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Dlamini-Zuma ‘could lose lockdown authority’ due to legal action

The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) is taking legal action against the government’s implementation of lockdown regulations, slamming the president and his chosen ministers for ‘an oversight of Parliament’. The group is pursuing the courts, with a specific focus on removing the ‘ultimate authority’ enjoyed by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

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How the cigarette ban backfired

What is more profitable than cocaine, heroin, marijuana or guns? Illegally trafficked cigarettes. For decades reputable tobacco companies have been complicit in cigarette smuggling. In a gripping Daily Maverick webinar, former SARS lawyer Telita Snyckers and Scorpio journalist Pauli van Wyk discussed the spies, lies and mega-profits of dirty tobacco.

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PANDA wants to be heard

Dr Harry Moultrie of SACMC’s article regarding its Epi Model for Covid was well received, suggesting a near-term release of their model’s assumptions and code, as we and others have been requesting for some time.

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Are we turning into a nation of thieves in SA?

The extent of the criminal looting of funds meant for various COVID-19 relief programmes has been revealed by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU). Signed up by Cyril Ramaphosa to probe various accusations of corruption during the pandemic, their first lines of inquiry expose how deep the rot has set in.

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Quo Vadis, Consensus? President Ramaphosa and the need for resolute action in near-apocalyptic times

Covid-19 has brought ever-increasing evidence that the leadership South Africa needs to extricate us from the current massive crisis is not present – and not available. The deadly combination of corruption and incompetence is anything but diminished in the post-Zuma years, and no political force, whether inside or outside the ANC, looks capable of stopping it. This increases the pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa to change course, and drop his reliance on consensus.

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