In conversation with @antonyaltbeker on Recovering Democracy in SA at Troyeville 18 March

Launch of Recovering Democracy in South Africa at Troyeville Hotel 18 March 2015
Raymond Suttner will be in conversation with Antony Altbeker. Supper served from 6.30 pm.

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: Confronting crime and policing (Polity video)

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

Raymond Suttner: How do we become safe: police, the private security industry and communities

http://www.polity.org.za/article/how-do-we-become-safe-police-the-private-security-industry-and-communities-2015-01-29

Recovering democracy in SA to appear February

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

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.