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The economy, stupid.

3 August 2019 By Paul Hoffman Although the phrase “it’s the economy stupid” has found its way into the lexicon of politics worldwide, in fact, the Clinton campaign strategist who came up with the notion in Clinton’s successful 1992 campaign for the US presidency actually said “The economy, stupid” when asked to identify the three […]

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Busi Must Go

5 August, 2019 by Paul Hoffman The brouhaha surrounding the credibility and suitability for high office of the current Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has reached a crescendo of ugly noise in which the facts and applicable legal principles seem to be playing an increasingly irrelevant role. In order to concentrate the minds of those involved […]

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Firing another two barrels at PP Busisiwe Mkhwebane

7 August 2019 Paul Hoffman Joining us now is Paul Hoffman from Accountability. Paul you’re a popular guy. Lots of people wanted to get hold of you today, not surprising because you have launched another two barrels at the Public Protector. When we spoke a couple of weeks ago you had put forward a proposal […]

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Why Accountability Now has laid charges against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

Opinionista • Paul Hoffman • 5 August 2019 • DailyMaverick The brouhaha surrounding the credibility and suitability for high office of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has reached a crescendo of ugly noise in which the facts and applicable legal principles seem to be playing an increasingly irrelevant role. In order to concentrate the minds of […]

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Prosecution service can start going after bigwigs among the corrupt

Suspects in grand corruption were not investigated and prosecuted as they should have been 30 July 2019 – 05:10 Paul Hoffman Speaking at an event organised in memory of the late Kader Asmal, our new National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shamila Batoyi, pointed out, quite rightly, that those in the prosecution service over the past […]

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Illegal tinkering with the Constitution is dangerous and could be costly to those who do so

Opinionista • Paul Hoffman • 30 July 2019 The best interests of South Africa are served by the retention of the status quo. Expropriation with compensation is more likely to render the economic development of South Africa sustainable than expropriation without compensation ever will. The parliamentary processes around what is euphemistically called “expropriation without compensation” […]

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Removing Mkhwebane from the advocates roll not a tall order – Advocate Hoffman

Public litigation institute Accountability Now director Advocate Paul Hoffman said on Monday that to have its plea to the Legal Practice Council (LPC) to strike Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane off the roll of advocates heeded, is “not a tall order”. Advocate Hoffman spoke to Polity in an exclusive interview referencing the recent Constitutional Court judgment, […]

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Zuma’s Zondo rambles may yet zap him – Hoffman

24th July 2019 by Chris Bateman Paul Hoffman, SC, applies his astute legal mind to former President Jacob Zuma’s evasive testimony with its shoal of red herrings and shot through with half-truths, extracting clues as to what Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo might find. The founder of Accountability Now starts by outlining, chapter and verse, several […]

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The powers of the Public Protector

By Paul Hoffman* Now that the high jinks of Busisiwe Mkhwebane, our current Public Protector, have been characterised as both dishonest and indicative of her incompetence by our highest court and by our long-suffering and chronically persecuted Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, it is an opportune time to take stock of what should be […]

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