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Phillip de Wet

Phillip de Wet

Phillip de Wet writes about politics, society, economics, and the areas where these collide. He has never been anything other than a journalist, though he has been involved in starting new newspapers, magazines and websites, a suspiciously large percentage of which are no longer in business. PGP fingerprint: CF74 7B0F F037 ACB9 779C 902B 793C 8781 4548 D165
Judges: Public protector misinterpreted us on Absa apartheid-era bailout
Judges: Public protector misinterpreted us on Absa apartheid-era bailout
The two judges who independently investigated the apartheid-era bailout to Bankorp, now part of Absa, have flatly disputed crucial allegations made...
Sassa totally unprepared for D-day
Sassa totally unprepared for D-day
As a deadline of April 1 looms, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) must approach the Constitutional Court if it wants to extend the...
The Absa shareholders who could end up coughing up
The Absa shareholders who could end up coughing up
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Absa's apartheid debt, the Broederbond and the British spy
Absa's apartheid debt, the Broederbond and the British spy
COMMENTThat the public protector’s finding on Absa is going to become a terrible political mess is inevitable. And it has been inevitable...
The unethical sellers of dreams
The unethical sellers of dreams
It is, quite simply, a scam. Adam Nujidat, a short-lived employee of an Israeli binary trading firm, testified before Israel’s Knesset last...
Absa may have to pay back apartheid-era bailout billions
Absa may have to pay back apartheid-era bailout billions
Mega-bank Absa could be forced to pay R2.25‑billion to the fiscus for an unlawful apartheid-era bank bailout if a preliminary report by the...
An epic poem from the future
An epic poem from the future
Oh it was grand, our year of 2017
​How to capture a state and escape
​How to capture a state and escape
‘We are accused of having undue in­fluence and of having perpetrated state capture. But the facts speak for themselves: if this is state...
Dishing dirt on Awful Park: The rot at the SABC is finally being exposed
Dishing dirt on Awful Park: The rot at the SABC is finally being exposed
The SABC has failed democracy. Everyone with authority has failed the journalists at the SABC. And executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng – who the...
Queue and A for frustrated drivers
Queue and A for frustrated drivers
The problem, of course, is λ. At any other time of the year λ is sane and reasonable. During the Easter and Christmas holidays, however, when so...
New SA: 'White people sleep on the floor, black people sleep in houses'
New SA: 'White people sleep on the floor, black people sleep in houses'
A fifth of the way into her misleadingly titled book Blacks Do Caravan, Fikile Hlatshwayo makes the opposite of the usual mistake: she...