Blade denies conflict over Seta funding

Posted 01 December 2015

Higher education minister Blade Nzimande has proposed the effective nationalisation of skills training. He also founded a trust that received millions from Sector Education Training Authorities (Setas) that fall under his purview, though he denies any conflict of interest. 

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Right To Know campaigners gather outside Joburg Court

Posted 24 November 2014

The Right To Know campaign is taking its fight to the courts, demanding that the SA Police Services release its list of National Key Points. It is arguing that making public the list of Key Points is a crucial step in challenging the creep of unjustified national security secrecy in SA.

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More anti-corruption units won't help

Posted 21 July 2013

South Africa has more than a dozen anti-corruption units, yet still it scores well below our main trading partners in the Transparency International anti-corruption index. There are better ways to tackle this thorny issue, writes Paul Hoffman SC of the Institute of Accountability in Southern Africa.

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The surveillance state is fighting for its life

Posted 06 July 2013

Revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden of the National Security Agency's mass snooping of phone calls and emails may be the start of a worldwide roll-back of state incursions into our civil liberties. SA will not be exempted, writes Ciaran Ryan. 

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SA government spying worse than US

Posted 30 June 2013

For all the outrage over the US surveillance programme leaked by whistleblower Ed Snowden, South Africans will be shocked to learn that our own government is miles ahead of the US in terms of snooping. 

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Who will protect us from the spies?

Posted 26 June 2013

South Africa's Secrecy Bill is all about protecting our own spy agencies from scrutiny, says Steven Friedman. Recent revelations by former CIA spy Edward Snowden of massive surveillance programmes being carried out by the US and Britain has triggered a timely debate over how much privacy should we be handing over to these agencies.

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NSA whistleblower says everyone is being spied on

Posted 10 June 2013

Given the recent controversy over SA's Secrecy Bill, here comes an alarming disclosure of just how far government over-reach goes. US National Security Agency advisor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden, says everyone's communications are being monitored by US intelligence agencies.

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What does the rand have to do with our courts?

Posted 04 June 2013

To understand why the rand has dropped below R10 to the US dollar, start looking at the subversion of the rule of law that has been allowed to take hold in South Africa, writes Paul Hoffmann of the Institute of Accountability in Southern Africa in Business Day.

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This is how bad laws get made

Posted 12 May 2013

Bad laws end up on the statute books because no-one holds law makers accountable for the decisions they make. Successful countries subject proposed laws to rigorous cost-benefit analyses to ensure they do not produce unforeseen or unintended consequences. It's time we did the same.

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No easy passage for Secrecy Bill

Posted 23 April 2013

The so-called Secrecy Bill remains one of the most controversial and divisive pieces of legislation to come before the National Assembly. Despite improvements, the current version remains an affront to individual rights and could end up in the Constitutional Court.

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