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The Powers of the Public Protector

A deputy minister, the chief whip of the ANC in parliament and a host of its supporters seem to think that the office of the Public Protector is some sort of advisory body that reports to parliament on the basis that parliament may “take or leave” the recommendations contained in reports. The Nkandla debacle has […]

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The Sad Case Of Police Captain Renate Barnard

Oceans of printers ink and even larger volumes of band-width in cyberspace have been devoted to picking over the September 2014 judgments delivered by the Constitutional Court in a matter that has been wending its way through the courts for nine years: the sad case of Captain Renate Barnard of the South African Police Service […]

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Has The Tide Turned On President Zuma?

It is beyond question that the presidency of Jacob Zuma, shortly after the start of his second term, is sailing in murky and troubled waters. His role in the Nkandla debacle and the Lesotho coup are but the latest in a series of events which must have his spin-doctor, Mac Maharaj, tearing his hair out […]

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Ending Life with Dignity, Mental Illness, Suicide and Shame

The current topicality of the subject of dignified death (euthanasia is a term for the SPCA) has been sparked by two senior Anglican clergymen, Archbishops Emeritus Carey and Tutu, both of whom have expressed themselves in favour of the proposition that help in ending unwanted suffering consensually is a better proposition than a long, lingering […]

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Objection to the Zuma Presidential Candidacy

The first meeting of the National Assembly after an election has the functions of swearing in members and then electing the president from among its number. The first meeting of the National Assembly after an election has the functions of swearing in members and then electing the president from among its number. The 400 elected […]

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IFAISA Launches Petition to Recall Zuma

The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa (IFAISA) this week launched a petition to recall President Zuma as South African presidential candidate. The Institute believes that given the compromised position in which Jacob Zuma finds himself in relation to the Public Protector’s Nkandla report, South Africans deserve a better candidate from the ANC. Paul Hoffman, […]

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Homelessness In The New South Africa

The lot of street people, street children, collectively “the homeless” is a terrible and hard-to-face indictment of the caring, compassionate and human rights oriented ethos of the new dispensation in South Africa. Those living in doorways, under bridges, on pavements and in abandoned buildings have a hard life. The indignity of it all cries out […]

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Poo Politicking Goes Around The Bend

Wednesday 5 February 2014 is a day that will live in infamy in the annals of the history of Cape Town. Two events, and the very average conduct of some present at both of them will ensure that. A turning point in the promotion of participative democracy was reached and the slope ahead looks somewhat […]

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