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Debate dates for the DA, SA faces Covid-19 corruption shame

In today's episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the politics team discusses DA leader hopeful Mbali Ntuli tossing down the gauntlet on Monday by challenging interim leader John Steenhuisen to four televised debates as the race for the party's top position intensifies.

The team also deals with the global embarrassment facing SA as a result of continuing Covid-19 corruption scandals.

Is SA ready for lockdown level 2?

The president was in consultation on Wednesday night before an expected move to lockdown level 2. But the decision​, following the urging of directors-general, hinges on a nod from the virus command council and the cabinet.

In this episode of the Sunday Times Politics Weekly podcast, the politics team considers SA's readiness to enter level 2 and what that may entail.

ANC has no teeth when dealing with corruption

Damaging claims of profiteering from Covid-19 contracts have split the ANC's top brass along pre-Nasrec lines, as leaders squabbled at the party's national executive committee (NEC) meeting over the weekend about how to deal with corruption allegations levelled against its leaders.

In this episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the politics team discusses the latest allegations, the ANC's previous attempts at rooting out corruption within its ranks, and what we as South Africans can expect to see from the party as they try to navigate their way through the scandal. 

What racial politics does the DA stand for in 2020? 

DA federal chairperson Helen Zille has been at it again on Twitter, this time claiming that there are more racist laws under the current government than there were during apartheid. These controversial comments have thrown the DA's racial politics into the spotlight, yet again. 

In this episode of the Sunday Times Politics Weekly podcast, the team discusses Zille's tweets and what her presence means for the seemingly aimless political party. The team also considers the political killings that continue to plague KwaZulu-Natal. 

Political lip-service gets paid to GBV yet again

An outcry and protests against gender-based violence are again gripping SA. This following an overwhelming wave of reports of women and children being murdered, raped and assaulted. 
As the outcry begins to reach fever pitch, SA's political parties are chiming in with speeches of outrage and condemnation. 
In this episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we consider the comments made by various political parties on the topic of GBV and how their actions support their denunciation. 

Lockdown reflection: how has the ANC handled the global pandemic? 

In this episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, our political desk including political editor Sibongakonke Shoba reflects on South Africa's national lockdown thus far and how SA has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Is our government to be commended or condemned for their sometimes controversial approach? 

Political news of the week: President vs public protector

This week a full bench of the Gauteng high court pointed out the pie on the face of public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

The court cleared President Cyril Ramaphosa of lying to parliament about the source of donations to his 2017 ANC presidential campaign, in a judgment likely to bolster opposition calls for the removal of Mkhwebane.

On Tuesday, the court set aside a potentially damaging report by Mkhwebane, describing the protector’s approach as based on a mistaken and “fatally flawed” reading of the law.

The judgment raises two critical political questions: will Mkhwebane retain her post and does this make the matter raised by the report null and void?

ANC must take some responsibility for technical recession

A fourth-quarter GDP contraction of 1.4%, following a decline of 0.8% in Q3, has placed SA in a technical recession for the second year in a row.

Load-shedding and the coronavirus outbreak mean that any quick improvement is unlikely.

In this week’s Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the team says that the governing party is not blameless in having caused this situation.

Public servants won't take Mboweni's budget lying down

Cosatu has warned the government that it will have “egg on its face” for wanting to cut the public sector wage bill, saying its behaviour in the saga was worse than the apartheid government's.

The SA economy is in trouble and the public sector has made it clear that it is not happy to bear the brunt of the decline.

In this week's Sunday Times Politics Weekly podcast, the team is joined by Business Day journalist Mudiwa Gavaza. They get into the nitty-gritty of the politics that will follow finance minister Tito Mboweni's 2020 budget speech.

SONA and its fall out: who runs parliament in 2020?

It has been a dramatic political week for SA. There have been accusations of murder, claims of abuse, insults flung and histrionic walkouts. This drama ensued during Ramaphosa’s 2020 state of the nation address and has not ceased since.

In this week’s Sunday Times Politics Weekly Podcast the team asks the question: Who is pulling the strings in the country’s parliament? Julius Malema very boldly assures that it is him. Our panel seems to agree, saying that the DA and ANC are bowing to the EFF’s will at every turn.

Following the president: Africa calls for Ramaphosa to take charge

In this week's Sunday Times Politics Weekly podcast, the Sunday Times politics team follows President Cyril Ramaphosa from the AU (AU) summit in Ethiopia to the state of the nation (Sona) address in Cape Town.

While shadowing the president, a theme has emerged as top dignitaries and political players call for the president to take charge.

Can Portia Derby turn around Transnet and DA loses control - again

2020’s political play opened up with a bang, as the Sunday Times Politics Weekly podcast hits your streaming apps once again.

In our first episode for 2020 the Sunday Times politics' team discusses the unjust calls for new Transnet CEO Portia Derby to account for her ex-husband Brian Molefe’s sins.

The team also looks into the DA’s loss of control in yet another Metro, as embattled Tshwane mayor,Stevens Mokgalapa, announces his seemingly forced resignation.

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