/ 16 September 2013

M&G Newsroom: Baleka Mbete’s BEE deal and SA’s crime stats

M&g Newsroom: Baleka Mbete's Bee Deal And Sa's Crime Stats

This week Verashni Pillay and Faranaaz Parker look back at the weekend's big stories, then cast an eye forward to what you can expect in the news.

More details have emerged about the contentious 2010 empowerment deal that saw ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete’s stake in Gold Fields increase by a dramatic R25-million. Mail & Guardian reporter Craig McKune talks us through some of the details of the story and we ask BEE specialist Paul Janisch whether this is BEE as it was meant to be.

Then we'll move on to crime stats which are due to be released during the week. Gareth Newham, head of the Institute for Security Studies’ crime and justice division, will fill us in on how to unpack the numbers and what they might tell us.

If all of that serious stuff gets you down, we’ll also play you some weekly choons, dedicated to the people and issues making headlines, and talk about some of the lighter news doing the rounds – what happened when the statistician general decided to put down his spreadsheets and start speculating about why white people are so unhappy and have so much hypertension, why Zuma thinks South African journalists should take their cue from Mexican journalists who haven’t been killed, maimed, or forced to flee their homes, and why Zwelenzima Vavi’s Twitter favourites briefly included a half naked lady?

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