Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today:
- ANC alliance partner the SACP says that president Jacob Zuma stepping down is only the first step in the party’s path to self-correction, and that anyone caught involved with serious corruption should be removed, arrested, charged and sent to jail. However, the DA has expressed doubt that getting rid of Zuma will make any difference, saying the culture of corruption and stealing from the people of South Africa is now rooted within the ANC.
- Zuma, meanwhile, was on the campaign trail in divided municipalities in KwaZulu Natal, making the same promises he has been making for the past few years – that the people should trust the ANC, vowing that the party will self-correct and fix the mistakes it has made. He was campaigning in areas that were left divided after the previous local elections.
- South Africa’s e-toll saga continues, and is getting even messier as civil action group Outa claims to have barred a third of the 155 or cases it is defending on behalf of its members. The cases in question were reportedly barred on ground that proper procedures were not followed, and the monies Sanral was looking to recoup (R2 million in the 55 cases barred) had prescribed. Outa said Sanral’s attempt to extort money through the courts would take years.
- The DA wants a probe into another so-called intelligence report, which weekend papers said was produced by president Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, and used as the basis to make changes to Eskom’s executive team in 2015. Following these changes, CEO Brian Molefe was appointed, and a Gupta-linked company, Trillian, came on board. The DA wants Parliament to investigate these claims.
- South Africa’s rand strengthened on Friday against the ailing dollar, which limped toward its worst week against major currencies since last July on the turbulence surrounding Donald Trump’s U.S. presidency. On Monday, the rand was trading at R13.23 to the dollar, R17.20 to the pound and R14.81 to the euro.