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State capture probe of old ‘white capital’

Durban – The war between Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, the SA Reserve Bank and top banks is far from over. Mkhwebane is forging ahead with her investigation into alleged apartheid economic crimes implicating the Reserve Bank, top banks and business people. She came under attack from the Reserve Bank and Absa last week. In an […]

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Deputy Minister Manana meets the ‘Manyana Syndrome’

The Spanish word for “tomorrow” is mañana (or “manyana”); in English it has taken on the meaning “an unspecified time in the future”. In the limping and dysfunctional criminal justice administration of South Africa, the manyana syndrome is a prominent feature of the way things are done. Every accused person has a guaranteed right to […]

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Creating an accountable SA via an inviolate anti-corruption unit

CAPE TOWN — Just as constitutionally changing the proportional representation system to make politicians individually accountable to the electorate would radically improve our democracy, so too would an inviolate anti-corruption unit. Creating a unit with the expertise and determination of the politically-disbanded Scorpions, is the culmination of ideas from two top thought leaders. John Kane-Berman, consultant […]

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INDEPENDENCE OF THE HAWKS – ANC claims it is fighting corruption, but evidence points the other way

“There can be no gainsaying that corruption threatens to fell at the knees virtually everything we hold dear and precious in our hard-won constitutional order. It blatantly undermines the democratic ethos, the institutions of democracy, the rule of law and the foundational values of our nascent constitutional project.” Judge Dikgang Moseneke and Judge Edwin Cameron […]

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Which comes first: The ANC or the Constitution?

Paul Hoffman says those voting in the MONOCO debate bear an awesome responsibility. All of 110 years ago the American Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes made a speech in which he is reported to have said: ““we are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is…” In South Africa today, […]

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