Zuma’s about-turn puts ANC MPs in tricky position


ANC stalwart Ben Turok predicts far-reaching fallout for president even if he escapes impeachment over Nkandla scandal


Zuma considers one capital for SA

President Jacob Zuma delivers his state of the nation address in Parliament on Thursday.  Picture: GCIS

President Jacob Zuma said in his state of the nation address that the executive had discussed the issue of two capitals in SA, and had found that the cost was too high


More collaboration will make lighter work of our education crisis

We must work together to address the challenges facing education, including a shortage of teachers, an unequal system and poor infrastructure, writes Khaya Tyatya


ANC liable for legal action for not recalling Zuma, says COPE’s Bloem

Dennis Bloem. Picture: THE TIMES

The African National Congress has not helped ensure the independence and effectiveness of the public protector, the Congress of the People says


Gordhan praises ‘bold’ address

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan impressed by president's commitment to fiscal discipline, while opposition leader critical of missed opportunity to cut bloated Cabinet


Scuffle breaks out at Ses’khona gathering in downtown Cape Town

Police and member of the Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement square up in Cape Town on Thursday.  Picture: ANTHONY MOLYNEAUX/TMG MULTIMEDIA

The Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement was protesting against what is says is poor service delivery in areas across the Democratic Alliance-led Western Cape


Millions cannot find a job ‘because President Zuma has one’, Maimane says

Jacob Zuma. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane on Thursday said it would be ‘most appropriate’ for President Jacob Zuma to announce his resignation


NEWS ANALYSIS: Impeachment — easier said than done

The issue of whether President Jacob Zuma would pay back the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla home has harmed both the African National Congress and Parliament. Picture: REUTERS/ROGAN WARD

EFF will have a tough time pushing it through as process is political and requires a two-thirds majority


Zuma tells SA an effective turnaround plan is needed to boost the economy

Jacob Zuma arrives at Parliament for his state of the nation address on Thursday.  Picture: GCIS

President Jacob Zuma provides no details, saying only red tape has to be removed and legislative and regulatory blockages that inhibit investment have to end


About 800 NUM members to strike at Lafarge over salaries and grants

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers. PICTURE: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

The National Union of Mineworkers strike is due to begin on Thursday night at cement company Lafarge, and will continue ‘indefinitely’, NUM says


Former leader of Save Mpumalanga ANC defects to EFF

Picture: EFF

Economic Freedom Fighters welcomes Sipho Monareng, who says he will ensure that his former party loses power in the local government elections later this year


Farm attacks highest in 15 years in 2015


Civil rights organisation AfriForum and agricultural union TAU SA say 318 attacks recorded and 64 farmers and workers murdered

Financial Services

Treasury and Basa at odds over banks regulation

Yunus Carrim. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Common ground needed on penalties in bill to regulate ‘twin peaks’ model of regulating financial institutions


No coincidence so few post-TRC prosecutions have occurred, says Ntsebeza

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Thembisile Nkadimeng says the prosecution of four men accused of murdering her sister, Nokuthula, was ‘a glimmer of hope’, but she did not trust it


Tensions mount ahead of president’s address

Law enforcement officials were expected to be kept busy ahead of President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address on Thursday evening, with marches planned across Cape Town.  Picture: ANTHONY MOLYNEAUX/TMG MULTIMEDIA

Public order police deployed to keep protesters out of sight ahead of Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address as marchers gather near the Parliament precinct


Public protector notes request to probe alliance between Denel and Guptas

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Trade union Solidarity has asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the joint venture between the Gupta family and state arms manufacturer Denel


Guptas succeed in legal remedy to halt EFF threats

PROTECTION:  Ajay, left, and Atul Gupta and other members of the family turned to the high court for an urgent order to stop the Economic Freedom Fighters from inciting violence against them and staff in their businesses. The Guptas said threatening calls were received earlier this week. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Contentious business family’s lawyer shows court footage of EFF members shouting ‘shoot Zuma, shoot the Guptas’ outside the Constitutional Court


EFF says it will continue bid to have Zuma impeached

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema (centre) looks through barbed wire at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/JOHN WESSELS

EFF leader vows to continue bid to have the South African president impeached for allegedly being in breach of the Constitution


Public protector must not be second guessed, Zuma’s lawyer says

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Jeremy Gauntlett SC represented President Jacob Zuma in the Constitutional Court over a public protector order to pay back cash spent on Nkandla


NEWS ANALYSIS: EFF may put rules to test in Zuma address

EFF members clash with  Parliament Protection  Services during  the state of the nation address on Thursday in Cape Town. Picture: THE TIMES/ESA ALEXANDER

All eyes will be on Economic Freedom Fighters and presiding officers to see if heckling will go ahead, writes Wyndham Hartley


Anomalies not Zuma’s address delay Stats SA report


Stats SA insists delay of fourth-quarter Quarterly Labour Force Survey related to anomalies from new master sample


Ses’khona protesters throw bottles and stones at riot police near Parliament

Marchers flood the streets of downtown Cape Town on Thursday ahead of President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address.  Picture: ANTHONY MOLYNEAUX/TMG MULTIMEDIA

The Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement wanted to march to Parliament and the Democratic Alliance’s offices to protest against racism, among other things


LAW MATTERS: Nkandla case arguments focused on politics, not law

Scope and nature of public protector’s powers a complex legal question under legitimate debate among lawyers and academics


ANC must raze power architecture enabling a Zuma

Party remains factional and sycophantic, and has allowed Zuma to accumulate the sort of power that toppled Mkeki

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