Sunday Times Politics Weekly

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08
OCT

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.
03
OCT

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.
26
SEP

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.
17
SEP

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.
12
SEP

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.

Tune in and join the debate.
04
SEP

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.
29
AUG

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.
22
AUG

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.
14
AUG

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?
06
AUG

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'.
31
JUL

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.

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