Zuma suspends Phiyega

Police commissioner General Riah Phiyega has been suspended while an inquiry into her fitness to hold office is conducted, the Presidency announced on Wednesday afternoon.  “The suspension is to endure pending any decision that is made following upon the recommendations of the Board of Inquiry into allegations of misconduct, her fitness to hold office and her capacity to execute official duties efficiently,” a statement reads. 

Analysis: The SAPS need more than prayer – they need a leader

News that a ministerial task team is to investigate whether Riah Phiyega is fit to hold office proves that T.B. Joshua is not the only prophet around. When the new national police commissioner was appointed (two years ago) we all warned this would happen. A year later, we warned again. For ALEX ELISEEV the latest headlines have a sad, familiar ring to them. Today is the police’s National Prayer Day. Seriously. There’s even a media event and everything.

Zuma probes Phiyega

President Jacob Zuma has ordered a ministerial probe into the conduct of under-fire national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega, barely two years after she was appointed the country’s top cop. The Sunday Independent has established, through several sources, that Zuma issued the instruction to Police Minister Nathi Nhleko before his departure for a UN meeting in New York last week to put together a ministerial committee to look into allegations of misconduct against Phiyega.

Spy tapes hold key to Zuma’s fate

President Jacob Zuma could be in danger of facing prosecution on corruption charges again if it is proved that the “spy tapes” were not the basis for dropping charges against him. But reinstituting the charges is not going to be a simple process because the stakes would be very high for the president and the ANC. This is the view of constitutional law and political experts after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria finally handed over the recordings to the DA.

Duduzane Zuma to be questioned after deadly crash

The police are expected to question the president’s son after his car was allegedly involved in an accident that killed one and injured two. President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane was expected to be questioned by police this week after he allegedly crashed into a taxi which killed a woman and critically injured two other people, the Sunday Times reported. Phumzile Dube (30) was killed in the accident, which happened last Saturday night on Grayston Drive in Sandton, Johannesburg, the newspaper reported. The taxi driver and a 72-year-old woman were criticallyRead More

Multi-million rand Zuma security lapse

While there has been much fuss about security at President Jacob Zuma’s personal abode at Nkandla, things have fallen apart on that front at his official provincial residence in KwaZulu-Natal. There is a gaping hole in the 4m-high, multi-million-rand bullet-proof security fence erected in 2009 to beef up security around the historic John L Dube House – former-ly King’s House – in Morningside, Durban. The fence, part of an installation that was believed to have cost taxpayers R50 million, has been in that state since before Christmas, according to readersRead More

Joemat-Pettersson should be disciplined for fishy R800 million tender: Madonsela

President Jacob Zuma should institute disciplinary measures against Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Thursday. The awarding of an R800 million tender for fisheries patrol services to the Sekunjalo Marine Service Consortium (SMSC) was irregular, Madonsela said in Pretoria. “The president is to consider taking disciplinary action against the minister for her reckless dealing with state money and services which resulted in fruitless and wasteful expenditure,” she said.

No1 ‘dragging us down’

As the ruling party pointed fingers at the public protector’s office yesterday for the leaking of the Nkandla report, another investigation revealed that South Africa has fallen to its worst ranking on a global measure of corruption. The spending on improvements to President Jacob Zuma’s personal home, the Guptagate saga and the red shoes of our former communications minister have made South Africa look more corrupt than it did a year ago, SA’s Corruption Watch said. The country is sliding down the rankings and nine other African countries now lookRead More

Three damning reports expose Zuma’s sinking ship of corruption

Public protector Thuli Madonsela has delivered a searing indictment of the Zuma administration in three damning reports that expose gross misconduct, deceit, unlawful acts and outright corruption at the highest level of government. The provisional reports paint a picture of a patronage system out of control. The three reports – into President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson and former communications minister Dina Pule – show cabinet ministers leaning on their officials to ensure their cronies land lucrative state-funded deals, often at inflated prices,Read More

AmaB releases Nkandla cache

The M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism has released over 12 000 pages of evidence about the state-funded upgrade at Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home. The M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism, amaBhungane, on Wednesday released more than 12 000 pages of evidence about the state-funded upgrade at President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla estate. Download the cache of documents The centre obtained the evidence from the department of public works, responsible for the R210-million upgrade, in a protracted access-to-information and legal struggle.

Nkandla report: Zuma in the deep end

The public protector’s provisional report on the funding of Jacob Zuma’s homestead directs him to repay the state and explain himself to Parliament. President Jacob Zuma has derived “substantial” personal benefit from works that exceeded security needs at his Nkandla homestead and must repay the state, public protector Thuli Madonsela has provisionally found. Cabinet members have justified the tax millions splurged on Nkandla, saying it was essential in providing Zuma with appropriate security.

Zuma’s bodyguards act with ‘impunity’

A reporter has laid a criminal charge against the president’s protection unit after several incidents of aggressive behaviour from the unit. President Jacob Zuma’s protection unit is under fire after apparently assaulting a journalist on Monday, and shoving photographers, kicking a media camera and intimidating motorists at the international friendly between South Africa and Spain on Tuesday. 

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