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RIP Minster Mkhize

This morning we woke up to the sad news of the death of Deputy Minister in the Presidency Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize. Mkhize was previously minister of higher education and training, and deputy minister of correctional services. She also served as commissioner at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Condolences to her family and her colleagues in …

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What you missed

What you missed A lot happened while we took our two-week break and we’ve been itching to break it down for you guys. So here goes: 🔹Zuma flies the coop Probably the biggest news while we were away was the bombshell on 5 September that former president Jacob Zuma was granted medical parole. He served …

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Poli-tricks

What’s a Wrap update without some political news? The office of the Presidency confirmed on Tuesday evening that former spokesperson Khusela Diko would return to work, but in a different position in the public service. She received a written warning from the presidency upon the conclusion of her disciplinary hearing. Diko was put on special …

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Accountability Monitor

EU returns J&J vaccines to South Africa We’ve told you about this before: In a weird and modern twist on colonialism, the contract between SA and Johnson & Johnson to fill-finish its vaccine had a loophole that required SA to give those doses to the European Union – which already had a stockpile. 😕 But …

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Bank for your Banksy buck

If you’re a fan of Banksy, London’s famously anonymous graffiti artist, you’ll remember how he punked the high-end art industry on a massive scale back in 2018. His famous image of a girl letting go of a red balloon sold for a cool £1m on auction at Sotheby’s. But as the sale concluded a secret …

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Party funding fail

This is the first election since the Political Funding Act of 2018 came into effect. We are pretty excited about this, because it will force parties to declare any funder amounts of more than R100 000, ushering in a new era of accountability. Or so we hoped. Last week Thursday the IEC released its first …

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Where fashion meets politics

The Met Gala took place in New York last week Monday and we loved watching celebs strut their stuff on the, um, beige carpet. 👀 Kim Kardashian’s all-black outfit complete with full face covering launched a thousand memes, But our winner was US socialist-leaning congresswomen, and all-round badass, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC, as she’s known by …

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