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: Just like a lurid spy novel

Lifestyle Section - Opinion

  The former spy boss of a foreign country is found dead, in suspicious circumstances, in a plush hotel. The case is investigated by the premier investigative agency, and foul play is most certainly suspected, because initial reports suggest that the victim was strangled.

By Norman McFarlane 10 January 2014 Read Article

 

Which Nkandla report is which?

Lifestyle Section - Opinion

  The war of words that has erupted over public protector Thuli Madonsela's long-awaited Nkandla Report has the nation agog. When Ms Madonsela forwarded the provisional report to ministers in the security cluster for comment, they made a concerted effort to delay the process of concluding the report with court action, citing concerns about it containing sensitive information that would compromise not only the security of President Jacob Zuma and his family, but also national security.

By Norman McFarlane 19 December 2013 Read Article

Hamba Kahle, Tata, we will love you always

Lifestyle Section - Opinion

  In  the early hours of February 11 1990, I lay in bed in a lonely hotel room in Las Vegas, Nevada and wept for joy, as I watched Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela walk free through the gates of Victor Verster Prison, after 27 years of brutal incarceration at the hands of the apartheid regime.Early on Friday morning, December 6, I wept again inconsolably, when I heard that Madiba – this man I’d never met – had died the night before, at his home in Johannesburg.

By Norman McFarlane 11 December 2013 Read Article

Of politics and prosecutions

Lifestyle Section - Opinion

  Back in 2009, after No. 1 ascended the throne of the ANC, but before he ascended the throne of State, the air was thick with accusations that his prosecution on manifold corruption charges relating to the arms deal, was politically motivated.  Just before the 2009 election, all of the re-instated charges were withdrawn by NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe, on the grounds that the finagling between Scorpions head Leonard McCarthy and Mpshe’s predecessor, Bulelani Ngcuka, had “tainted the process” of No. 1’s prosecution irreparably.

By Francois Verster 29 November 2013 Read Article

A public protector to be proud of

Lifestyle Section - Opinion

  I’m afraid I cannot answer that question, ma’am. With these words, spoken very softly, and with great humility, public protector advocate Thuli Madonsela graciously declines to answer a question posed by a journalist about the content of the report on her office’s investigation into the R208 million expenditure at Nkandla. The rebuffed journalist’s response is, surprisingly perhaps, meek acceptance.

By Francois Verster 29 November 2013 Read Article

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