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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Parliament: Zuma stands up to ConCourt Ruling, but there are more questions than answers

President Jacob Zuma effectively gave Speaker Baleka Mbete her marching orders against a secret ballot in the pending motion of no confidence. Pointing out during his Thursday Q&A in the House that the Constitutional Court earlier ruled the decision on a secret ballot was the Speaker’s, Zuma said he didn’t think the next no confidence motion in him should be dealt with any differently to previous ones, held by open vote. And Zuma argued he could not step down as the ANC has not asked him to do so. Finish and klaar. By MARIANNE MERTEN.

Scorpio and amaBhungane #GuptaLeaks: Direct evidence Gupta henchmen prepared fake race-baiting tweets

Scorpio has previously exposed how the Guptas and their British PR firm Bell Pottinger make use of fake social media profiles to disseminate a counter-narrative of “white monopoly capital” in order to defend their operations in South Africa. For those yet to be convinced, there is direct evidence from the #GuptaLeaks emails of one of the family’s lieutenants composing tweets for broadcast by fabricated Twitter accounts. By AMABHUNGANE and SCORPIO.

Secret ballot for What? Why Zuma can still laugh it off

Thursday, 22 June, 2017: A spectacular moment in time that brought together the three arms of the South African government in a triumph of constitutionalism and a sham of political accountability. While the Constitutional Court again shone as the nation’s true north, President Jacob Zuma used the platform of Parliament to display his invincibility. “Sit in peace,” Zuma told the opposition on the same day the Chief Justice eloquently spelt out the constitutional obligations on the president, the Speaker and MPs. The ANC’s reaction to the judgment is indicative of why Zuma remains indomitable. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

SCORPIO: In the non-surprise of the year, WMCLEAKS.com smear campaign tracked to a Gupta...

With the costly, UK-based PR spin doctors Bell Pottinger paid-up and shipped out, South Africa’s First Family, the Guptas, scrambled to find a replacement spin machine after damning revelations of their involvement in the capture of ministers and government officials, gleaned from #GuptaLeaks, began to be made public last month. Soon afterwards, several websites and Twitter accounts relating to “White Monopoly Capital” were launched and used to attack some of the Guptas' biggest opponents. Scorpio has identified one man associated with this fake news – former Gupta-owned Sahara Computers employee Saurabh Aggarwal. By SCORPIO.

Report: In appealing to elites, Malema mixes radicalism with new political savvy

Julius Malema walks into the South African Property Owners Association. It sounds like the beginning of a joke – or the opposite, a story that doesn’t end well. But the Commander-in-Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters has in recent times demonstrated an ability to package his radical message in a way that convinces even rich white people that they might just be able to get on board. Which is another way of saying that the Honourable Julius Malema has truly come of age as a politician. By REBECCA DAVIS.

FBI investigating Michigan airport stabbing as 'terrorism'

The FBI said it is investigating as an "act of terrorism" a knife attack on a Michigan airport police officer on Wednesday by a man yelling "Allahu Akbar." 

Op-Ed: Unpacking Radical Economic Transformation

Radical economic transformation is not a break with existing policy. It does not represent a new, uncertain path. Radical economic transformation indicates a new phase of accelerated implementation of the long-standing economic policy positions of the ANC and government. By CYRIL RAMAPHOSA.

Explosion rocks Brussels train station, suspect 'neutralised'

by Clément ZAMPA / Alex PIGMANAn explosion rocked the central train station in Brussels on Tuesday and a man was shot by security as scenes of terror returned to the European capital.

Let slip the Dogs of War: How beneficiaries of state capture are protecting their...

You have to hand it to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane – she took her time before dipping her toe in the firepool but certainly made a big splash when she jumped in. Her recommendation that the Constitution be amended to change the mandate and role of the South African Reserve Bank caused widespread shock and wreaked havoc on the markets. So what is the agenda behind this manoeuvre and are other people involved? Former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni rang the alarm bells, imploring that the “Dogs of War” not be unleashed on the country. But how else will the state capture project be protected if not through abusing the state machinery? By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

Analysis: Public Protector’s strange Absa report, and disturbing attack on Reserve Bank

On Monday the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, released the findings of her investigation into what is called the “CIEX Report”. It has, like so many things in our country, a long and complicated history. But she found that Absa should pay R1.15-billion to the fiscus. And then, strangely, she also found that the mandate of the Reserve Bank should change, from targeting inflation as it does now, to promoting economic growth. A finding the person who lodged the original complaint did not ask for. Your view of this is likely to rest on the answer to this question: Do you believe Busisiwe is acting independently? And, how does this not look like a new front in the battle between the Guptas, their friends in government, and the banks who have refused to provide them with certain services? By STEPHEN GROOTES.
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