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Ferial Haffajee

News analysis: Did Nkandla spark SARS war?

14 December 2014 15:00

When the deputy commissioner of the SA Revenue Service (Sars), Ivan Pillay, read about the costs and reports associated with the extensions to President Jacob Zuma’s homestead at Nkandla, he commissioned legal advice on what the tax implications might be, say sources loyal to him.

Editor’s note: He ruined justice

5 October 2014 15:00

I’ve long thought the former head of the Directorate of Special Operations, Leonard McCarthy, was less than honest. The
release of transcripts of the so-called “spy tapes” – intercepted conversations belonging to South Africa’s intelligence services – means I now know so.