Pity the judges of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Fifteen years ago this court -- then led by the chief justice -- was the highest court of appeal in South Africa. The prestige and standing of the judges serving on this court were unchallenged among the majority of influential South African lawyers and judges, and academics pored over their decisions and wrote learned articles about their decisions.
In the second instalment of his interview with Kgalema Motlanthe, Ebrahim Harvey speaks to the ANC deputy president about healing division in the party, unity among the alliance partners and the Polokwane 'revolution'.
Government incompetence and not apartheid is to blame for the Land Bank's woes, says the Freedom Front Plus (FF+). "Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs Lulama Xingwana's accusation that the current problems of the Land Bank are the direct result of apartheid is a lame excuse," FF+ agriculture and land affairs spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said on Tuesday.
Debate on the future of the Scorpions gained new steam on Monday as the government released a report from an inquiry it had commissioned into the elite detective unit. The Scorpions still have a role to play in the country's crime-fighting efforts, states the report that was submitted to President Thabo Mbeki two years ago.
The African National Congress will remain divided after its Polokwane conference, South African Communist Party chairperson Gwede Mantashe on Thursday. He was speaking at a public seminar about the future and challenges of the ANC. "The ANC will come out more divided after Limpopo. Divisions will last longer if any of the main competing groups win.
The acting head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Mokotedi Mpshe, on Monday said he was puzzled by statements saying the Scorpions are to be "disbanded" on the one hand, and "dissolved" on the other, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported.