Confirmed launches :Recovering democracy in SA

Updated information on confirmed launches of Recovering Democracy in South Africa (Jacana publishers) confirmed thus far: Continue reading

Raymond Suttner: Attacks on core state institutions (Polity video)

Recovering democracy in South Africa-in bookshops first week March

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Recovering democracy in SA to appear February

My book: Recovering democracy in South Africa will be published by Jacana Media in February. Continue reading

Raymond Suttner: Protecting No 1 consumes the ANC (M & G)

http://mg.co.za/article/2015-01-15-protecting-jacob-zuma-consumes-the-anc

Raymond Suttner: ANC doesn’t only signify corruption, there were real heroes (Polity video)

Lebo Keswa: Gumede: a victim of factional ANC politics and responses by Adriaan Basson and Brad Cibane

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2015-01-05-gumede-a-victim-of-factional-anc-politics/?utm_source=Daily+Maverick+Mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=First+Thing+with+John+stupart%3A+Tuesday%2C+2+September+2014&utm_term=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymaverick.co.za%2Fopinionista%2F2015-01-05-gumede-a-victim-of-factional-anc-politics%2F#.VKv18MbN6-I

Adriaan Basson: Interesting but strange piece. She is trying too hard to exonerate Gumede – why? This is not the first time his deals have made headlines. His Telkom tender should have been investigated, but wasn’t. His home affairs tender is still on Thuli Madonsela’s ever-growing pile. Maybe Lebo can give examples of companies/tenders that should be probed, but aren’t.
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Adriaan Basson See also http://m.mg.co.za/…/2010-11-05-robert-asked-me-to-pay…

‘Robert asked me to pay R100K to Telkom executive’ | Mail & Guardian (Mobile…
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Brad Cibane:

Brad Cibane I might have missed the point of the article. It seems to be based on information not shared with readers.

1. Keswa argues, if I am not wrong, that the ANC procures services and then does not pay them. When companies (or persons) claim payment, the ANC uses law enforcement to punish the demanders. This is a serious allegation not supported by anything in the article.

2. Unfortunately, her link to the Sunday Independent is faulty and self-cites. I do think she muddles one point. She seems to suggest that business people engage in criminal activities and are protected by the ANC. When they fall out of favor, they lose the protection. I don’t get the sense in this point. First, why won’t the accuseds expose the ANC. And, secondly, why engage in criminal activities in the first place?

3. The by-the-by point about procurement panels being incompetent is a non-starter. Panels decide based on documents placed before them. Keswa says “so what,” which I find puzzling!

My biggest point, I think, is that Keswa seems to have information that she is not sharing with the rest of us. She seems to be highlighting a serious problem but the Gumede case is woefully inadequate.

Raymond Suttner: ANC in 1990-2015 (Polity video)

Raymond Suttner: Troubles in tripartite alliance and alternative forms of unity (Polity Video)

Raymond Suttner: ANC in decline as it celebrates its 103rd year of existence

http://www.polity.org.za/article/anc-in-decline-as-it-celebrates-its-103rd-year-of-existence-2015-01-05

Raymond Suttner: Rebuilding democracy: time to use our own power! (Polity)

http://www.polity.org.za/article/rebuilding-democracy-time-to-use-our-own-power-2014-12-09

Raymond Suttner: Militarisation and depoliticisation in SA today (Polity)

http://www.polity.org.za/article/militarisation-and-depoliticisation-in-south-africa-today-2014-12-02

Raymond Suttner: Remedying parliamentary stalemate (Polity video)

Raymond Suttner, 20 years of the vote and socio-economic conditions in SA (Polity)

http://www.polity.org.za/article/20-years-of-the-vote-and-socio-economic-conditions-in-south-africa-2014-11-20

Raymond Suttner: On continuing national oppression (Polity video)

Raymond Suttner: What is the significance of NUMSA’s expulsion from COSATU (Polity video)

Raymond Suttner: Does national oppression persist in South Africa today? (Polity)

http://www.polity.org.za/article/does-national-oppression-persist-in-south-africa-today-2014-11-05

Raymond Suttner: Is there a new debate on the Freedom Charter? (Polity interview)

Raymond Suttner, Popular power, constitutional democracy and crisis: 1994-2014

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