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How State Capture Commission could implode through legal challenges

CAPE TOWN — Three things become blindingly clear from Paul Hoffman’s legally-astute analysis of the impending State Capture judicial commission, (SCC). One is that those calling for its expansion to cover shenanigans predating our democratic elections are myopic ideologues and/or Zuptoids bent on sinking it. Another is that the commission itself needs to quickly get […]

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Zuma’s state capture inquiry announcement: Commission or charade?

The carefully crafted announcement by the President regarding the intended appointment of a commission of inquiry into state capture has received a mixed reception mainly because it is well known that turkeys don’t vote for Christmas. Consider these presidential weasel words:  “I have considered this matter … carefully, including the unprecedented legal implications of the […]

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Water, law and the constitution

It is quite remarkable that SA’s mother city, surrounded as it is by a vast ocean, pristine before the direct disposal of semi-treated sewage in it, yet blessed with vast untapped aquifers, should be water-stressed. Every day copious amounts of grey water and effluent are discharged into the sea either down the drains or via […]

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SABC could face class action on pre-paid TV licence fees

Cape Town – The SABC’s finances are in such bad shape that it may well end up unable to meet its financial obligations and this will have a negative impact on people who have paid their television licence fees in advance, Advocate Paul Hoffman SC, director of Accountability Now, said on Monday. Accountability Now – […]

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‘Number One, your time is up’

IT IS not just that the President has had three litigious reversals in the last month, nor that he regards accountability as an unnecessary detail; it is not even that he is a complete stranger to the rule of law and constitutional democracy. No; actually, the crunch is that the consequence of him losing impeachment […]

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What is to be done about corruption?

Paul Hoffman says there needs to be a national Integrity Commission, housed in Chapter Nine of Constitution.   Corruption is a crime; it follows that the criminal justice administration is or ought to be the appropriate vehicle for dealing with corruption. It is reported in the media on 3 January 2018 that the ANC Veterans […]

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Ramaphosa can set up state capture inquiry himself – Accountability Now

Cape Town – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa would be within his rights to launch a commission of inquiry into state capture independently of President Jacob Zuma, according to the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa. Launching the inquiry, and tackling both state and private sector corruption, were among six broad priorities that the institute, also known […]

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The hands that rocked the securocrats’ cradle

Pauw and Myburgh may regard themselves as the authors being unfairly discriminated against by the servants of the feral elite whose exploits they have chosen to chronicle. They may be on a less sticky wicket if they choose to go on the front foot for a nice cover drive or two. Either way, their sales […]

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