Sunday Times Politics Weekly

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Coalition chaos — why we must hold elected politicians accountable

The latest local authority elections have been hailed as an indicator of the rapidly waning influence of the ANC. But they also gave us a foretaste of what life might be like under a national coalition government. To date, that foretaste has at times been sweet, and at other times rancid and desperately wanting. 

This week on the Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we look at the phenomenon of coalitions and how they might affect our lives in future. Are they a progressive step towards accountability, or an unmitigated disaster?

We all know the solution: get the politicians out of Eskom

As power generation crumbles around our ears, experts are calling to have politicians ousted from Eskom's decision-making processes.
South Africa in the throes of the worst power crisis in history and the government has again promised it has a plan to end load-shedding. But given previous empty promises, what is the country to make of government pronouncements?
This is the question Sunday Times Politics Weekly host Mike Siluma poses to Pan African Investment and Research Services CE Dr Iraj Abedian and former statistician-general Dr Pali Lehohla. 
Abedian and Lehohla's reply is uniform and overwhelming: our politicians are not engineers, nor are they procurement or strategic planning experts — and they need to be removed from Eskom's decision-making processes. 

Will forcing politicians to use public services solve service delivery woes?

One of the biggest problems in our country is the failure of the state to provide quality services to us, the citizens – such as public health services, transport and education.

This week Sunday Times columnist Prof William Gumede wrote that the solution lies in forcing political leaders to use public services in order to improve them.

In this podcast, Gumede, associate professor at the School of Governance at Wits, and Prof Busani Ngcaweni, principal of the National School of Government, join our regular host Mike Siluma to discuss the proposition.

Gumede defends and expands upon his argument, while Ngcaweni broadly agrees with Gumede but identifies potential shortfalls in the implementation of such a plan.

Zweli Mkhize on ANC presidency, Digital Vibes and Cyril Ramaphosa

On Sunday Times Politics Weekly, Zweli Mkhize chats about what he will do if he is elected ANC president at the party's elective conference this weekend, Digital Vibes corruption allegations and the growing support he has received since being nominated.
The former health minister received 916 nominations for the position, while his rival, President Cyril Ramaphosa, received 2,037. However, Mkhize says after engagements with ANC branches, all indications are that he has “huge support”.
He also touches on where the ANC's focus should be, state capture, nationalisation of the Reserve Bank, the formation of a state bank and the energy crisis.

A fish rots from the head & the ANC's NEC nominees are giving off a stink

The much-anticipated ANC national conference takes place next week at Nasrec in Johannesburg. Apart from providing policy direction for the organisation, one of the key tasks of the conference will be to choose a new party leadership. But unfortunately for the party, none of its nominated leaders join the fray without the lingering stink of scandal and accusation.
In today’s episode of the Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we look at key individuals who have been proposed by ANC branches for leadership, who may also end up as the country’s leadership, and unpack some of the controversy and allegations surrounding the top names. Joining our host Mike Siluma, are Associate Professor at the School of Governance at Wits University William Gumede and Sunday Times politics writer Zimasa Matiwane.

One on one with ANC treasurer-general contender Pule Mabe

Pule Mabe joins Sunday Times Politics Weekly to reflect on his tenure as ANC spokesperson, speaks about contesting for a top 6 position, competition, dubious cadres and party electoral decline.
Mabe is running for the position of treasurer-general alongside presidency special adviser Benjamin Chauke, who received 552 nominations, and recently resigned ANC Ekurhuleni councillor Mzwandile Masina, who received 348 nominations. Mabe was in second position with 428 nominations.
Mabe says he is not moved by competition but his own dubious cadres. He does not believe in candidates with no credentials.
“You can buy branches to nominate you but not credentials,” says Mabe when he speak about names on ballots who he believes don’t have organisational “literature”.
Mabe says when the party elects its new leadership next month, comrades must ask if they can trust candidates who cannot be located in the history of the party’s revolution.
He echoes sentiments of other party comrades who say the party will die if there is no change.

