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From Transport to Defence: New Secretary for Defence Appointed in South Africa

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      15th April 2010 The recent appointment, last month, of Mpumi Mpofu as the new Secretary for Defence (Sec Def) in South Africa by President Jacob Zuma came somewhat... 

The Politics of Seizing Stolen Assets in South Africa

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      14th April 2010 The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) is known as one of the major components of the state's war on organised crime. Local and international experts seem... 

Very Expensive Milk and Cookies 

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      13th April 2010 A recent report in the South African media (Rapport 24 January 2010) related the story of a 23-year old man, Morgan Matlala, who entered the... 

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Is Malema untouchable? 

By: Denis Worrall     9th April 2010 In the wake of right-wing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche's murder, itself obviously deeply regrettable, some seriously negative statements have been... 

The Great Divide(r) 

By: Amy Witherden     9th April 2010 Just over two months ahead of the FIFA World Cup, South Africa is in crisis. The current political climate in the country seems to suggest that the... 

Review call made as Nersa again rebuffs Transnet on pipeline tariffs

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2010 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has indicated that it will continue investigations and consultations on the appropriate... 

NGO’s and Their Quest for Legitimacy in Africa  

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      8th April 2010 There have been several changes in the dominant orientation of development policy over the past few decades. The emphasis on state-led development,... 

Defence budget: Expecting too Much from too Little?

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      8th April 2010 The South African Government has drastically reduced its defence budget since 1991, as the threat of large scale war with the country's neighbors... 

Time to move away from the Malema monologue to dialogue on our future 

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      7th April 2010 A hip-hop star, allegedly high on cocaine ploughs into a group of schoolchildren in Soweto, killing 4 of them. The National Director of Public... 

The Anti-Trafficking Bill, the Immigration Act and the Refugee Appeal Board 

By: Chris Watters     7th April 2010 The Justice Portfolio Committee's announcement that it will not be ‘fast-tracking' the Anti-Tracking Bill [‘ATB'] is to be welcomed by allowing for... 

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