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State Capture eroded institutions in South Africa. How the revenue service is rebuilding itself

State Capture eroded institutions in South Africa. How the revenue service is rebuilding itself

SOUTH Africa’s Revenue Service is one of many state institutions in South Africa that have been fingered in the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. In addition, a special commission established to investigate internal governance at the agency found massive failures of governance. Professor Mills Soko spoke to Commissioner Edward Kieswetter about the turnaround at the state institution. Author MILLS SOKO, Professor: International Business & Strategy, Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand Mills Soko: You worked as a power station manager at the state utility Eskom which is currently in so much trouble. What was your experience working…
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Lobby groups call on government to double sugar tax to fight ill-health

Lobby groups call on government to double sugar tax to fight ill-health

ABBEY MAKOE A group of prominent economic, medical and public health scholars made an impassioned plea to both the South African National Treasury and the SA Revenue Services (SARS), in a rare open letter published in the mainstream media, to double the “sugar tax”.  In the widely debated letter since then, the society’s brightest minds – evidently concerned about the impact and contribution of sugar particularly in beverages, made a case for the relevant authorities to double SA’s health promotion levy, commonly known as the “sugar tax”. The full-page advertisement has created a national dialogue over the effects of sugar…
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Protesters march on Nigerian parliament after army threatens to step in

Protesters march on Nigerian parliament after army threatens to step in

ALEXIS AKWAGYIRAM and CAMILLUS EBOH HUNDREDS of protesters have marched to the gates of Nigeria's parliament, hours after the army said it was ready to step in and restore order after more than a week of demonstrations against police brutality. The protest defied a ban on mass rallies in the capital Abuja that the government said was imposed earlier on Thursday to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Chanting crowds also blocked roads and waved flags and banners in the commercial hub Lagos, where protesters reported clashing with unidentified men wielding weapons. Video on social media appeared to show men…
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Burned-out buildings and armed gangs in Lagos despite president’s plea

Burned-out buildings and armed gangs in Lagos despite president’s plea

ANGELA UKOMADU  GANGS armed with knives and sticks have blocked major roads in Lagos, with many angered by a speech by Nigeria's president in which he appealed for calm but failed to condemn the killing of protesters demanding an end to alleged police brutality. The unrest is the worst street violence since Nigeria's return to civilian rule in 1999 and the most serious political crisis confronting President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military leader who came to power at the ballot box in 2015. A highway leading to the international airport was obstructed by blockades manned by groups of young men…
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Nigerian police pledge Red Cross training nationwide protests continue

Nigerian police pledge Red Cross training nationwide protests continue

LIBBY GEORGE and TIFE OWOLABI THE International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will help train Nigeria's new tactical force as thousands nationwide continue to march against police brutality and in demand of further reforms, Nigeria's police inspector general has said. Protests began roughly two weeks ago demanding the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which was accused by Nigerians and groups such as Amnesty International of extortion, brutality and torture. The police force has repeatedly denied the accusations against SARS, though it said earlier this month that "unruly and unprofessional" officers had been arrested and were facing disciplinary…
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Why are Nigerians protesting against police brutality?

Why are Nigerians protesting against police brutality?

LIBBY GEORGE  NIGERIANS protesting police brutality have hit the streets across Africa's most populous nation for more than a week, and the hashtag #EndSARS trended on Twitter even after the police promised to dismantle the controversial unit on October 11. What is SARS, what attempts have been made to address police abuses in Nigeria and what do protesters want? WHAT WAS 'SARS'? * Police formed the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in 1992 to tackle violent crime such as car-jackings, armed robbery and kidnapping. Because SARS was initially designed as a covert force, officers did not wear uniforms - a practice…
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