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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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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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LETTER: Courting inconsistency

While two recent landmark and unanimous full-bench high court judgments are welcome for their outcomes, there is a worrisome inconsistency in reasoning between the two. In the review of the president’s decision to “dis-appoint” Mxolisi Nxasana as national director of public prosecutions the court, rightly so, ruled out the president as the appointer of a […]

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An anti-corruption court and a TRC for the corrupt – really?

It is reported that the Catholic Bishops Conference favours the establishment of a specialised anti corruption court, while the SA Council of Churches is flirting with the idea of a TRC type process for the corrupt. Both of these proposals have the constitutionalists reaching for the eau de pippleparrot. Proposals that are not carefully thought […]

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

CITY OF CAPE TOWN   31 AUGUST 2017 STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE City, Public Protector and SA Human Rights Commission inspect work in Masiphumelele Today I visited Masiphumelele with the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and the South African Human Rights Commissioner, Chris Nissen, to inspect and report on the work that […]

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Ethics commission or Integrity Commission?

The problem at the core of the cancer of corruption currently choking the prospects of peace, progress and prosperity in South Africa is that the incidence of the malady increases in direct proportion to the chances of not being caught. Ismail Lagardien, writing for Daily Maverick, raises some vital questions and interesting comparative law in […]

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Hoffman scotches Gordhan’s demand for KPMG to fund an anti-corruption unit

CAPE TOWN — Founding director of Accountability Now, Paul Hoffman, SC, applies his considerable legal acumen to the newly-popular call for KPMG to ‘make good,’ on its country-devastating Zuptoid collusion by funding and setting up a private corruption-busting unit. It’s a bracingly cold reality check for the passionate proponents of the idea by a man […]

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