Concourt: Speaker has the powers to p...

The Constitutional Court has ordered that Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete has the constitutional power to prescribe a secret ballot vote for a motion of no confidence in the president. The judgment was penned by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who read out on Thursday the unanimous decision the justices had reached. In court papers, Mbete argued […]

State capture fails the black middle ...

POLITICS South Africa’s middle class (white and black) has always been a creation of the state, but the method used to create a white middle class differs from the one followed in creating a black middle class. During the first decade of the 20th century, although there were pockets of industrial activity in Johannesburg, on […]

The connection between Grenfell and F...

In the past week, two very different atrocities have taken place in the early hours of a weeknight morning in London: the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower and the racist attack on the Muslim community in Finsbury Park. After both, there was a rush to depoliticise what had happened. But neither just sprung up out of thin […]

Tax evasion and dirty money are drain...

Tax evasion benefits individuals to the detriment of society, wiping out state services. It also hampers the achievement of the eight United Nations millennium development goals (MDGs), which were designed to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people. If tax evasion takes place in the grey area between legality and illegality – such as […]

Absa to take public protector report ...

Absa is seeking a high court review of the public protector’s report on a bailout the bank received during the apartheid years. Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that Absa is liable to pay back R1.125-billion, but Absa refutes this. The bank accused Mkhwebane of making “numerous misrepresentations and factual inaccuracies” to back up her findings, according to its statement on […]

​Gauteng approves abattoir, threateni...

Why can’t I read this article?This article is considered premium content, which is available to subscribers only during the week of publication under the Mail & Guardian’s content embargo system. It’s our way of showing M&G subscribers that we appreciate their support. How does the content embargo system work? As a reader, you’re able to […]

​Gulf crisis reverberates through the...

When Saudi Arabia and its allies severed diplomatic relations with Qatar earlier this month, the fate of the Ras Doumeira is unlikely to have figured high in their complex geostrategic calculations. And yet, on this barren, contested strip of land in the Horn of Africa, the ongoing Gulf Crisis threatens to dismantle nearly a decade […]

Corrupt state owned enterprises lie a...

The prevailing economic crisis sweeping through South Africa is a direct result of economic mismanagement largely shaped by the looting of state owned enterprises. Many are in deep trouble. Sheer incompetence and corruption has pushed entities like South African Airways and the South African Broadcasting Corporation closer to financial collapse. Serious questions are being asked […]

Ranjith Kally, our unremembered remin...

I had forgotten how verdant Durban is: how lusciously green and warm it remains even in the winter. From the airport on the north coast, boundless fields of sugar cane stand at attention, giving way, gradually, to shacks, houses and factories as the freeway heads towards the Indian suburb of Reservoir Hills where the funeral […]

Bhekisisa, M&G journalists nab to...

Journalists from the Mail & Guardian and Bhekisisa the M&G’s Centre for Health Journalism took home top prizes on Friday as part of the annual health journalism awards.  Bhekisisa senior multimedia journalist Demelza Bush took home top honours in the video category for their documentary on conditions for those awaiting trial at Cape Town’s Pollsmoor Prison. The […]

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