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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
Call it fake news and call it out
Call it fake news and call it out
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has heard it argued. Many respected experts, local and foreign, subscribe to...
In danger or not, all mayors may have bodyguards
In danger or not, all mayors may have bodyguards
Every mayor and municipal council speaker in South Africa is now eligible for council-funded bodyguards without any requirement to first determine...
Gauteng faces subpoena in possible BP criminal prosecution
Gauteng faces subpoena in possible BP criminal prosecution
The closest thing Gauteng has to an environment department is due to be subpoenaed to give evidence in a criminal environmental trial, because it...
Assault sparks journalists’ boycott
Assault sparks journalists’ boycott
Cyril Ramaphosa’s first media appearance as ANC president was boycotted by journalists on Tuesday in protest over Bloomberg journalist...
​ANC voting continues as leaders tweet their choices
​ANC voting continues as leaders tweet their choices
Between midnight and sunrise five provinces cast their votes for the top leadership of the ANC, and top leaders were nailing their colours to the...
Koko’s Eskom comeback now depends on interdict plans
Koko’s Eskom comeback now depends on interdict plans
The return to Eskom of its controversial CEO Matshela Koko — now considered likely — could come before the end of the year, it seemed...
ConCourt prepares to hear bid to block Zuma corruption decision
ConCourt prepares to hear bid to block Zuma corruption decision
The Constitutional Court on Friday prepared to step in should National Prosecuting Agency (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams show any sign of making a...
New law to protect top torturers
New law to protect top torturers
Next year Parliament will be asked to radically alter the relationship between South Africa and the International Criminal Court (ICC) — and...
Zuma runs out of legal road – and public money to build more of it
Zuma runs out of legal road – and public money to build more of it
President Jacob Zuma has stalled the establishment of a commission of inquiry on state capture for more than a year, but may have to reach deep...
​Zuma: Ramaphosa can not be my co-President
​Zuma: Ramaphosa can not be my co-President
Even as the high court in Pretoria was delivering a series of nasty blows to President Jacob Zuma in a judgment on Wednesday, his legal team filed...
Personal costs for 'flagrant' court abuser Zuma
Personal costs for 'flagrant' court abuser Zuma
The high court in Pretoria on Wednesday delivered a harsh reprimand of the conduct of President Jacob Zuma, finding that he acted “in flagrant...
Good news, bad news for ANC rebels in Grahamstown court judgment
Good news, bad news for ANC rebels in Grahamstown court judgment
The high court in Grahamstown on Tuesday delivered a distinctly mixed bag for those who still wish to challenge provincial proceedings leading up...