[Source: http://ewn.co.za/2014/03/27/Bizos-wants-attacks-on-Madonsela-to-end by Alex Eliseev.]
With a week left for President Jacob Zuma to respond to the Nkandla report, renowned human rights lawyer George Bizos has called for an end to the criticism being levelled against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
In the latest attack, the ANC’s Chief Whip Stone Sizani on Wednesday accused Madonsela of overstepping her boundaries and playing politics. Read more
Bashing business for votes – New legislation may save the ANC votes but will chase away foreign investment.
AS THE May 7th elections draw closer, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) seems increasingly troubled by a challenge to its left flank from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Read more
[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-03-27-marikana-commission-a-cop-who-stands-for-truth-and-accountability/#.UzRtdLmKDIV by Greg Nicolson & Thapelo Lekgowa.]
It’s hard to imagine a story that could snatch headlines from Oscar Pistorius and Nkandla, but Lieutenant Colonel Salmon Vermaak has put the Marikana massacre back on the front page. The air-wing commander had a bird’s eye view of the events and having broken ranks with the top brass, he’s now flying solo. The dissident cop describes a Marikana operation of incompetence, brutality and cover-ups that reach the highest levels of South African policing. Read more
[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-03-27-the-truth-elusive-shell-house-massacre-20-years-later/#.UzVDc4waySN by Greg Marinovich.]
That seminal year of 1994 leaps into the mind’s eye like it were just yesterday, yet infants born that year have since mysteriously developed into voting adults. GREG MARINOVICH looks back at Shell House, a massacre of Inkatha Freedom Party loyalists in the run-up to the elections that could have forever altered South Africa’s future. Read more
[Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/25/us-safrica-defence-exclusive-idUSBREA2O10U20140325 by Wendell Roelf]
(Reuters) – South Africa’s cash-strapped armed forces are in a “critical state of decline” that will take at least a decade to fix even with urgent action, according to a military strategy review seen by Reuters. It said “neglect” of defense capability could impact everything from border security to trade and constrain Pretoria’s continental peace-keeping and diplomatic ambitions. Read more
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