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Political intimidation & murders

[Source: Business Day Live –  Editorial.]

This week Mxolisi Nxasana, the national director of public prosecutions, vacated his post “by mutual agreement” with the president. He was barely two years into his 10-year term, so a financial settlement was likely, especially since he was not removed after an inquiry — as required by law. Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Stephen Grootes.]

The Presidency has now confirmed that the National Prosecuting Authority, once again, is without a permanent head. Mxolisi Nxasana is now leaving, after “reaching a settlement” with the Presidency. His predecessor, Menzi Simelani, of course should never have been appointed in the first place, as he was not “fit and proper” for the position. Nxasana himself is leaving after President Jacob Zuma started, but then cancelled, an inquiry into whether he was fit for office. This final decision tell us many things about the NPA, confirms once again many suspicions about Zuma, and suggests, again, that Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba is protected by the highest person in the land. In one sentence, down the rabbit hole we go, deeper and deeper.

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[Source: BBC by Andrew Harding.]

The offence itself was bad enough – an orgy of overspending by obsequious officials and conniving contractors who managed to spend 246m rand ($21.7m, £14.3m) of public money lavishly upgrading South African President Jacob’s Zuma’s private homestead, Nkandla.

That is nearly 10 times what taxpayers spent on Nelson Mandela’s two homes, and 20 times what it cost to secure Thabo Mbeki’s house. Read more

[Source: Thoughtleader by Thabang Motsohi.]

The appointment of Danny Jordaan as the new mayor of the troubled Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is interesting from two perspectives. First it demonstrates the central weakness in our electoral system ie that the will of the people is subordinate to the interests of the governing party. Jordaan was parachuted to this role, he wasn’t even on the party list in the last election. Second, it confirms that factionalism has become a malignant cancer destroying the party from within. It’s eroding its ability to uphold good governance practices that are critical and central to the efficient delivery of vital social services. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.1% y/y in March 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
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