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WATCH: Why Zuma’s biggest enemy now is time

Picture: Department of International Relations and Cooperation

Peter Bruce and panel of editors ask whether president’s desperation is starting to show, why the urgency to get rid of the finance minister and will SAA ever get it right?


SA’s population estimated at 55.9-million


Statistics SA estimates 30.1% of population is younger than 15 years and about 8% 60 years or older, with females making up about 51% of total population


Nothing sinister about Zuma taking over parastatals, Presidency says

President Jacob Zuma speaks during a monitoring visit to South African Airways on Friday.  Picture: GCIS

Presidency emphatic that new structure under president will not directly run projects or ‘usurp responsibilities’ of line-function ministers

Transport & Tourism

COPE councillor calls for tuk-tuks in Cape Town

NEW KID: A tuk-tuk taxi in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Farouk Cassim says that public transport must contribute to reduction of greenhouse emissions and number of cars on roads, and used example of tuk-tuks in New Delhi


De Lille wishes Desmond Tutu well on behalf of Cape Town

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Imagine what people such as Archbishop Tutu would have felt as they picked up the pieces during the days of the underground. Picture: REUTERS

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has checked into a Cape Town hospital for ‘the same bug that kept him in hospital for a week last year’, Reuters reports


Cosatu not opposed to early ANC elective conference

PLANNING: Cosatu acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says shutting down Kopano ke Matla is a political decision, but that it will help the federation overcome its financial difficulties. Picture: THE TIMES

The union federation and tripartite alliance partner says it will not remain neutral on the ANC succession issue, and an early conference requires discussion


Pravin Gordhan does not deserve this treatment, judge Johann Kriegler says

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THE TIMES

The Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom Under Law have strongly criticised the Hawks for what they say is the unit’s politically driven investigation


George Bizos fears for law and justice in SA

Advocate George  Bizos  holds the Luminary award he received in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Picture: SOWETAN

Bizos, retired judge Johann Kriegler and Helen Suzman Foundation head Francis Antonie offer support to Pravin Gordhan and other former SARS officials in the Hawks’ sights


Mayor Herman Mashaba promises to get Joburg’s traffic lights working

Herman Mashaba. Picture: SUPPLIED

Mashaba will announce his mayoral committee on Friday, which is likely to comprise ‘coalition party’ members that helped the DA prevail in Joburg


Hawks have no case, says Gordhan

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THE TIMES

Business leaders back finance minister against ‘sinister forces’ as Hawk’s renewed attack sends shock waves through the investor community


Maimane calls for parliamentary debate on Gordhan witch-hunt

Mmusi Maimane.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

DA leader submits urgent request to National Assembly Speaker for debate on request by Hawks for finance minister to appear before crime investigation body


Guptas’ Tegeta threatens Treasury

Kenneth Brown. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The Gupta company has threatened to interdict the Treasury to keep a possibly damning report on Eskom coal contracts out of the public domain


The altruistic history of the billable hour


The current adaptation of the billable hour provides no real reason to work faster or innovatively, writes Naseem Ameer-Mia


What is state medical aid hiding?

Gems has been unwilling to put rumours to bed


ANC weighs risk of calling early elective conference

The popular call is for an early conference, but ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s instinct is to avoid a ‘blood on the floor’ fight


Busisiwe Mkhwebane given public protector nod

Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: SUPPLIED

The former senior investigator at the public protector’s office impresses with her academic qualifications and track record in government


Claims deadline may be extended


A Constitutional Court judgment has raised fresh concerns about the successful completion of the land reform project

Law & Constitution

Resources bill is ‘sound on the substantive issues’


The mineral resources committee reaffirms the disputed bill — including international trade pacts and the inclusion of the mining charter


Hawks accuse Pravin Gordhan of corruption

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: THE TIMES

The Hawks allege that he violated the Public Finance Management Act


EFF calls on Pravin Gordhan to present himself to Hawks

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Picture: Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

National spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says ‘if he be innocent, which we believe he is, there is nothing the Hawks can do’

Transport & Tourism

Transport Minister faces opposition on Prasa probe

Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Dipuo Peters’s directive to halt a forensic probe at Prasa faces objections from the public protector and the agency’s own board


Academics urge Zuma to intervene in Gordhan matter

Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

Academics pen an open letter on what they call a ‘dangerous set of events’


Gordhan will not present himself to the Hawks on Thursday

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Gordhan’s stance is set to heighten his standoff with President Jacob Zuma, who is believed to be behind the Hawks’ renewed badgering of the finance minister

Pravin Gordhan. Picture:  GCIS

NEWS ANALYSIS: Mission is to create narrative justifying Pravin Gordhan’s removal

The finance minister may be fired by Friday, write Carol Paton and Natasha Marrian


