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LIKE CAESAR’S WIFE, THE PUBLIC PROTECTOR MUST BE ABOVE SUSPICION

On 29 August 2023, Kholeka Gcaleka, who is the Acting Public Protector (APP), was nominated as the candidate to succeed the disgraced Busisiwe Mkhwebane as Public Protector (PP). Mkhwebane’s predecessor, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, demonstrated how the office of Public Protector could play a crucial role in holding to account state institutions that were suspected of improper conduct. Indeed, her fearless exposure of state capture under President Jacob Zuma played a pivotal role in forcing his resignation. Sadly, Mkhwebane did not continue this proud tradition and instead mired the office in unseemly controversy after controversy, racking up an unprecedented number of judicial rebukes in the process.

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DR MAVUSO MSIMANG PROVIDES A MASTERFUL DISPLAY OF ‘DISCRETION IN TACT’

In a recent interview with Alec Hogg of BizNews, Dr. Mavuso Msimang, the Deputy President of the ANC’s Veteran’s League, took issue with Anthea Jeffery’s epic analysis of the ANC’s National Democratic Revolution. He said that “in summary, the NDR is not inherently part of the ANC’s framework”. The ANC was not committed to socialism and was “more likely to follow the example of the Scandinavian countries, which are capitalist economies with strong social safety nets.”

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THE NINE LIVES OF JACOB ZUMA

On 11 August 2023, after serving just over an hour in the Estcourt Prison, former president Jacob Zuma was granted a “special remission” and walked out of prison a free man thanks to the transparent intervention of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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AUTONOMOUS ADVANCEMENTS: UNRAVELLING THE WESTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL POWERS BILL

On 26 May 2023, the Western Cape government introduced the Western Cape Provincial Powers Bill, which seeks to grant provincial and local authorities more autonomous political power. The Bill aims to empower capable provincial and local governments to address issues where the national government has failed to deliver services to Western Cape citizens.

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The Draft Employment IN-Equity Regulations

Last week, the FW de Klerk Foundation made a submission to the Department of Employment and Labour on the Draft Employment Equity Regulations 2023. The Foundation believes that the Regulations, along with the EEA Act and the practice of demographic representivity (DR), constitute one of the most serious threats to our constitutional order since 1994.

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Don’t Tear Up the Contract: Call the Delinquents to Account!

In his recent articles on the Constitution, Prof Koos Malan expresses the view that those of us who supported the constitutional transformation of South Africa between 1989 and 1996 were motivated by some kind of liberal-religious delusion. Dave Steward, Chairman of the FW de Klerk Foundation, responds.

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The FW de Klerk Foundation is proud to share their 2023 Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Rights Report Card.