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National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

EDITORIAL: Suspension would be a prudent move

Retired judge Ian Farlam’s stinging criticism of national police commissioner Riah Phiyega leaves little doubt, except for President Jacob Zuma

EDITORIAL: Eskom deserves Nersa rejection

Eskom's Medupi power plant. Picture: SOWETAN

Power utilitly cannot be allowed to hold the country to ransom just because it cannot manage the power system or its finances efficiently

EDITORIAL: Fractious tripartite alliance papers over cracks

Gwede Mantashe. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

All the components of the alliance are weak, differing in degrees and extent of their crisis

EDITORIAL: Marikana a key test for Zuma

Retired judge Ian Farlam listens as the judicial commission of inquiry into the shootings at Lonmin's Marikana mine gets under way in Rustenburg, on October 1 2012. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

Close watch on how recommendations acted on as a number of questions remain unanswered on the Farlam commission report

EDITORIAL: ANC contempt for judiciary a worry

Omar al-Bashir. Picture: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

What hope does new NPA head Shaun Abrahams have of prosecuting the government bigwigs who clearly masterminded Omar al-Bashir’s escape?

EDITORIAL: Eskom needs to justify tariff hike


The IMF has certainly not given Eskom an unqualified green light to raise electricity prices

EDITORIAL: Not a pretty picture


Reserve Bank’s quarterly bulletin includes investment or capital spending, and the latest news on that is still far from good

EDITORIAL: Nedlac’s relevance in question


Outdated and irrelevant National Economic Development and Labour Council no longer central to, or that constructive in, the formulation of economic policy

EDITORIAL: Let the courts clarify BEE

Picture: ARDBEL

‘Once empowered, always empowered’ — or not? It is a good thing the matter is going to court

EDITORIAL: Foolish to ignore effect of visa rules

Malusi Gigaba. Picture: THE SOWETAN/PETER MOGAKI

Government has ignored numerous warnings — at the start and throughout the process of implementing the new visa rules — by industry players who understand the sector

EDITORIAL: Timing of rate hike the only question

Reserve Bank

Combined, moves in the US, Europe and at home, will make a rate hike next month a probability, not a possibility

EDITORIAL: A blatant violation of the Constitution

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir greets supporters at the airport in the capital, Khartoum, Sudan, on Monday. Mr Bashir flew out of SA in defiance of a Pretoria court that later said he should have been arrested to face genocide charges at the International Criminal Court. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH

Approval from other African countries is the only conceivable benefit of allowing Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to leave

EDITORIAL: Our cities can bank on 'Doing Business' report

A view of the Johannesburg skyline.  Picture: THE TIMES

Cities are a crucial engine of economic development and they need to be at the centre of economic policymaking

EDITORIAL: African free trade pact long overdue

A group of young men take a picture of themselves in the Nile outside Khartoum, Sudan, in May. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMED NURELDIN

Concept of an African free trade agreement is a good one, and you have to start somewhere, beyond the likes of Robert Mugabe

EDITORIAL: SA is stuck in the doldrums


Indices highlight yet again just how dire the effect is of the stagnation in the economy

EDITORIAL: Taxing questions that need answers


South Africa needs to relook the tax system and whether the nation is getting returns

EDITORIAL: NUM’s new chiefs face tough tests

Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi took everyone by surprise when he announced that he would no longer participate in the federation's boardroom battles and resigned. Picture: MOELETSI MABE/THE TIMES

NUM members vote out old guard of leaders central to maintaining the status quo — upsetting the balance of power in Cosatu and beyond

Security guards surround Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza as he addresses a crowd during campaigning in the capital, Bujumbura, on Friday. Picture:  AFP PHOTO/LANDRY NSHIMIYE

EDITORIAL: Burundi a poser for the AU

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza knew he could count on his peers in the African Union to do nothing of substance

EDITORIAL: Watchdog fails the public

Monwabisi Gantsho.  Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Tainted Monwabisi Gantsho affair reflects poorly on Council for Medical Schemes — whose duty it was to ascertain the truth

EDITORIAL: Aurora’s feckless directors

Controversial businessman and nephew of President Jacob Zuma, Khulubuse Zuma, arrives for his uncle's inauguration ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria in May. Picture: AFP PHOTO/POOL/MUJAHID SAFODIEN

