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Nkandla spat a symptom of chasm between two systems

A LOT of dust and dirt has been and will be kicked up around the spat (over security enhancements to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead) between Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the African National Congress (ANC)-led alliance, which dominates both the National Assembly and the executive branch of government. Rather than becoming bogged down in […]

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Marikana: State must do the right thing now and accept civil liability

THE publication in the Government Gazette of the hard copy of the report of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the incidents at Marikana in 2012 presents a suitable opportunity to reassess the reams of commentary critical of the findings of the commission. It seems that, in their understandable haste to respond to the publication […]

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Accountability Now has today written to the President and the Minister of Justice calling upon the President to take disciplinary action against three deputy national directors of public prosecutions

The President Tuynhuys Private Bag X1000 Cape Town 8000   Copied to Minister Masutha By email   22nd July 2015   Dear Mr President, RE: Your failure to institute an enquiry into the fitness for office of three Deputy National Directors of Public Prosecution in order to ascertain whether or not they should be removed […]

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Is it criminal to pay our head prosecutor to resign?

Weekend press reports suggest that Freedom Under Law is considering civil litigation concerning the constitutionality of the recent engagements between the President and our freshly resigned National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana. The law is clear: section 179 of the Constitution itself prescribes that the President, as head of the national executive, appoints the […]

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IFAISA objects to Zuma’s presidential candidacy March 2014

The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa (IFAISA) lodged an official objection to President Jacob Zuma’s candidacy for the presidency with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Sunday. “We don’t know of a precedent where the presidential candidate was objected to,” the institute’s director Paul Hoffman told the Mail & Guardian. “We are venturing into […]

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Nation’s entire constitutional project is now in jeopardy

THE executive branch of the government has allowed fugitive President Omar al-Bashir to flee via Air Force Base Waterkloof. Now the country finds itself in the invidious position of running with the hare (by supporting Bashir in the face of a court order interdicting his departure) and hunting with the hounds who seek his arrest […]

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