• Feb. 24 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

Cautious budget reflects political landscape

A lot can happen in a political year, and anyone holding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s last two budget speeches side by side can see evidence of this. Gordhan presented his 2016/17 budget under extreme political pressure on Wednesday – amid some speculation that it may very well be his last – and thus it lacked somewhat the bold, authoritative tone of last year's on certain key issues such as the poor administrative leadership and decisive action against supply chain management transgressions within the public sector.

  • Feb. 10 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

SONA 2017: Corruption low on the agenda again

 

Expectations that President Jacob Zuma would not address corruption with any enthusiasm were not dashed – in his 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA) he managed just two sentences on the topic.

“The fight against corruption continues,” Zuma said. “Within the National Prosecuting Authority, the Asset Forfeiture Unit completed 389 forfeiture cases to the value of R349-million. They obtained 326 freezing orders to the value of R779-million.

“A total of R13-million rand was recovered in cases where government officials were involved in corruption and other related offences in the past year.”