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Lessons to learn from SA state capture inquiries

March 29, 2016


South Africa can maintain with conviction that the country has "been there, done that" when it comes to manipulated commissions of inquiry into allegations of state capture. More than 50 years ago a massive scandal about the control the Afrikaner Broederbond (AB) secret society exercised over government was successfully fudged.

Patronage: rotting social fabric from within

March 29, 2016


Skeletons seem to be rattling around in several ministerial closets in South Africa at the moment in what appears to be a case of political patronage gone severely toxic. But there is nothing new in patronage, in business, both legitimate and illegitimate buying — or trying to buy — the favours of politicians, judges, police […]

SA unions bid to ‘save the country’

March 18, 2016


Two names now epitomise the specific economic problems and political turmoil South Africa finds itself in: Zuma and Gupta. This was also underlined a week ago during the investment roadshow to Britain and the United States headed by finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

The new spectre stalking the world

March 12, 2016


Only a truly democratic organisation with a clear programme of action and co-operative policies to match may be able to provide hope of an alternative way forward in a world being driven along what is an increasingly rocky path to potential devastation.

The real message of International Women’s Day

March 6, 2016


Tuesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day (IWD). It comes at a time of ongoing global economic crisis and when we, in South Africa, face further massive job losses, turmoil on the university campuses and in the labour movement. Perhaps, as never before, has the real message of the founders of IWD been more pertinent.