Company directors have a responsibility to ensure they are competently and honestly managed

EDITORIAL: Icasa’s damaging delays


The problem is no longer limited to timelines but increasingly the transparency, efficiency and predictability of regulation

EDITORIAL: Bashir ‘brush-off’ shows shocking disdain for the law

Omar al-Bashir. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

It appears inevitable that the courts will once again be dragged in to adjudicate on what is clearly a political dispute

EDITORIAL: EU faces tough choices on Greece

A protester waves a Greek flag at the entrance of the parliament building during a rally calling on the government to clinch a deal with its international creditors and secure Greece's future in the eurozone, in Athens on Monday. Picture: REUTERS

Debt forgiveness is inevitable, and the sooner this is confronted and enacted, the sooner the Greek economy will be stabilised

EDITORIAL: Madonsela again last resort

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

ANC’s influencial Blade Nzimande is not the first party official to make it clear the judiciary is considered subservient to both the executive and the legislature

EDITORIAL: Review exchange controls

Mark Shuttleworth. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Mark Shuttleworth's challenge highlights the need to look at an exchange-controls system that dates back to 1933

EDITORIAL: No need for the dramatics

Unions march through the streets of Pretoria. Picture: Dominic Skelton

Public service department has already agreed to adhere to legal opinion — unions will earn respect from the public they are meant to serve if they do the same

EDITORIAL: No time for complacency

Standard & Poor's in New York. Picture: REUTERS

S&P is surprisingly upbeat, but it remains concerned about the usual risks — from low growth and the high current account deficit to sizeable government debt and potentially volatile portfolio flows into SA

EDITORIAL: Telkom back from the brink

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO

Perhaps Telkom had to hit rock bottom — as it did after the KT Corp deal was blocked in 2012 — before the government got the message

EDITORIAL: PetroSA needs a strong remedy

Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Government must not shirk away from taking strong action, nor contemplate a bail-out

EDITORIAL: COP21 ambitious but laudable

Climate change is only one of the challenges facing Africa as the sub-Saharan Africa region pursues growth which the International Monetary Fund expects to be 5.7% between 2014-19. File picture: REUTERS/SIEGFRIED MODOLA

COP21 meeting could be the world’s 'last chance' to reach agreement on measures to reduce carbon emissions

EDITORIAL: Talk that is not cheap at WEF

President Jacob Zuma with WEF chairman Klaus Schwab and Ghana’s vice- president Kwesi Amissah-Arthur during the 25th World Economic Forum on Africa plenary session in Cape Town on Thursday. Picture: GCIS

Timid approach to controversy is one of the reasons the World Economic Forum’s formal sessions are so frustratingly bland

EDITORIAL: Perceptions matter

HARD TIMES: Mining is the linchpin of the Rustenburg economy and the town is struggling as a result of the strike. Picture: THE TIMES

Department of Mineral Resources needs to get its house in order to address alarming perceptions among junior miners of policy instability and corruption

EDITORIAL: Politics taints SABC board

SABC television studios in Auckland Park. The uptake of digital broadcasting technology will see an increase from three SABC channels to more than 10 channels. Picture: KEVIN SUTHERLAND

Why, under such circumstances and in such a toxic environment, would any suitably qualified individual in their right mind seek to be appointed to the SABC board?

EDITORIAL: SA must probe bribe claim

Fifa headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Picture: REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH

SA should race to ensure there was no wrongdoing ahead of the likely appearance before the US attorney-general of as yet unnamed South Africans co-conspirators

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The Third Umpire

President Jacob Zuma, whose election promise to create millions of new jobs is looking more than a little rash in the light of the latest Stats SA figures, which show the number of discouraged young work seekers doubling.

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Durban High Court judge Esther Steyn, for ordering the demolition of a R60m luxury apartment block after finding that the city rezoned the site illegally. Brace yourselves for the lawsuit, long-suffering ratepayers.

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Departing Edcon CEO Jurgen Schreiber, whose misreading of the market during a tough time for retailers has been blamed for the group’s poor performance and difficulty repaying a €28m coupon that was due yesterday.

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