[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]
[Source: http://world.time.com/2013/12/27/case-of-czech-gangster-reveals-south-africas-dark-criminal-underworld/ by Stephanie Findlay]
Rainbow nation or not, South Africa is battling a crime epidemic. Even as the country was in mourning for their beloved hero Nelson Mandela, Radovan Krejcir, a Czech businessman and fugitive, made headlines this month when he was denied bail. The towering 45-year-old — he stands well over 6’2 and is built like a truck — was arrested in November on charges of kidnapping and assault in connection with a botched 24 million rand ($2.3 million) crystal meth deal. Read more
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