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04
DEC
2020

Andile Lungisa talks about prison and continues to defend Jacob Zuma

In this episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we bring you an exciting interview between our host Mike Siluma and convicted former ANC councillor Andile Lungisa.Former ANC Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Lungisa was recently released from jail on parole. His release has angered many South Africans who took to social media to call out the ruling party for “wasting taxpayers' money”. 

In this episode, Lungisa talks to us about the incident that lead to his conviction, his time in jail and his plans going forward. He also defends his recent warning to President Cyril Ramaphosa to halt attacks on former president Jacob Zuma to preserve "national unity". 
27
NOV
2020

Trucking protests: justified or economic sabotage?

Tensions in the trucking industry have reached boiling point after a 45-year-old truck driver was shot and killed on Monday night, the latest in a string of attacks that has seen at least 30 trucks targeted in the past week.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken out against the carnage on SA's roads as truck drivers and companies have come under attack amid a spate of vehicle hijackings and protests by those calling for the removal of foreign truck drivers.

In today's episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the politics team considers if there are any merits to this kind of protest and what implications these protests have for the political structure of the country. 
20
NOV
2020

Zondo Commission vs Bushiri: SA's biggest political stories of the week

In this week's episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the politics team, dive head-first into the topics of former President Jacob Zuma and his attempt to get Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself.

They also consider what Shepard Bushiri's flee to his native country means for the future of his case and the country's politics.
13
NOV
2020

Ace and race: SA's biggest political stories of the week 

In this week's episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the politics team, with the help of commissioner Andre Gaum of the SA Human Rights Commission, dive headfirst into the topics of racial tensions at Brakenfell High and the arrest of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. 

They negotiate the fine line between a private social event and racial discrimination. They also consider what Magashule's arrest and court appearance will mean for the future of the ANC and the country's politics.
06
NOV
2020

Coalition chaos and state capture spice

In this weeks episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the team looks into the system of coalition governments which has caused instability in many of SA's major cities. They discuss why they are becoming more prevalent in SA and why they cause such controversy.

The team also tackles the latest from SA's longest ongoing political story, the state capture inquiry, where former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni's antics in the witness chair enthrall the nation.
23
OCT
2020

Tough times don't touch SA politicians

Politicians continue to frivolously spend taxpayer money.
Well paid, expenses covered by the taxpayer and living opulently, SA politicians are living the high life. 
In this episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the politics team finds themselves questioning the integrity of SA's politicians. They discuss the public works department's splurging of more than R226m of taxpayers' money to renovate the houses of MPs and parliamentary kitchens, perimeter fencing and "anti-ramming devices", despite a rapidly shrinking public purse and plummeting tax revenue.
16
OCT
2020

Zuma vs Zondo: He won't be able to run from the commission forever

From revelations of alleged “historical, personal, family and professional relations” to alleged subpoenaed bank statements, it's been a month of high drama between former president Jacob Zuma and deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo.

In this week's episode of the Sunday Times Politics Weekly podcast, Sunday Times political editor Sibongakonke Shoba, deputy editor Mike Siluma and political reporter Mawande Amashabalala dive head first into the tension. They come to the conclusion that Zuma's days of avoiding the commission and his criminal trail are numbered. 
30
SEP
2020

Zondo Commission begins to bear fruit as asbestos audit arrests wow SA 

The Hawks on Wednesday arrested six people involved in the alleged masterminding of a R200m asbestos audit project in the Free State.

Hawks spokesman Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi said that, "among those arrested are three senior government officials, three businessmen and five companies. The accused face 60 charges which include corruption, fraud, money laundering, contravention of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (Precca) as well as contravention of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA)."

In this episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the politics team looks deeper into the the arrests and testimony on the matter heard at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry.
17
SEP
2020

'It's ANC first' - historic misuse of state funds continues 

SA's ruling party has been caught misusing funds ... again.

The ANC this week came under fire and was accused of abusing state resources after a delegation of party leaders landed in Zimbabwe last week on a flight funded by taxpayers, for a meeting with Zanu-PF.

In this week's edition, the Sunday Times politics team discusses this and the ANC's various past indiscretions. They come to the conclusion that the ANC's “new dawn” is little more than a hollow promise. 
10
SEP
2020

The politics of natural hair & the DA's new redress policy

Identity politics and covert racism have without a doubt been thrust into the political spotlight this week.  
In this week’s episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the team discusses the weeklong showdown between the EFF and Clicks over a racially demeaning hair-care advertisement posted on the Clicks website.
They also dive into the DA’s new redress policy, which doesn’t address race.
03
SEP
2020

NEC meeting dominated by discussions on the scourge of corruption in the ANC-led government

This past weekend held an NEC meeting mainly dominated by discussions on the scourge of corruption in the ANC-led government. This follows media reports about ANC comrades, their family members and business friends helping themselves to personal protective equipment (PPE) tenders worth 100's of millions of rand in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the politics team discusses ANC NEC meeting review — focus on the meeting's resolutions on dealing with corruption.​
26
AUG
2020

Ramaphosa's open letter against corruption rings hollow

President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to take real action against ANC members found guilty of corruption, angry South Africans said in response to the president's letter to party members on Sunday.

In this episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, the politics team discusses the seven-page open letter, in which Ramaphosa said the anger of South Africans towards the ruling party is justified. 

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