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Magashule & Malema vs Ramaphosa, plus 5 highlights from the new Vrye Weekblad

26 July 2019 - 07:56 By TimesLIVE
Julius Malema.
Julius Malema.

It was clear at the start of the past week that we could expect a fierce new attack from Ace Magashule and Julius Malema, writes Max du Preez in this week's edition of Afrikaans digital weekly Vrye Weekblad. Things just weren't going their way:

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  • Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was declared a liar in a shock ruling by the Constitutional Court. Her days are numbered.
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a credible challenge to Mkhwebane's findings against him in a nationally televised broadcast, and there was reason to believe the high court would by the end of the week grant an interdict against her findings regarding minister Pravin Gordhan.
  • EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu was secretly visiting the don of "white monopoly capital", Johann Rupert, according to a new book by journalist Pieter du Toit.
  • The Zondo commission investigating state capture started hearing testimony regarding the Estina dairy-farm scandal – the real story rather than the fiction of Mkhwebane's "investigation". It won't end well for Magashule and his fellow Gupta lieutenant Mosebenzi Zwane.
  • Pieter-Louis Myburgh of the Scorpio unit for investigative journalism dug deep into the leaked Gupta emails and reported on even more problems at the dairy farm, once again linked to Magashule and former minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Malema's first reaction was a public address outside the Pretoria high court after the court had heard Gordhan's application for an interdict.

We do not care what the white judge decided, he shouted, adding that only white and Indian people were supporting Gordhan's court action. The EFF was not stepping back from its war against Gordhan, he said.

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