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LIES, DECEIT AND LEGAL IRONY: ANC’S ‘FIRE POOL’ SAGA THREATENS DEMOCRACY

ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula’s recent candid admission to the party’s deliberate deception of Parliament regarding the controversial “fire pool” at former President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead underscores a blatant abuse of power and casts a dark shadow over the principles of accountability and transparency enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution.

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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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PUBLIC PROTECTOR’S REPORT ON PHALA PHALA LEAVES MANY QUESTIONS UNANSWERED

On 30 June, Acting Public Protector (APP) Adv Kholeka Gcaleka released her final report on allegations that President Ramaphosa had violated the executive ethics code in connection with the theft at his Phala Phala farm in February 2020. The Report, issued in terms of Section 182(1)(b) of the Constitution, cleared President Ramaphosa of any wrongdoing.

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The FW de Klerk Foundation Annual Conference 2024

The FW de Klerk Foundation Annual Conference – hosted in conjunction with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation South Africa.