Two former SARS officials Ivan Pillay and Johann van Loggerenberg will meet Hawks

Ivan Pillay. Picture: GCIS

The pair will be accompanied by Advocate George Bizos and retired Constitutional Court judge Johan Kriegler


Officials arrive at funeral for Makhenkesi Stofile

Arnold Makhenkesi Stofile. Picture: SOWETAN

The former Eastern Cape premier and Fort Hare University chancellor’s funeral will take place at the university’s sports complex


Urgent government intervention required at Pollsmoor prison

Cell 33 E2 Section III, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, 2004.  Picture: MIKHAEL SUBOTZKY

Conditions in most South African prisons have long been under scrutiny amid concerns that they are overcrowded, violent and unsanitary


Trevor Manuel warns: Arrest of Gordhan will ‘destroy this economy’

National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel speaking at a workshop organised by the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference on Monday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Former says it is ridiculous that an 'acting' head of the Hawks is persecuting him on baseless charges


Committee decides on Busisiwe Mkhwebane for public protector

Busisiwe Mkhwebane.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES

EFF head Julius Malema says while he is concerned about suggestions Mkhwebane is a Zuma candidate, the office of the public protector will expose her if she is biased


Unqualified audits for Gauteng health and fleet management

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

A change of leadership at fleet management was said to be behind its success, while the health department benefited from an intervention plan


Protesting students cause turmoil at Eastern Cape university campuses

Protesting NMMU students block the entrance to the university's South Campus on Wednesday.  Picture: HERALDLIVE VIA TWITTER

Students from Walter Sisulu University’s Butterworth, Mthatha and East London campuses have been arrested for public violence and theft, among other charges


Zuma congratulates Ekurhuleni’s new mayor — but no word about others

ANC Youth League national co-ordinator Mzwandile Masina. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO

Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina is said to be a close ally of President Jacob Zuma and the only current mayor in Gauteng aligned to the president

Trade & Industry

Push to sign deal to ensure better market access to EU for SA and Sadc

A man waves a Union Jack at a rally ahead of the Brexit referendum. There was an outpouring of regret after the results. Picture: AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL

The EU can provisionally apply the agreement while it is being ratified by all the EU countries, subject to approval by the EU parliament

Law & Constitution

Complaint against Hlophe must now be concluded, Constitutional Court orders

John Hlophe. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

2008 complaint against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe by then-justices of the Constitutional Court rocked judiciary and divided the legal fraternity


Cosatu condemns dousing of guard with urine at University of the Free State

Cosatu. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Union federation also demand action after Afrikaans students received a question paper with answers during a test at the university


Improvements but Compensation Fund not yet out of the woods

Vuyo Mafata. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Compensation Fund has been in chaotic financial state for many years, receiving repeated adverse opinions from the auditor general


Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver eulogy for Makhenkesi Stofile

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

President Jacob Zuma was meant to deliver the speech but is going to Nairobi for an African development summit


Gordhan under threat of arrest

Pravin Gordhan. Picture:  GCIS

Rand falls sharply after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan receives letter demanding he present himself to Hawks


SA students win award for nutritious version of Nutella

Stellenbosch University. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Their spread S’cool Beans tastes of chocolate and hazelnuts, but is actually made of sweet potato and sugar beans


DA mayoral teams are ‘a balancing act’

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga. Picture: YOUTUBE

The DA comes under fire for its mostly white mayoral committee in Tshwane


Expropriation bill aims to provide clarity

Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin briefs Parliament’s public works committee on the draft version of the highly controversial Expropriation Bill on Tuesday in Cape Town. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Critics say the bill is unconstitutional and have raised concerns about dispute resolution mechanisms for those affected by expropriation


Suspects held for killings in run-up to elections

CLAIM:  The SACP says Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza is harassing the party. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

The Saps is due to update Parliament ’s portfolio committee on p olice about poll -related protests in Tshwane and other hot spots


Maphatsoe loses two court cases in one day

WINNER:  Ronnie Kasrils, right, with advocates GF Grobler and Dali Mpofu from his legal team. Picture: THE TIMES

Former intelligence minister and struggle veteran Ronnie Kasrils delighted with high court victory


What the choice of protector will say of the ANC

One of the great myths the election exposed is that corruption is a middle-class hang-up


ANC must discard malignancy or be discarded

When the ANC finds its courage to exorcise the enemy within will it return to its historical mission of a better life for all, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

Both the UK and SA plan to tax sugary drinks, but Britain’s finance minister has provided far more details. Picture: REUTERS/SUZANNE PLUNKETT

Study appears to vindicate California’s tax on sugary drinks

But the first peer-reviewed research measuring the impact of a tax on sugar consumption acknowledges other factors may also have come into play


