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President Jacob Zuma. There’s no excuse for xenophobic violence, but it was about time the push factors that have resulted in so many African migrants flooding into SA were raised with their leaders.

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South Korea’s Lee Wan-koo, who has resigned as prime minister barely two months into the job after being accused of accepting a $28,000 bribe from a local businessman who subsequently committed suicide.

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Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech, who was ousted from the position at the weekend after failing to convince the board to get rid of CE Martin Winterkorn. Instead they turned on him, bringing an era to an end.

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Former police commissioner Bheki Cele. He may be right that the police are “bleeding” under the command of his successor, Riah Phiyega, but has he forgotten how many of those wounds were inflicted on his watch?

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Former Tesco CEO Philip Clarke. The UK supermarket group’s announcement of a R115bn loss, one of the biggest in British corporate history, points to why he was so unceremoniously given the boot in September

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Evidence is mounting against SARS commissioner Tom Moyane, who appears to have conducted a ruthless purge of staff perceived not to be loyal to President Jacob Zuma. The capture of the state continues apace.

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Transnet’s new acting head, Siyabonga Gama. He weathered a storm at the rail utility after being fired unfairly from his position as head of freight rail in 2010, so he’s clearly got persistence. And he knows the business well.

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Cricket SA CE Haroon Lorgat, for ducking and diving over management’s interference with the selection of the Proteas team that lost the World Cup semifinal. Even if it was indirect, the snickometer picked up a sound.

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Another day, another state institution in crisis. This time it’s the National Health Laboratory Service, which Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi insists is on the mend but has suffered an exodus of senior staff.

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Former Liberty CEO Bruce Hemphill, this week’s surprise appointment as successor to Old Mutual CEO Julian Roberts. It appears his bancassurance experience tipped the scales his way as the group focuses on synergies.

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National police commissioner Riah Phiyega, who has been censured by Parliament’s police committee for allowing the post of SAPS chief financial officer to remain vacant for longer than a year. It’s not important, apparently.

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Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele. With SA slipping on the World Economic Forum’s IT rankings and the SA Post Office barely functional, he is clearly failing to do his job.

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ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, whose call for refugee camps to be established to deal with the influx of illegal immigrants into SA risks stigmatising foreigners further and worsening xenophobic violence.

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EFF KwaZulu-Natal chairman Vukani Ndlovu. He and his party have blood on their hands following the death of a woman who was struck by a car while trying to evade police after invading land at the EFF’s instigation.

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US President Barack Obama might be a lame duck when it comes to domestic politics but not in foreign affairs. His meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro represents progress in reversing the damage of the Cold War.

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Western Cape Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso, who has been cleared of a misconduct complaint with respect to her handling of the Anni Dewani murder trial. It was not her fault the case was so full of holes.

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Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, for trying to justify his own alleged tax evasion by claiming that President Jacob Zuma did the same when he was strapped. So what? It is illegal whoever is responsible.

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Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose insistence on running for a third term is the main cause of political protests that resulted in five deaths over the weekend. Nobody is indispensable, least of all a politician.

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Eskom acting CEO Brian Molefe may not have any experience in the power generation sector, but he is an innovative manager. With a bit of luck, some of his ideas aimed at ending load shedding may just work.

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Hawks head L t-Gen Anwa Dramat, who threw in the towel and resigned after a lengthy legal battle against his suspension on the basis that the police watchdog Ipid had already dismissed accusations against him.

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Department of Telecommunications director-general Rosey Sekese, who has conceded that state-owned Broadband Infraco was left out of its strategic plan due to an “omission”. That’s quite an admission.

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Western Cape police commissioner Gen Arno Lamoer, who has been suspended after appearing in court on Monday charged with corruption, money laundering and racketeering. Please, not another one.

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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. Yes, there’s a silver lining to every dark cloud and all that, but his attempt to put a positive spin on SA’s power crisis and xenophobic violence comes across as blinkered and dishonest.

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US Republican senator Johnny Isakson, who has overplayed his hand in championing US Big Chicken by trying to force SA to remove antidumping duties on US imports, putting the Agoa trade talks at risk.

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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, who has missed his own deadline for the appointment of a new SAA board. An indication that it is becoming difficult to persuade suitable candidates to apply, or just a lack of urgency?

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Evraz chairman Alexander Abramov. Granted, these are not easy times for steel producers anywhere in the world, but Evraz Highveld has also come unstuck due to lack of investment in technology, plant and equipment.

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National Credit Regulator CEO Nomsa Motshegare, for seeking a court order preventing credit providers from disposing of repossessed assets at well below their market price. This practice had scam written all over it.

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National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana. Six months ago there was a “strong case” against the head of the NPA’s commercial crimes unit, Lawrence Mrwebi, now the charges have been withdrawn. What gives?

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Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, whose initiative to establish a comprehensive electronic health information system is welcome, regardless of whether it is needed for the proposed National Health Insurance system.

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Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. It’s great if police are finally “sweeping our public places clean” of criminals, as he claims, but the timing of this crackdown seems more like pandering to a xenophobic electorate.

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Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini, whose explanation for his self-confessed love for Adolf Hitler and his leadership qualities could just as easily be applied to Hendrik Verwoerd, Cecil Rhodes and other charismatic despots.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, for rewarding the woman who hit him on the head with a mango by promising her a new house. Does he want to be buried in fruit? Because that’s the way to get buried in fruit.

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