Ru­pert cries ‘thief!’ while Mkhwe­bane claims in­no­cence

Sunday Times - - WEEK IN REVIEW -

It was an­other event­ful week in the state cap­ture saga, with busi­ness­man Jo­hann Ru­pert, a favourite tar­get of the “white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal” brigade, set­ting the tone with his claim that rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion is just code for theft.

Later, pub­lic pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane found her­self in trou­ble again. A Re­serve Bank af­fi­davit showed she had met Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and the State Se­cu­rity Agency be­fore re­leas­ing her in­fa­mous re­port on chang­ing the man­date of the bank. She claimed, af­ter ad­mit­ting to the meet­ings, that there was noth­ing ir­reg­u­lar about them.

The High Court in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg threw a span­ner in the works of the ANC suc­ces­sion race when it ruled that the prov­ince’s con­fer­ence that elected a Zu­ma­sup­port­ing lead­er­ship was ir­reg­u­lar.

Au­dit­ing com­pany KPMG apol­o­gised for “fail­ings” in its work done for the po­lit­i­cally con­nected Gupta fam­ily. It fol­lowed PR firm Bell Pot­tinger’s sim­i­lar apol­ogy re­cently.

And Pub­lic Ser­vice Min­is­ter Faith Muthambi said the R3-mil­lion she blew on im­bi­zos was money well spent.

In the East­ern Cape, a mother was freed on R500 bail af­ter stab­bing to death a man she found rap­ing her adult daugh­ter.

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