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That's a wrap: The 2019 political year

In the final episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the politics desk covers the biggest political stories of the year. Its members discuss what happened and how events are likely to affect the country's political future. 

SAA is past salvation, but who do we blame?

SAA continues to hemorrhage funds and politicians continue to argue about the future of the embattled state-owned entity. In this week’s Sunday Times Politics Weekly podcast, the team has a heated debate about what ought to be done with SAA and who is to blame for the situation the airline finds itself in.

The team also confronts the contentious issue of coalition governance. Is it the future of SA politics or simply a divisive strategy that prevents adequate governance?

VBS helps Malema loot millions and #SexInTheCity goes viral

The Sunday Time politics team gets into the nitty gritty of the biggest political scandals of the week.

This week the team dives into allegations against EFF leader Julius Malema, who has personally benefited from millions of rands that were channelled to a company exposed as his own slush fund.

The team also touches on a leaked audio clip of Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa and MMC for roads and transport Sheila Senkubuge, which went viral. The two are allegedly discussing plans to fire government officials and engaging in sexual relations in the office.

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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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.

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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.

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?

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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