Sunday Times Politics Weekly

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20
NOV
2019

Race muddies the discussion around competence in SA politics

In today’s Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the politics team discusses the appointments of new Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter and DA interim leader John Steenhuisen.

Both appointments raised concerns within the political arena around competency and transformation.

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14
NOV
2019

ANC MEC’s car hire 'scam' & the DA’s ‘non-racialism’ isn’t convincing

In this episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the Sunday Times politics team deep-dives into the Kwazi Mshengu scandal. KwaZulu-Natal MEC Mshengu has been caught using an elaborate scam to justify his not using the state car used by his predecessor - instead blowing hundreds of thousands of rands in taxpayers' money on car hire.

The team also discusses who is likely to take over as DA party leader at the federal council meeting, set to be held at the weekend.

Debate with us on Twitter #STPoliticsWeekly
05
NOV
2019

EFF politicizes the Rugby World Cup - Let the nation celebrate

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has earned the support of party leader Julius Malema, after the backlash he received for his controversial tweets.

Ndlozi was slammed by South Africans, including rapper AKA, when he acknowledged Springbok captain Siya Kolisi for the national rugby team's world cup win, but excluded the rest of the team.

Ndlozi said other members of the squad could get their congratulations from Prince Harry.

The Sunday Times politics team holds firm that, there is a time and a place and that Ndlozi should have held his tongue.
29
OCT
2019

Political winds of change: Could anyone contest Malema as head of the EFF and will the DA be a "whitewash"?

“All positions will be contested. All members of the EFF are available to take up the leadership positions. We are available, but not for positions we may not have the capacity to occupy,” said EFF party leader Julius Malema, while addressing the media on Monday.

Malema perhaps gave the clearest indication that he would be contesting for a second term in the top position as president, saying he did not have the skill set required for other positions in the party, such as Secretary-General and Treasurer-General.

With speculation mounting that Dali Mpofu is gearing up to contest Malema for the top job, Mpofu refused to answer when that question was put to him.

In this week’s episode, the Sunday Times politics team asks the question, could any other EFF members contest Malema as leader of the party and actually come out successful?
24
OCT
2019

The DA's darkest days: What happened & what now?

The DA is suffering a leadership crisis - Mmusi Maimane has resigned as leader of the party along with Chair, Athol Trollip just a day after Joburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba did the same.

The Sunday Times politics team takes the opportunity to dissect the events of the past week. What will these resignations mean for the DA and South African politics?

Join the discussion.

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16
OCT
2019

DA’s national spokesperson Solly Malatsi's comment on turmoil brewing in the DA

For political parties, the old adage “nothing succeeds like success” is so true. When you win, keep on winning and expand your electoral base, you’re on top of the world.

But, when you shed support and lose parliamentary seats, internal divisions are unleashed as personality clashes and the hunt for scapegoats dominate the discourse." And that’s largely the story of the DA, which is now in danger of a meltdown. This week the Sunday Times Politics Weekly team is joined by DA national spokesperson Solly Malatsi, as he tries to field their hot topic questions.

Political reporter Qaanitah Hunter speaks on her controversial cover story in last week’s Sunday Times.
08
OCT
2019

Zille rises again & Duduzane Zuma gives the commission bogus testimony

Former president Jacob Zuma's son and Gupta business associate Duduzane Zuma says he is not corrupt, but a victim of a “political storm” in SA, but renowned Sunday Times political reporter Qaanitah Hunter says that the explanations he gave were rehearsed and bogus.

The Sunday Times politics team also discuss former DA leader Helen Zille’s campaigning for the party's most powerful position – federal chairperson — while insisting that she was asked to re-enter politics in an effort to help boost the official opposition.
03
OCT
2019

SA Crime Intelligence seems to be full of criminals

In this week’s Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the team discusses allegations raised against former police minister Nathi Mthethwa by former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss, Johan Booysen. That he interfered in the appointment of Richard Mdluli as Crime Intelligence head and then unduly benefited from a secret service account. While Mthethwa has denied the allegations by saying that nothing that took place was untoward, the Commission of Inquiry is still hearing the matter.

The team also speaks on the decision by the Department of Basic Education's move to introduce an exit-level exam for grade 9 pupils.
26
SEP
2019

Will the DA’s identity crisis dethrone Maimane?

A leader Mmusi Maimane on Friday dared his opponents in the party to take him on, proposing that the DA holds an early conference if they feel ready to oust him. Sunday Times politics reporters covering the story Aphiwe de Klerk and Zimasa Matiwane, are in studio to discuss the story.

The team also discusses the hype around the recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
17
SEP
2019

Shocking #CrimeStats & the authoritarian EFF

The Sunday Times politics team tackles two controversial topics this week. They discuss the EFF suspending and charging a female leader who questioned the party's instruction for her to turn down a seat in parliament. They also deconstruct the latest crime statistics, delivered in parliament on Thursday by police minister Bheki Cele, police commissioner Khehla Sitole and SAPS statistics chief Maj-Gen Norman Sekhukhune, which have shocked SA.
12
SEP
2019

Self-righteous Hlaudi & Xenophobic politicians

With violence becoming a norm in Johannesburg, the Sunday Times politics team shares their views on the recent xenophobic attacks.

The team also discusses Former SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng's testimony at the state capture inquiry.

Tune in and join the debate.
04
SEP
2019

Newsroom divided over gender-based violence

The Sunday Times politics team has a falling out in studio this week, while discussing potential avenues for addressing the pervasive surge of gender- based violence in South Africa. This, after the rape and murder of 19 year old UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana.

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