‘No diplomatic immunity for Grace’ – says Government lawyers.

The South African government has received legal advice indicating that, despite travelling on a diplomatic passport, Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe does not qualify for diplomatic immunity and may be arrested for allegedly assaulting a Johannesburg woman. The Mail & Guardian has learned that frantic behind-the-scenes negotiations are underway between Zimbabwe and South Africa in […]
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Falling BRICS endanger their citizens’ health, starting with Jacob Zuma.

As he launches the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank (NDB) in Sandton on Thursday, nearly 18 months behind schedule, Jacob Zuma must have mixed feelings. Strife-riven Brazil, Russia, India and China are more risky allies than Zuma reckoned when in 2010 he accepted Beijing’s invitation to join the club. “I was poisoned […]
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A visitor to our Country, and already in trouble, may the Law take it’s course or not!

Grace Mugabe, wife of Zimbabwean Robert Mugabe and a possible successor to his throne presidency, has been accused of assaulting a woman in an apartment in Johannesburg. She is due to be formally charged in connection with the incident on Tuesday in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. Zimbabweans, all too familiar with their first lady’s erratic […]
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What is the key to why Zuma prevails, it’s what happens within the ANC and not in Parliament.

What matters inside the African National Congress, the party that governs South Africa, is not necessarily what matters outside it. This obvious point is missed by much of the commentary on the latest unsuccessful motion of no confidence in Jacob Zuma – and in much discussion of South African politics. One result of ignoring this […]
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Black experts in the health sector: Where are they?

Whether it is a story looking at the latest HIV policies or the best way to deliver a baby, I rely on the expertise of health professionals to help me to get my facts right. But in my year as a health reporter, I have been alarmed by one particular aspect of these interactions: the […]
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No confidence vote: A victory for Zuma, but a defeat for the ANC

Jacob Zuma is a natural born political survivor. Yesterday the president overcame an eighth no confidence vote, despite the mountain of evidence of corrupt conduct that has emerged in recent months. But it may prove to be a Pyrrhic victory – for him and most certainly for his party, the African National Congress (ANC). “Hollow” […]
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What does the motion of no confidence actually means for Baleka Mbete ??

Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete will soon reveal if MPs will vote by secret ballot in the motion of no confidence against President Zuma. With aspirations of being the next ANC president, and a party that demands loyalty, Mbete may have either an opportunity or be at a disadvantage. Over the weekend Mbete spoke about the […]
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