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  • COSATU calls on President Zuma to resign

    By Tony | April 4, 2017

    4 April 2017

    COSATU calls on President Zuma to resign

    The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU) the largest trade union federation in South Africa and part of tripartite alliance with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP) has post the cabinet reshuffle which was announced on 30 March and on which it was not consulted called on President Zuma to step down.

    “COSATU no longer believes that the president is the right person to unite and lead the movement, the Alliance and the country. We think that after all his undeniable contribution to both the movement and government, the time has arrived for him to step down and allow the country to be led forward by a new collective at a government level…

    “We are currently experiencing a period of deep divisions within the ANC and we believe that the president’s lack of constructive engagement has added to such divisions, which impacts negatively to governance. He has also failed to deal with some of the most incompetent ministers in his cabinet, proving that this cabinet reshuffle was not based on merit but on political loyalty.”

    For the full statement go to http://www.cosatu.org.za/show.php?ID=12610

    The South African Communist Party (SACP) issued a strongly worded statement on 31 March on the cabinet reshuffle describing the President actions as reckless and the firing of competent Cabinet Ministers and the retention of incompetent ones as outrageous.

    “The Political Bureau of the SACP met in Gauteng today in the context of the deep crisis into which the reckless actions of President Zuma have once more plunged our ANC-led movement, our hard-won democratic institutions, and our country in general.

    The recall from an overseas trip of comrades Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas while on a promotional tour in South Africa’s interests, and now the firing of these comrades and other well-performing ministers is more than regrettable. It is frankly outrageous, particularly while the worst performers in cabinet continue to enjoy presidential protection and even, in some cases, promotion.”

    For the full statement go to http://www.sacp.org.za

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    South Africa: President Zuma reshuffles cabinet, sacks Minister of Finance and his deputy

    By Tony | March 31, 2017

    South Africa: President Zuma reshuffles cabinet, sacks Minister of Finance and his deputy.

    31 March 2017

    President Zuma has made many changes to his cabinet. It is a controversial reshuffle and the main focus is that he has dismissed the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan and his Deputy Mcebisi Jonas. The new Finance Minister is Malusi Gigaba who was the Home Affairs minister and prior to that Minister for Public Enterprise. Those supportive of President Zuma support the dismissal of Pravin Gordhan arguing he was a block on speeding up transformation of the economy so it delivered more and more quickly to the poor and disadvantaged in South Africa. However many others say Pravin Gordhan has been dismissed as he challenged waste and corruption and in particularly refused the treasury providing guarantees on loans in connection with a proposed $100 billion nuclear power programme and $624million leasing facility for South African Airways. They believe these are deals that those with strong connections to the President want to happen as they stand to benefit financially. Pravin Gordhan was known to be critical of the role and influence of the Gupta family on leading members of the government and ANC and some see his removal as strengthening their influence. The Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed concern at the dismissal of Pravin Gordhan but confirmed he would not resign from the cabinet. The General Secretary of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe said they were informed but not consulted on the changes and it felt as if the list of the changes had been drawn up elsewhere. He expressed concern that Ministers who were performing well had been dismissed and some who had not been kept in the cabinet.

    The cabinet reshuffle included many other changes with some ministers moving from one ministry to another.

    The reshuffle exposes widening rifts in the government and the ANC. A number of prominent veterans of the ANC including Rivonia trialist and close friend of Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, who served more than 26 years in prison and died on 28 March have called on President Zuma to resign. A number of civil society groups including Save South Africa are planning marches and symbolic acts also calling on the President to step down.

    The immediate impact of the cabinet reshuffle was to reduce the value of the rand on world markets and increase the cost of South Africa borrowing.

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    South Africa: Constitutional Court says President Zuma failed to “uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic.”

    By admin | April 1, 2016

    Nkandla (pictured below) is a private residence of President Zuma in KwazuluNatal. Significant upgrades were made to the property at public expense ostensibly to provide improved security there. A number of complaints were made to the Office of the Public Protector about the costs and scale of the work. The Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela investigated Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: State of Nation Address on 12 February marred by removal of some and jamming of cell phone signal

    By Tony | February 16, 2015

    President Zuma delivered the State of the Nation address on 12 February. It has been a set piece event with no questions but this year was Read the rest of this entry »

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    25th Anniversary of the Release of Nelson Mandela

    By Mark | February 11, 2015

    Message by President Jacob Zuma marking the 25th Anniversary of the release of Madiba

    Source: The Presidency

    Exactly 25 years ago… on the 11th of February, our late former President Nelson Mandela walked out of the Victor Verster prison as a free man after twenty seven years of imprisonment.

    This day therefore marked a giant Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angola Monitor Issue 1/15

    By Tony | February 9, 2015

    The Angola Monitor covers the politics, economics, development, democracy and human rights of Angola. It is published quarterly by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).

    This issue covers:
    Political News: MPLA Congress, Independence Day, Angola improving ties with USA and Portugal;
    Economic News: Public Sector Recruitment freeze, Angola perceived as most corrupt country in Southern Africa, Banco Espirito Santo Angola recapitalised;
    Human Rights News: Clampdown on Protests, Migrants arrested, British security guards acquitted over death of Angolan detainee
    Aid and Development News: Mine Clearance, Cunene Dam.

    This issue is also available in Portuguese. Read the rest of this entry »

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    O Monitor de Angola No 1, 2015

    By Tony | February 9, 2015

    O Monitor de Angola aborda política, economia, desenvolvimento, democracia e direitos humanos em Angola. É publicado trimestralmente pela Ação pela África Austral (ACTSA, sigla em inglês).

    Esta edição cobrirá:
    Política: Congresso do MPLA; Dia da Independência; Angola fortalece laços com os Estados Unidos e Portugal.
    Economia: Suspensão dos concursos de admissão para o setor público; Angola é percebida como o país mais corrupto da África austral; Banco Espírito Santo Angola é recapitalizado.
    Direitos humanos: Repressão a protestos; imigrantes presos, seguranças britânicos são absolvidos da morte de detento angolano.
    Ajuda e desenvolvimento: Desminagem; represa de Cunene. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Letter from Hobeni 20: The role of solidarity

    By Mark | December 12, 2014

    In my previous letters, I have tried to avoid making statements about party politics in South Africa.   But when the President of the country says publicly that the ANC, the governing party, is “in trouble”, it does seem that the issue is unavoidable.   I have only one problem.   It is very difficult, in a remote rural area like Hobeni, to keep a track on what exactly is Read the rest of this entry »

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    COSATU Deputy President’s Address to ACTSA Conference

    By Mark | November 3, 2014

    Keynote address by Tyotyo James, 1st Deputy President of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, to Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), formerly the Anti-Apartheid Movement

    1 November 2014

    Thank you for inviting me to address this important gathering, celebrating the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa. I bring greetings and best wishes from the National Office Bearers and 2.2 million members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions – COSATU.

    I must begin by thanking all those in the Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: 20 Years of Freedom

    By Tony | April 26, 2014

    South Africa marks 20 years as a democratic country in 2014. 27 April is Freedom Day, the anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections.

    What has happened? What has been achieved? What are the key challenges South Africa faces?

    This new briefing paper from ACTSA to mark the anniversary provides Read the rest of this entry »

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