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Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, who was elected to the position unopposed at the weekend despite the inevitable rowdy dissent and personality clashes. At least there wasn’t a bare bum in sight.

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Tharisa Minerals chairman Loucas Pouroulis, who faces a R50m lawsuit, plus interest and court costs, for allegedly failing to pay for shares he agreed to buy from Cayman Islands-registered Siebels Hard Asset Fund.

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, whose unofficial job description involves putting out fires started by others in government and the ANC. Overseeing the rescue of state-owned enterprises is but the latest.

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It’s not his fault we’re losing count of SAA’s turnaround plans. Kudos for focusing attention again on the overhaul and staying away from the boardroom brawls.

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CIA director John Brennan, for trying to defend the indefensible by disputing reports criticising the agency’s use of torture in an illegal, and ultimately futile, bid to foil terror plots against the US in the wake of 9/11.

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The Rand, which has become a one-way bet against the dollar in particular due to the power cuts and a higher than expected current account deficit in the third quarter. Hold on to your hats, folks, this could get ugly.

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Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana, whose maize export deal with China has already boosted the prices local producers are getting in anticipation of SA shifting bumper volumes of yellow maize in the coming season.

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Given the manner of his discharge Shrien Dewani will inevitably be considered by many to have gotten away with murder. But the fact is the state did not even get close to proving guilt beyond all reasonable doubt.

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SABC chairwoman Zandile Tshabalala may be a stranger to the truth, but she has united a parliamentary portfolio committee across party lines, which is not something you see too often these days.

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, for seeking scapegoats among security officials following a series of atrocities committed by Islamist extremist group al-Shabaab.

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, for decrying the “jostling” that is taking place within Zanu (PF) even as he actively purges the party of potential successors to clear the way for his wife to take power when he goes.

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New Stellenbosch University rector Prof Wim de Villiers, who has previously served as dean of law at the institution and dean of health sciences at the University of Cape Town. No issues with his academic qualifications then.

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Musician Steve Hofmeyr. What a dummy. He should have known he was on a hiding to nothing trying to muzzle a puppet on a basis of freedom of expression. Mr Missing will be impossible to live with now.

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Communist boss Blade Nzimande, who insists — with a straight face — that the many and varied failings of SA’ s state-owned enterprises are actually all the private sector's fault. You can’ t make this stuff up.

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Nedlac business convener Laurraine Lotter, whose persistent efforts have seen the protection provisions of the draft Investment Promotion and Protection Bill strengthened, which can only help boost investment.

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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, who will be breathing the biggest sigh of relief of all after ratings agencies Fitch and S&P left their SA ratings unchanged on Friday. It’s going to be an intense six months to the next update.

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PIC acting chief investment officer Fidelis Madavo, who seems to be driving Afrisam's opportunistic bid to merge with rival PPC. The deal may be convenient for the PIC as a shareholder, but it won’t be good for competition.

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. As in SA, the post-dictatorship truth and reconciliation process in Brazil has been painful but necessary. Let's hope she is better at following through than her local counterparts.

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Ousted Zimbabwean vice-president Joice Mujuru, who supped with the devil for so long it is amazing she made it this far before being impaled on his pitchfork and roasted over the flames as the country combusts.

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Eskom CE Tshediso Matona inherited a mess and therefore cannot be blamed for the latest bout of load-shedding. But he took the job voluntarily and now has to carry the can, even if he is as powerless as the rest of us.

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Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, who says the federation will become a “a political conveyor belt” over his dead body. Er, we’re not sure how to tell you this, Mr Vavi, but it’s already happened, on your watch.

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ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman, who despite all evidence to the contrary insists the party is “more united than ever” ahead of its elective conference. Unfortunately, that's not saying much.

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Central Energy Fund chairwoman Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele, for initiating a retrospective process of ensuring all directors of group companies comply with the King 3 corporate governance code.

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Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, for taking action against PetroSA board member and NHBRC chairwoman Brenda Madumise, who has admitted taking money from Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir.

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Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele. The metro received a clean audit for the past financial year, for the first time in a very long time. Long may the efficiency and transparency continue, and may it become infectious.

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Acting SCA deputy president Judge Mahomed Navsa is correct: The fine and suspended sentence handed down to Fidentia fraudster J Arthur Brown gave the impression that the law is more lenient on the wealthy.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. The rouble’ s plunge is but one of the economic consequences of his expansionist ambition. He may have got away with it during the Cold War, but not in a globalised world.

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Almost PetroSA chairman Tshepo Kgadima, whose appointment was rescinded last week in the light of a litany of serious fraud allegations against him. He could always pursue a career in cellphone video journalism.

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ANC president Jacob Zuma. It’s hard to know who was “shaken” most by his public admission that the party is in trouble, his youth league audience or the senior comrades who fell over themselves to shut him up.

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Competition commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele, for attaching unreasonable job retention conditions to Clover’s acquisition of part of DairyBelle's business. Redundancies are a consequence of greater efficiency.

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Newly elected EFF leader Julius Malema, whose call for his supporters to break the law and “take what rightfully belongs to us” may well result in his “jail or death” battle cry coming to pass sooner rather than later.

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Blitzbok speedster Seabelo Senatla, whose phenomenal form has helped the national Sevens rugby team to two wins out of three and a handy eight-point lead at the top of the standings in the Sevens World Series.

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Ferrari chief designer Nikolas Tombazis who, along with engineering director Pat Fry, has been ditched by the supercar manufacturer after the team failed to win a single race during the 2014 Formula One season.

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