Five things you need to know about SA on 3/4/2009

1. Nic Dawes will take over as editor of the Mail & Guardian from Ferial Haffajee, who is off to City Press. Dawes joined the M&G from ThisDay in 2004 as an investigative and political reporter. 2. The cops are patrolling the National Prosecuting Authority’s Pretoria headquarters as tension mounts over whether the charges against … Read more

Five things you need to know about SA today

1. Former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang is poised to make a dramatic comeback in a cabinet reshuffle later this week, reports The Times, after Health Minister Barbara Hogan thumbed her nose at the government’s line on allowing the Dalai Lama  into the country. Read the story here. 2. And if you believe that, you’ve forgotten … Read more

Five things you need to know about SA on 31/03/2009

1. Louis Theroux, eat your heart out. Check out this weird IOL story about an enraged man allegedly threatening to blow up his fiancee while brandishing a bazooka in the Firkin Fun Pub in Pretoria at the weekend. And because this is South Africa, the source of the bazooka is totally bizarre. This is what … Read more

Five things you need to know about SA on 30/03/2009

1. Eskom is likely to apply for a 34% increase in electricity tariffs this year, says Business Day, far below the expected 88%. Read the story here. 2. Business Day also says that the NPA is expected to drop all charges against ANC president Jacob Zuma today that include corruption and racketeeing arising from the … Read more

Five things you need to know about SA on 27/03/2009

1. The thot plickens! Bulelani Ngcuka, the former National Prosecuting Authority head, is now accused of calling the shots — with businessmen Saki Macozoma — at the Congress of the People, leading to the “imposition” of Bishop Mvume Dandala as Cope’s presidential candidate, says a Cope member who has defected back to the ANC. This … Read more

Five things you need to know about SA on 26/03/2009

1. Business Day has a cooker of a story. The evidence ANC president Jacob Zuma’s legal team gave to the National Prosecuting Authority included taped conversation — allegedly gathered by state intelligence agencies — between former president Thabo Mbeki and former Scorpions head Leonard McCarthy. Says the newspaper: The recorded conversations include a host of … Read more

Five things you need to know about SA on 24/03/2009

1. The lawyer for the three doctors who treated Jacob Zuma’s former financial advisor, Schabir Shaik, says they did not sign documents recommending medical parole for Shaik. Read the story at The Times here. 2. Top Durban businessmen have been linked to a child prostitution ring, reports The Witness. There’s no names yet but they … Read more

Five things you need to know about SA on 23/03/2009

1. Former Springbok star Joost van der Westhuizen has decided not to press ahead with legal action over a sex and drugs video allegedly featuring him in a starring role, reports Beeld. He had planned to file charges of extortion and defamation and sue Heat magazine and Rapport newspaper for their reporting on the video. … Read more

Five things you need to know about SA on 20/03/2009

1. Today’s Mail & Guardian has an interesting insight into what’s going on behind closed doors at the National Prosecuting Authority regarding ANC president Jacob Zuma’s case. His legal team told the NPA at the meeting this week they should drop the corruption charges because of two new pieces of evidence. No further details were … Read more