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Deputy president’s poison scares

ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma's security personnel were forced to take additional precautionary measures last year after rumours originated that he would be poisoned, the Mail & Guardian has learnt. It is unclear from where the rumours emanated, but the M&G understands that Zuma's aides were tipped off by sources within the National Intelligence Agency.

Selebi and the stolen cars

For a commissioner of police, Jackie Selebi has a rather unfortunate history of association with stolen cars. As early as 1998, when he had just been appointed director general of foreign affairs, Selebi was reportedly shocked to discover that he owned a stolen BMW.

‘I don’t know how I can keep helping’

South Africa's only civil society network for rape and abuse victims, Themba Lesizwe, has collapsed after the European Union withdrew â,¬20-million it had pledged to the organisation over the next three years. Themba Lesizwe, established in 2001 by four NGOs, had grown into a network of 269 affiliates in the victim empowerment sector in South Africa.

Mbeki ‘above courts’

President Thabo Mbeki has submitted, in a potentially far-reaching argument for separation of powers, that courts are not equipped to review his 2006 decision to dismiss National Intelligence Agency boss Billy Masetlha. If they did, Mbeki has argued in the Constitutional Court, national security would be threatened.

ANC chiefs meet on Mbeki third term

The Eastern Cape African National Congress's call for President Thabo Mbeki to retain the party's presidency for a third term moved to the national stage this week when all ANC provincial secretaries gathered for a one-day meeting on Thursday in Bloemfontein to discuss the party's presidential succession battle.

Masetlha drags ANC boss to court

Former National Intelligence Agency boss Billy Masetlha has subpoenaed African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Kgalema Motlanthe to hand over the ruling party's ''hoax'' email report. The report, sealed and classified as confidential, will form part of Masetlha's defence in his fraud trial in July.

Phosa critique blocked

A hard-hitting document by former Mpumalanga premier Matthews Phosa criticising the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for being compromised by party politics was held back “for sterilisation” by the ANC's top brass, an ANC leader has told the Mail & Guardian.

Managing the labyrinth

Polo Radebe, the chief director of the black economic empowerment (BEE) unit in the department of trade and industry, said that the greatest challenge the unit faced was regulating the labyrinth of empowerment legislation, which included eight Acts and 15 industry charters. On February 9, the broad-based BEE codes of good practice passed into law.

Arguing for a gender quota

“I often joke to the men that they have a genetic defect -- they don't see capable women,” quipped Frene Ginwala this week. Ginwala, the former speaker of Parliament , is a member of the constitutional affairs sub-committee of the ANC's NEC. This body has the ultimate responsibility for implementing the new quota system by adjusting the ANC constitution.

Big ANC executive shake-out

Forget Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma's battle over the presidency. The ANC's December national congress will be dominated by a struggle over the party's national executive committee (NEC) -- its highest decision-­making body between conferences. The NEC will undergo its most extensive leadership overhaul since 1994 at this congress.

‘No hoax in the hoax emails’

The African National Congress (ANC) task team investigating the ''hoax'' email saga has found the email messages to be genuine, the Mail & Guardian can exclusively reveal. The investigators identified those they considered responsible -- but could not release their names after the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) rejected the report at its weekend meeting.

ANC reluctant to legislate on political party funding

Nearly two years after it made a public commitment to do so, the ANC has made no progress in developing legislation to regulate private funding to political parties. The ANC's pledge to develop legislation followed the dismissal in April 2005 of a high court application by civil society group Idasa aimed at forcing the DA, the ANC, the IFP and the former New National Party to reveal major private financial donors.

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