FIRST THE STATE, NOW THE PARTY

In the corruption update last August, I wrote: ‘One must distinguish between what the state is doing and what the ANC is doing or not doing. President Ramaphosa has clearly put the state on a new trajectory. It is important that the ANC now follows suit.’ Nine months later, in the past week, this is exactly what happened. Ace Magashule was suspended pending the outcome of his corruption court case…

SONA 2021 focused on COVID-19, Vaccines & Economic Recovery, but lacked details

Highlights _________________________________________________________________________________ • The State of the Nation Address (Sona) 2021 contained no new plans. • It focused on combatting COVID-19, its variant and securing vaccines, as well as implementing the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. • The emphasis was on infrastructure rollouts, an increase in local production (import substitution), employment stimulus and an increase in electricity generation. • Other issues discussed included plans to fight corruption and gender-based violence.…