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Cyril Ramaphosa

Accountability Monitor: Another national police commissioner to face the music

The police commissioner plays an important role in South Africa. If our police minister is akin to the chairman of the board, the police commissioner is the CEO; they run the actual ship.  So it’s a real problem that the post has long been marked by corruption, infighting and plain incompetence. Several police commissioners have …

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The big story: Ramaphosa finally releases SIU findings on digital vibes

Remember that dodgy Digital Vibes contract? Former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize was forced to step down in August amid an uproar after his close associates bagged a R150m communications contract. It put President Cyril Ramaphosa under pressure and he put government’s Special Investigating Unit on the case – probably reluctantly as Mkhize was both a …

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19 August ’21 Wrap: South Africans aren’t getting vaccinated.

Hi there 🙋🏽‍♀️ In this week’s edition of The Wrap, we’re looking at how, of all things, vaccine hesitancy is scuppering our war against Covid. Plus, we explain the mess in Afghanistan and why you should care. Then there’s the good news for democracy, both in Zambia and right here at home thanks to the …

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The big story: Ramaphosa’s testifies to Zondo

The big story this week is President Ramaphosa returning to the State Capture Commission following his first appearance in April. Then, he was testifying in his capacity as President of the ANC, and he was criticised for being terribly vague. Ramaphosa’s second appearance, in his capacity as President of the country, was hotly anticipated.  His …

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12 August ’21 Wrap: A strong centre in Cyril’s new cabinet

Spring is coming and almost 10% of adults have been fully vaccinated in South Africa! Plus we were warmed by images of more than 100 South African firefighters arriving at Winnipeg’s international airport to help Canada fight its raging wildfires. They held the flag high and sang as they arrived. If only all news could …

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