Last week Malusi Gigaba, the former Minister of Finance who was recently moved back to his position as Minister of Home Affairs, told a press conference in Parliament that Atul Gupta was not a South African citizen. This statement was false. It was not the first time that Minister Gigaba had made a false statement in a matter that related to the notorious Gupta family. To get a better understanding of the Minister’s adventurous relationship with the truth, it is necessary to study various court judgments relating to the rather strange issue of the establishment of a VVIP terminal at OR Tambo airport.

Wading through technical court judgments can be tedious. Constitutional Court judgments can be particularly cumbersome, as some judges tend to write an entire page when a sentence would have sufficed. But sometimes judgments – even those written in dry and factual prose – can mesmerise the reader because they reveal so much about the strange, truly screwed-up, nature of life in early twenty-first-century South Africa. (more…)


Quote of the week

The Land is Ours is Ngcukaitobi’s first book, and this reviewer sincerely urges that it should not be his last. His suggestion that the answers to the land question and restitution lie within the confines of the law, even if the law itself alone is insufficient for justice, is a useful provocation, especially to those with ready access to the levers of law. However, in the meantime, so-called land invasions by poor, landless Black people continue, as do their evictions by the state’s anti-land-invasion units, and the destruction of the homes they’ve made on the vast tracts of open land owned by individuals, companies and the state.

Perfect Hlongwane.
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