Masualle on why Ramaphosa must go, ANC factions, NEC, Mkhize as president

Public enterprises deputy minister Phumulo Masualle, chatting to Sunday Times Politics Weekly, says some candidates for the ANC top six don’t deserve support.
He motivates why President Cyril Ramaphosa's time in office has expired and rallies behind former health minister Zweli Mkhize. Ramaphosa and Mkhize are the only candidates running for presidency next month when the party elects new leadership.
Masualle has received most support for his bid to be the next ANC secretary-general from KwaZulu-Natal, while most of his home province, the Eastern Cape, supports former KZN secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli.
He prides himself on his “absolute” integrity and says he does not have sleepless nights over “shady dealings” during his tenure as Eastern Cape premier. Masualle alleges people tried to tarnish his name by depositing funds meant for former president Nelson Mandela's funeral into his personal bank account. Reports suggest the amount deposited was R250,000.
He reflects on his leadership legacy in the Eastern Cape.

Podcast hosted by Mawande AmaShabalala, production by Bulelani Nonyukela.

Mdumiseni Ntuli diagnoses the ANC, chats Zuma incarceration fabrications

ANC “top six” contender Mdumiseni Ntuli spoke to Sunday Times Politics Weekly.
He assesses the governing party and speaks about “lies” he found himself embroiled in with former KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala, including plotting to have former president Jacob Zuma incarcerated.
Ntuli is running for the secretary-general position. He is confident he will receive the support of most provinces at the December elective conference and is prepared to declare his financial statements.
He says the ANC will have no future if its leadership is not changed.
Ntuli, now former ANC KwaZulu-Natal secretary, also speaks about “negative campaigns” against him before the 2017 conference at Nasrec.
He joins the host of the episode, Kgothatso Madisa.
Production by Bulelani Nonyukela.

Mashatile talks positions, SOEs, Phala Phala, former presidents

Paul Mashatile hosted the Sunday Times Politics Weekly team at his home to chat, rolling up his sleeves to be “hands on deck” if elected ANC deputy president next month.
He is ANC treasurer-general and speaks about his rise to the position. The governing party will elect its new leadership at its elective conference from December 16 to 20 and Mashatile has been nominated for deputy president, along with Ronald Lamola, Mmamoloko Kubayi, Senzo Mchunu, Phumulo Masualle and Oscar Mabuyane, among others.
South Africa has been hit hard by load-shedding this year, but Mashatile said solutions are being implemented and load-shedding will end, but it needs the private sector to come on board.
The host of the special edition of the podcast is Sunday Times journalist Kgothatso Madisa, produced by Bulelani Nonyukela.

Mokonyane alleges assassination attempts, talks contestation, weeps over Duarte

ANC deputy secretary-general hopeful Nomvula Mokonyane opens up to Sunday Times Politics weekly about dirty politics, why she is contesting and corruption-accused Bosasa.
She is hoping to win an ANC secretary-general position when the party holds its elective conference next month.
The former environmental affairs minister hosts Kgothatso Madisa at her home and reflects on her relationship with late ANC acting secretary-general and anti-apartheid activist Jessie Yasmin Duarte.
Mokonyane describes herself as a community activist and wants the party’s headquarters, Luthuli House, to be a vibrant house full of activists.

We need to transition from generation that fought for freedom, says Lamola

ANC deputy president hopeful Ronald Lamola talks to Sunday Times Politics Weekly about his personal life and politics.
In conversation with special edition host Kgothatso Madisa from his home, Lamola focuses on his life before politics and what he can offer should he pin down the position. 
The ruling party is expected to hold its national elective conference next month, at which its new top six leaders will be elected. Nominations close on Monday.
The justice and correctional services minister says Cyril Ramaphosa should return as president as he has rebuilt SOEs and laid a foundation for the ANC's renewal.

I need to put on my big girl panties and keep going: Phalatse

Recent political events in coalition-run municipalities have cast doubt on the viability of such governments. A prime example is Johannesburg, whose mayor Mpho Phalatse and speaker Vasco da Gama were removed last month after no-confidence motions.
Phalatse was ousted by an ANC-led coalition that included the EFF and Patriotic Alliance (PA). 
Sunday Times Politics Weekly hosts the mayor, who has since been reinstated and says she still believes in coalitions, but that the ANC bloc is focused on corruption.
On the possibility of being voted out again, Phalatse says anything is possible in politics, but tough as it may be, she is not bowing out of it.

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