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Eskom board called on to prove utility not trading recklessly

The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa has written to Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza requesting a detailed written explanation as to why the current board believes the State-owned utility can be rescued from its current financial distress, cautioning that Eskom may currently be trading “recklessly” in terms of the legislation governing companies in South Africa. […]

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Red flags regarding the regulations for the State Capture Commission

On Friday 9 February 2018, the regulations relating to the State Capture Commission were published in the Government Gazette. But several red flags should be raised in relation to their content and effect. The question marks arising from the regulations relating to the State Capture Commission range from those appointed to similarities with previous, unsuccessful […]

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How to sharpen up the State Capture Commission

CAPE TOWN — For me it’s always a tonic reading the analysis and advice of a top silk who devotes most of his waking hours to finding new legal ways of holding our State Capture political shysters accountable. Here Paul Hoffman SC, founder of Accountability Now, imagines how he’d compile the required first preliminary report of […]

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Lesufi: The SAHRC got it wrong on ‘race baiting’

Paul Hoffman says one of the rights guaranteed by the constitution is the right to bodily and psychological integrity. Bodily and psychological integrity are protected in the Bill of Rights A complaint to the SAHRC by John van der Berg and others has met with a strange and unexpected fate. The complaint is adequately summarized […]

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A few questions for Thuli Madonsela

It is not known whether the former Public Protector considered any comparative law when formulating her remedial action in the State of Capture report. The report is silent on this topic. Had she done so, she may have hesitated in acting as she did after pondering the Privy Council decision in Rajah Ratnagopal v Attorney […]

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Analysing the Analysis: Why co-operation across the political divide cannot work

The symptoms of what ails South Africa’s politics are correctly identified by Marianne Thamm in her analysis, “Desperate times require co-operation across South African political divides” – corruption, joblessness, poverty and inequality. The causes deserve consideration before all political parties jump into bed together and start soulfully singing Kumbaya. The actual origin of the saying […]

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