October 19, 2019

Have we at last heard the end of the protracted disciplinary process against suspended Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana after the Speaker accepted recommendations by the disciplinary committee that he be summarily dismissed after being found guilty of serious misconduct? Possibly, but also possibly not.

The Executive Secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC), LAWSON NAIDOO, introduces the term ‘lawfare’, which was coined to describe the political strategy that emerged when diverse civil society groups joined forces with the courts, in particular the Constitutional Court, in the fight against state capture and corruption.

South Africans across the board will be comforted to know that the NHI pilot projects that were reported to have failed were in fact “not NHI pilots” at all. They were “health system strengthening projects” implemented in the NHI pilot districts, according to the Minister of Health in response to a question in the National Council of Provinces in September.

Women activists who have been conducting countrywide protests since the peak in femicide and violence against women in September have released an appeal to the government to use a portion of the additional funding set aside by President Cyril Ramaphosa to increase and strengthen shelters for abused women and children.

The Economic Freedom Fighters, who pose as pugilistic revolutionaries afraid of nothing and no one, have now "banned" Daily Maverick, Scorpio, and amaBhungane from all of their events. For an organization that has a ‘War Council’ and a ‘Commander-in-Chief’, this appears to be a panic move.

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