The Democratic Alliance's Tony Leon on Monday accused President Thabo Mbeki, African National Congress president Jacob Zuma and Cape Judge President John Hlophe of ''constitutional vandalism''. Addressing the Mizrachi Organisation in Cape Town, the former DA leader called for a government inclusive of ''all talent'' available.
The Directorate of Special Operations, or the Scorpions, had another nail hammered into its coffin on Tuesday, with the tabling of the General Laws Amendment Bill in the National Assembly. The draft legislation, now headed for the committee stage, provides for the establishment of a new division in the South African Police Service.
Erasmus commission chairperson Judge Nathan Erasmus on Monday dismissed an application by the City of Cape Town for the commission's suspension. The commission was set up by Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool last year to probe the city's own investigation of renegade councillor Badih Chaaban.
African National Congress president Jacob Zuma has failed to inspire confidence during his first few months at the party's helm, says University of South Africa rector Barney Pityana. ''We now enter a new era. It is a time shrouded in anxiety and uncertainty with the looming presidency of Jacob Zuma and a new assertive leadership of the ANC,'' he said on Monday.
Controversial Cape Town councillor Badih Chaaban is adamant he will not relinquish control over Greenmarket Square without a fight. According to recent reports, Chaaban has held a lease on Greenmarket Square for 15 years. The Cape Town council took a decision at the end of June to terminate Chaaban's lease and regain control over the square.
All wild abalone (perlemoen) fishing will be suspended from November 1 to ensure the survival of the species, the government announced on Thursday. A social plan to address the job losses resulting from the decision has been approved, government communications head Themba Maseko said.
Virtually all Cabinet ministers and their deputies turned out for Wednesday's fortnightly Cabinet meeting at Tuynhuys sporting Springbok rugby supporter's jerseys, jackets or a cap. One minister, rather conspicuous in a traditional robe among the green and gold attire, was heard to remark: ''My underwear is green.''
The embattled Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) has suffered a further blow with the defection of its deputy president Themba Godi and two MPLs to the newly formed African People's Convention (APC). Godi's move to the APC was announced by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete at the start of proceedings on Tuesday.
The South African Cabinet has strongly criticised the ''distasteful'' media coverage around Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. Briefing the media on Thursday after the Cabinet's fortnightly meeting on Wednesday, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said the Cabinet took a dim view of the distasteful coverage of the minister.