It was touted to be a friendly, "inquisitorial" forum, but had all the elements of a bitter family feud where old comrades squared up in new battles. On the one side: the mandarins of the state and the political party that brought liberation, fighting to protect old networks of solidarity.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) submitted parliamentary questions to President Thabo Mbeki on Monday, asking him to clear the air on his alleged involvement in the arms deal. The <i>Sunday Times</i> reported that business magnate Tokyo Sexwale had made an "impassioned plea" for Mbeki "to take the ANC into his confidence".
Senior African National Congress leader Tokyo Sexwale has called on President Thabo Mbeki to explain his involvement in the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal, a media report said on Sunday. Sexwale made an impassioned plea to a hushed ANC national executive committee meeting on Friday for Mbeki "to take the ANC into his confidence".
The "specialist nature" of the Scorpions might well be retained, wherever the unit is finally located, President Thabo Mbeki said on Sunday. He said the government remained firmly committed to ensuring South Africa's capacity to fight organised crime was enhanced, not reduced.
The African National Congress (ANC) has laid down the law to President Thabo Mbeki following two days of discussions between its national executive committee and the Cabinet, the <i>Sunday Times</i> reported. The ANC was also moving to get Mbeki to appoint Kgalema Motlanthe as a second deputy president in government.
<a href="http://www.mg.co.za/specialreport.aspx?area=ancconference_home"><img src="http://www.mg.co.za/ContentImages/327874/livefrompolo.gif" align=left border=0></a>In the aftermath of Tuesday's top six election, several senior Cabinet ministers and their aides are now getting their CVs together and are suddenly looking forward to the <i>Mail & Guardian</i> jobs section on Friday -- they realise their future in a Zuma government and ANC is not looking very bright.
Police National Commissioner Jackie Selebi's office has rejected claims that police regulations require Selebi's suspension while allegations against him are being investigated. Selebi's spokesperson Director Sally de Beer said on Tuesday a Freedom Front Plus statement in this regard was incorrect.
The Democratic Alliance is to ask President Thabo Mbeki questions in Parliament relating to National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli's suspension and the reported warrant of arrest issued for police National Commissioner Jackie Selebi. The party's parliamentary leader Sandra Botha said it was "imperative that the president informs the nation".
The suspension of South Africa's National Director of Public Prosecutions amid silence by President Thabo Mbeki has led to concerns of government meddling in the country's justice system. Mbeki's integrity came under fire as his suspension of National Prosecuting Authority chief Vusi Pikoli was linked to the alleged pending arrest of police National Commissioner Jackie Selebi.
There are deeper issues in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) than simply the suspension of National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli, the South African Communist Party said on Monday, following an announcement from the Presidency on Monday that President Thabo Mbeki had suspended Pikoli.