SARS: This is the inside story - Adrian Lackay by Adrian Lackay, 23 April 2015

2 September 2016

Submission from Adrian Lackay, former South African Revenue Service spokesperson, to Yunus Carrim, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Intelligence and Cornelia September, Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, March 25 2015

24 March 2015

The Honourable Mr Yunus Carrim

Chairperson of: the Standing Committee on Finance

The Honourable Ms Cornelia September

Chairperson of: the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence

Per e-mail:

Dear Madam/Sir

South Africa’s armed struggle: where the ANC’s ineptitude was a virtue by Howard Barrell (The Conversation), 10 July 2016, University of Pretoria

31 August 2016

Whatever the virtues of South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) – we are assured it still has a few – it was never any good at armed struggle. And no more comprehensive support for that judgment has been assembled than the valuable new book, “Umkhonto we Sizwe: The ANC’s Armed Struggle”, by the University of Pretoria’s Thula Simpson.

Two negotiators, ten days, six meetings, four deals — inside the talks that changed South Africa by Jan-Jan Joubert (Rand Daily Mail), 22 August 2016

23 August 2016

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and the DA's James Selfe give fascinating insight into what happened in six crucial meetings

Six meetings over ten days at different locations in Gauteng following the sensational local government election results of 3 August have changed the face and dynamic of South African politics, maybe forever.

South Africa’s Coming Two-Party System by Sean Jacobs & Benjamin Fogel, (Jacobin), 15 August 2016

17 August 2016

South African president Jacob Zuma often boasts that the African National Congress (ANC) “will rule until Jesus comes back.” Voters have consistently given it clear majorities in national, provincial, and local elections since 1994, when South Africa first made the transition to democracy. A certain level of hubris may have been inevitable.

Navigating Gwede's Fog by Daryl Glaser, 12 August 2016, Department of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand; Johannesburg

15 August 2016

No one is fooled. When ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe complains that the local government voting system has been unfair to the ANC, we know that what he is actually doing - he is making excuses for the fact that the ANC has lost absolute political control in crucial metropolitan municipalities. He is complaining about the rules after the game is over. If that's just being a sore loser, more sinister is his threat to change the voting system to one that enables the ANC to do better.

Voters may act if ANC fails to uproot patronage by Steven Friedman (BDlive), 10 August 2016

10 August 2016

EITHER city voters will get the ANC leadership they want by 2019, or the party may well no longer govern the country on its own. The ANC’s huge setback does not change the reality that, for a while yet, what happens in the governing party will shape politics here.

In depth: Local elections 2016

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What the 2016 Election Means for 2019 by Gareth Van Onselen (BDlive), 08 August 2016

10 August 2016

THE days that follow an election result are fraught with rhetoric and hyperbole, as political parties battle to frame the results on their terms. One needs to step away from all of this to provide a more sober reading of the numbers and what they mean. Typically, when one does this, the final statistics cut something of a contrast with the grand claims that mark the post-election environment more generally.

What do the results mean for the 2019? The top line numbers tell a particular story in this regard.

Electoral tremors are shaking South Africa’s ANC. How will it respond? (The Conversation), 01 August 2016

2 August 2016

South Africa’s election 2016 local election signals change. For the first time in the country’s democratic era since 1994, in this tenth major electoral event, the governing ANC is facing the prospects of losing its dominance in several strategically important centres.

Lethargic Numsa may have missed its political moment by Natasha Marrian (BdLive), 14 July 2016

14 July 2016

Numsa members strike. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
AUGUST’s local government elections are aptly billed as the most difficult elections to read since 1994. This is, in many ways, a by-product of a decade of turbulence and considerable shifts in the body politic.

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