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News24.com | Helen Zille: 10 years of court battles to ‘Stop Zuma’ finally pay off

2019-10-14 05:00 It is sobering to think that South Africa’s “nine wasted Zuma years” (and an estimated $50bn lost to corruption) might have been avoided had he faced charges related to the arms deal earlier, writes Helen Zille. So, it’s finally official: Jacob Zuma will have his day in court. This is what he always demanded, but did everything possible to avoid, spending about R18m of public money on lawyers’ fees in the process. For its part, the Democratic Alliance (DA) spent around R3m (through eight court appearances) since 2009,…

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Ethiopian PM Bags Nobel Peace Prize, Buhari, What Legacy Will You Leave Behind? By Fredrick Nwabufo

One man can induce rippling change in a system. One man can stop illegal detention, arrests, and govern the impulse to clamp down on free speech and citizens’ rights. One man can rebuild relationships and cause harmony to exist among disparate peoples. That man is the president; if only he is willing. In Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, the young, charismatic prime minister, has effectuated expansive reforms in the country. He brooks opposition and harbours no political prisoner. In fact, one of his first assignments after becoming prime minister was to order…

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News24.com | OPINION: Zuma’s day in court shows there’s light at the end of the corruption tunnel

2019-10-13 07:34 The significance of pursuing Zuma cannot be exaggerated. This will serve as affirmation of our democracy being governed by the rule of law, writes Tebogo Khaas. The choreography of disgraced former president Jacob Zuma’s comeuppance couldn’t have been better scripted even for a big-budget Martin Scorsese thriller.  Awful and dreary this epoch may be, there is light at the end of the Zuma-inspired tunnel of corruption. Let me explain.  On Friday, a full Bench of the Pietermaritzburg High Court unanimously dismissed Zuma’s application for a permanent stay of…

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News24.com | FIRST TAKE: Jacob Zuma, the Rolling Stones and just deserts

“No, you can’t always get what you want; You can’t always get what you want; You can’t always get what you want; But if you try sometime, you find; You get what you need…” – ‘You can’t always get what you want’, written by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. It’s been a long, hard and expensive slog, but next week former president Jacob Zuma will finally get what he’s always wanted: his day in court. On Friday the High Court in Pietermaritzburg gave a muscular smack to Zuma and his nigh…

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Thinking With You…Buhari As An Old Unrepentant Ruthless Despot By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Great footage is the key to any good documentary. It is impossible to make historical films without it. Wole Soyinka’s article, “The Crimes of Buhari”, published before the 2015 presidential elections, is a gold mine of documentary footage of the sins of Buhari why he’s not a good president. The character analysis of Buhari in his days as head of state by WS proves hypnotic. It gives us a rare snapshot of the man as a president. As we continue with the tyrannical rule of Buhari, we should be ready…

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Spoken Word: President Buhari’s Choice Of Sadiya Umar Farouq By Hannatu Musawa

At the core of the Next Level Agenda that characterized the manifestoof President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term was the policy to lift 100million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. The thrust of this isthe care of victims of the vast humanitarian crises that Nigeria hasbeen confronted with. It goes without saying that there’s no shortage of challenges ahead:For well over a decade now, Nigeria has been embroiled in a hugehumanitarian emergency occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency,sectarian crisis, herders and farmers’ clashes, man made and naturaldisasters, banditry, erosion due…

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News24.com | ANALYSIS | Race, redress and liberalism: How the DA lost its way

Helen Zille’s return to DA politics is a clear and unabashed challenge to the Mmusi Maimane doctrine. There are stark differences between two prevailing schools of thought in the party: one a traditional liberalism, the other a form of modernist pragmatism. Only one will survive, writes Pieter du Toit. Helen Zille wasn’t seriously contemplating returning to active politics, she said exactly two weeks ago Friday, sitting and drinking coffee in the shade at the Aardklop National Arts Festival in Potchefstroom. She was enjoying retirement, she said, and explained how she…

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News24.com | Mpumelelo Mkhabela: Why the DA must resist a push for a turn to the right

2019-10-11 07:00 The battle for the soul of the DA is primarily about the failure to manage diversity. The supposed liberals argue that race is irrelevant. But how they hope to obliterate race boggles the mind, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela. When the ANC is factionalised, infiltrated by proponents of state capture, oiled by corruption and, consequently, unable to run the government properly, all South Africans must be worried. You do not have to be an ANC member or supporter to be concerned. It is about the country. To be an ANC member…

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News24.com | Luyolo Mphithi: The DA is not in crisis, it is coming of age

2019-10-11 07:00 The DA is not in a crisis, it is coming of age. There is no other political party in the country that is asking itself how to achieve “One South Africa For All”. Never before has the DA had to deal with a conversation of what it’s offer is and how it speaks to all South Africans. This is because the DA has become a serious political contender in South African politics which was never the case previously, writes Luyolo Mphithi. The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has…

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News24.com | Adriaan Basson: Gupta sanctions a sign that justice is back on track

2019-10-11 08:30 The confidence with which the US department of treasury announced sanctions against the Guptas should be a boost for the NPA to bring the brothers and their political enablers to book, writes Adriaan Basson. Yes, it would have been nicer had South Africa made the first move, but the sanctions issued by the United States (US) against the Gupta brothers and Salim Essa are a sign that justice is back on track. The justice department and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), that had been captured by Zuma loyalists for…

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