THE THIRD UMPIRE
What to do when the media allege corruption in the organisation you run? Well, if you chair the National Lotteries Commission you apparently call in the State Security Agency to investigate the journalists, rather than the allegations.
The ANC s Johannesburg regional chair is accused of extracting as much as R30m in “fees” from Regiments Capital, some of it when he was finance MMC and Regiments was managing the city’s multibillion-rand “sinking fund”. Keep joining the dots.
Italy’s prime minister is backpedalling furiously after the populist coalition he heads took on the EU by deliberately exceeding its budget deficit limit. Faced with a choice between financial sanctions and breaking election promises, he has chosen the latter.