Hawks hanker after R100m helicopter, if there is money

Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS/SIYABULELA DUDA

Unit has already received R1.4bn from Police Ministry in April while portfolio committee members bulk at the huge cost and ask whether it is a lavish attack craft


Hawks won’t comment on Gordhan summons report

Pravin Gordhan. Picture:  GCIS

Report suggests that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and three other former SARS officials have been ordered to report to the Hawks in Pretoria on Thursday


No crisis at the SABC, Faith Muthambi tells Parliament


The communications minister has told MPs that the SABC has implemented Icasa’s order reversing the decision not to air footage of violent protests


Consumers will respond to a sugar tax, Department of Health says

HIDDEN INGREDIENT: The proposed sugar tax at 2.29c per gram translates into a 20% tax on fizzy drinks and other added-sugar drinks, the industry argued this week. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

But the DA says it will reject the proposed sugar tax if its purpose is ‘simply to raise more revenue under the fig leaf of a public health benefit’


Maphatsoe apologises to Kasrils for defamatory statements

Chairman of the MK Military Veterans Association, Kebby Maphatsoe.  Picture: SOWETAN

Kebby Maphatsoe does an about-turn in R1m defamation suit by retracting and apologising for the defamatory statements he made about Ronnie Kasrils


EFF has to rescue SA from the ANC’s rule, Julius Malema says

Julius Malema. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Critics say the EFF has given its votes to the ‘anti-poor’ DA and mayoral seats to DA candidates including liberal businessperson Herman Mashaba


SIU will probe alleged corruption in two Limpopo municipalities

President Jacob Zuma. Picture:  REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

President Jacob Zuma had authorised the SIU to investigate the affairs of the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality and Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality

Land & Agriculture

Indoor farming will be integral to the world’s food security

Green II will fail because 30 and 40 years on, nothing has changed, says the writer. Picture: ISTOCK

Agricultural economist Ernst Janovsky says the use of drones to determine crop yield and diseased plants is already benefiting farmers


Gordhan told to report to Hawks, Treasury confirms


Rand falls as much as 3% to 13.98 per dollar on the news, the weakest level since August 3


Gwede Mantashe calls for a debate over ANC’s decline

Gwede Mantashe. Picture: AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN

The ANC Youth League has called for ANC secretary-general Mantashe to resign following the party’s election decline


Deputy defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe loses defamation case brought by ex-MK man

Chairman of the MK Military Veterans Association, Kebby Maphatsoe.  Picture: SOWETAN

Court finds deputy defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe and ANC parliamentary chief whip Jackson Mthembu defamed politician who broke away from ruling party


Hawks make progress in filling vacant posts

CLAIM:  The SACP says Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza is harassing the party. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Since the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations last briefed Parliament in April, it has nearly halved the number of jobs it has to fill

Other Sport

‘Mr Christmas’ Mbalula showers Rio medallists with more money

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: GALLO IMAGES, ZIYAAD DOUGLAS

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says he woke up ‘so happy’ he decided to increase the prize money for SA’s Rio Olympic Games medallists


Tax collected in first quarter misses SARS target by R4.5bn


SARS commissioner Tom Moyane says a sluggish economy is going to make meeting the annual tax target of more than R1-trillion difficult


ANC loses Modimolle mayor post to DA


Cheers erupt in public gallery, interspersed with some enthusiastic vuvuzela blasts, as DA’s Marlene van Staden, elected as new mayor of Modimolle


DA will reject sugar tax if it is simply to raise revenue and not improve health

Democratic Alliance trade and industry spokesman Wilmot James. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO

DA says the tax should be structured to fund medical research on obesity‚ diabetes‚ hypertension and social habits that increase body mass index

Opinion & Analysis

Online courses a link to low-cost education


JP Smit: Expanding the online course format offers a viable and cost-effective alternative for poor students to obtain meaningful degrees


Opportunistic criminality partly to blame for Tshwane unrest, says Kgomotso Phahlane

Thoko Didiza. Picture: ROBERT BOTHA

ANC’s nomination of Thoko Didiza as mayoral candidate not exclusively to blame for unrest in Tshwane ahead of municipal elections, says acting police commissioner


I did not give instructions to Khwezi, Ronnie Kasrils tells court

Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The former defence minister, giving testimony in his defamation case, has described knowing the woman who accused Jacob Zuma of rape when she was a small girl


Ineffectual Cabinet has lost ability to govern

SA is an aircraft in which the pilot has left the cockpit and locked the door behind him, writes Carol Paton


ON THE WATER: All Joburg has to do is enforce its own bylaws

Neels Blom draws up a list of jobs for Joburg’s new regime, starting with enforcement of the bylaws that protect the Jukskei River

Standard Bank

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