[Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2014/01/06/will-the-anc-collapse-financially-before-it-does-politically by Gareth van Onselen.]
LEGISLATION currently ensures the particulars of party political funding remain secret — no party is obliged to disclose who its donors are. To a large degree, this has served to distract the attention of the media and the public alike for there is much about party political funding that is not secret. This includes, in particular, the organisational structure, culture and mechanisms particular to raising money. These, too, tell a story. Read more
[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-01-06-2014-a-year-when-governments-big-guns-head-for-the-exit/#.UsqFNZrxvIU by Ranjeni Munusamy.]
While the elections will be the big political event of 2014 – provided of course that we do not have another presidential recall or an unfortunate incident at the Nkandla firepool which would require a new Number One to be installed (or Kgalema Motlanthe to come off the reserve bench again). But what happens after the elections? Who will be on the team at the top of the political food chain, and who will join the ranks of sad opinion writers and grumpy old men and women lamenting their glory days? Read more
[Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-01-02-anc-suppresses-real-history-to-boost-its-claim-to-legitimacy by Stephen Ellis.]
The ANC’s key statement of principles, the 1955 Freedom Charter, was written by white communists, writes Stephen Ellis.
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” Read more
[Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2014/0102/In-South-Africa-corrupt-prosecutors-an-ever-larger-problem by Jeremy Kutner.]
As nation readies for first elections without Nelson Mandela, top prosecutors are attacked for letting officials get away with murder. Literally.
Richard Mdluli, head of the crime intelligence section of the South African police, was first charged with murder, attempted murder, intimidation, and the kidnapping of a man who married his former lover. Six months later came money laundering charges, followed by charges of fraud, theft, and corruption. Read more
[Source: http://washingtonpost.com/business/economy/after-mandelas-death-anc-faces-growing-risk-of-losing-power-in-south-africa/2014/01/01/6e805736-6be2-11e3-b405-7e360f7e9fd2_story.html – by Steven Mufson and Sudarsan Raghavan]
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
5.1% y/y in September 2017 (CPI) & +4.2% y/y in August 2017 (PPI)
2.5% q/q for the 2nd quarter of 2017
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