Sunday Times Politics Weekly

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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.

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.

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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.

ZANDILE GUMEDE SAGA: Has the ANC has lost control of KZN?

In this week’s episode, the Sunday Times politics team discusses the ANC’s loss of control in the Kwazulu Natal region.

They focus on ousted e-Thekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, who has created a crisis for the ANC by holding on to the mayoral chains, despite a provincial executive committee decision instructing her to vacate office.

They also discuss former IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi stepping down as leader of the party, and what this might mean for the future of the IFP.

CR17: Did Ramaphosa buy his position in the ANC?

Although it was not illegal for Ramaphosa to raise money for his presidential campaign, there are ethical questions and political consequences at play. We debate the controversy around the president in this edition of #STPoliticsWeekly.

Is government high-jacking private healthcare infrastructure?

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday vowed that the National Health Insurance is here to stay.

Ramaphosa was speaking a week after health minister Zweli Mkhize made public the NHI bill, which has been the subject of a lot of criticism. Most of the critics have pointed out a lack of clarity about its funding, questions over the future of medical aids and fear that health professionals and specialists would leave the country.

This week, the Sunday Times politics team discusses the controversial bill in depth. Are fears justified or should we be adopting a Robin Hood approach to critical public services?

The sun sets quickly on Ramaphosa's 'new dawn'

This week the Sunday Time politics team delves into the report by the commission of inquiry into interference at the SABC.

They also navigate the tricky territory of the unraveling of president Cyril Ramaphosa’s 'new dawn'.

A Malema-less EFF, Ramaphosa feels the heat, and a useless youth league

In this week’s episode the Sunday Times politics team discusses EFF national chairperson, advocate Dali Mpofu’s, statements regarding the future leadership of the red berets and the implication that it could indicate an EFF without Julius Malema.

The team also touches on the ANC's national executive committee (NEC meeting). The focus on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address where he set down the gauntlet to his opponents in the ANC leadership, daring them to try to remove him at the party's national general council (NGC) next year.

Zuma special: "the state resources gravy train"

This episode is dedicated to the testimony and strategy being deployed by former president Jacob Zuma at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry.

The Sunday Times politics team seem wholly unimpressed with the commission's lack of hard evidence, which they feel is allowing Zuma to evade pertinent issues.

Malema’s sex statements and the Waterkloof fall guy

In this week’s episode, the Sunday Times politics team discusses EFF leader Julius Malema’s controversial sex comments at this year’s Durban July. They ask the question; should politicians be more candid with the public or is a professional façade necessary?

The team also discusses the latest at the State Capture Inquiry, where former head of state protocol Bruce Koloane took all the blame for the landing of a privately chartered airplane by the Gupta family at the Waterkloof Air Force base in 2013.

What is Zuma plotting?

Is former president Jacob Zuma trying to incite the ANC's youth to revolt against president Ramaphosa? In this week's episode, the Sunday Times politics team unpacks this possibility and its implications for the country.

The team also talks to the municipal audit results released by Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu, which shows only 18 out of 257 municipalities had clean audit results.

Finally, the team addresses President Cyril Ramaphosa's claims that it is premature for him to take disciplinary action against public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan. 

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