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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
Optimum loses a round in high court battle to save its ‘damaged’ reputation
Optimum loses a round in high court battle to save its ‘damaged’ reputation
Handing over a list of reported suspicious transactions by the Gupta family and its companies was a clerical and not an administrative action, the...
Just who manages DGs is disputed
Just who manages DGs is disputed
Directors general of government departments work for the president, not ministers, the high court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday. That means only...
JZ’s criminal status key for ANC rules
JZ’s criminal status key for ANC rules
If corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma were to be re-enrolled, a fraught responsibility would fall on ANC secretary general Gwede...
High court strikes down corporal punishment defence for parents
High court strikes down corporal punishment defence for parents
As of Thursday morning, the “reasonable chastisement” of a child by a parent is no longer a valid shield against a charge of common assault....
Mkhwebane’s R40-million handshake
Mkhwebane’s R40-million handshake
At the end of a non-renewable seven-year term in office, South Africa’s public protector receives a lump-sum payment. When Lawrence Mushwana left...
Baroda unfair to Guptas – judge
Baroda unfair to Guptas – judge
If several companies controlled by the Gupta family max out their loans they can still access about R370-million from the Bank of Baroda, a court...
No escape for Dlamini this time round
No escape for Dlamini this time round
On January 22 next year, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini will have to take an oath and then answer the questions of two civil society...
Gupta companies get another bank account reprieve
Gupta companies get another bank account reprieve
The Bank of Baroda on Monday learnt the price of being the last institution to try to end their relationship with the Gupta family: at least...
KPMG digs itself in deeper
KPMG digs itself in deeper
The senior managers KPMG said, just three weeks ago, “will be leaving the firm” remain on its payroll while they serve out notice periods, the...
SCA dismisses Mac Maharaj gagging appeal, endorses transparency
SCA dismisses Mac Maharaj gagging appeal, endorses transparency
Sometimes — such as when a former cabinet minister and presidential spokesperson stands accused of corruption and lying — justice...
Gupta firms sail close to the wind
Gupta firms sail close to the wind
Auditors SizweNtsalubaGobodo (SNG) this week abandoned companies controlled by the Gupta family and their associates, citing a board decision after...
Court rules voters must know who funds parties: What happens next?
Court rules voters must know who funds parties: What happens next?
The Constitution requires that political parties must disclose their funding, the high court in Cape Town ruled on Wednesday. If this is confirmed...