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Quarterly Newsletter – October 2020

The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa – IFAISA View this email in your browser Making Accountability Matter in Southern AfricaSPRING NEWSLETTER 2020 A Cause For Optimism This SpringAs the pandemic begins to recede, hopefully not to return, and as spring blooms in the southern hemisphere, there is cause for optimism for the future. The […]

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Re-examining a long-overdue matter of conscience for the ANC

Opinionista • Paul Hoffman • 21 September 2020 It seems that the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) has learnt from the missteps taken at Polokwane in 2007 in relation to dissolving the Scorpions and to electing and protecting Jacob Zuma. The NEC’s commitment to the idea that corruption-busters must be given the space to operate […]

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Who enabled the Guptas?

As the contents of the Pandora’s Box of scandalous information tumbles out at the hearings of the Zondo Commission of Inquiry it is currently popular to hear of politicians in the Free State being blamed for enabling the Gupta family’s attempt to capture the State in SA. It is historically clear that Rome was sacked […]

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The UN at 75: With human rights under siege and grand corruption on the rise, does the world body have enough teeth?

Opinionista • Paul Hoffman • 20 September 2020 South Africa is not immune to these global trends. The disruptiveness of the EFF, led by fascist firebrand Julius Malema, is well documented. Xenophobia, or perhaps more accurately Afrophobia, is rife. The ability of the state to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights guaranteed to all […]

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LETTER: Humility is not good enough; ANC heads should roll

A state-funded flight to Zimbabwe while the rest of SA was under lockdown is a violation of the law 16 September 2020 – 14:20 https://app.speechkit.io/api/v2/projects/694/podcasts/iframe.html The moral compass of ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe was gyrating erratically on Tuesday as he attempted damage control in respect of the many and varied violations of the law […]

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Cyril’s ANC vs ANC NDR; what’s bubbling under the murky surface – Paul Hoffman

3rd September 2020 by Claire Badenhorst The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in late August aimed to discuss matters relating to corruption-charges against several of its members. President Cyril Ramaphosa played his cards well and survived an outright attempt to unseat him as leader of the ruling party. In this thought-provoking piece, Advocate Paul […]

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Anti-corruption developments in SA in August 2020

It is a given that success in countering grand corruption is a major factor in the future viability of SA. Recovery from the ravages of the pandemic and, before that, from the state capture project operated by the Zuma and Gupta families, among others, as well as honouring the constitutional commitment to upholding the supremacy […]

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Narrative report on activities of Accountability Now, the campaigning name of the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa, from September 2019 to August 2020

Litigation over the BAe arms deal The action instituted by the Quaker Peace Centre (nowrenamed the Cape Town Peace Centre) seekinginvalidation or cancellation of the BAe arms deal of 1999was procedurally delayed by the taking of a technicaldefence by the Government. It contended that it wasirregular to proceed by way of action and that the […]

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LETTER: Skilled law-making is surest way to stop weakness in criminal justice administration

There is no prospect of either the NPA or the Hawks being able to attract the right personnel in time to save SA from failure as a state 10 September 2020 – 13:11 https://app.speechkit.io/api/v2/projects/694/podcasts/iframe.html Picture: 123RF/SKYCINEMA During his televised marathon session with media notables on September 9, President Cyril Ramaphosa emphatically insisted that he is […]

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