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HuffPost Weekly Review: Calamity At KPMG, Makhosi's Mutinous Move And Tenacious Tumi's 'Racism' Takedown

These are the top South African stories you need to know from the third week of September 2017.

22/09/2017 16:55 SAST | Updated 22/09/2017 16:56 SAST
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1. CALAMITY AT KPMG -- If losing one of its biggest clients of 18 years, Sasfin, wasn't painful enough, KPMG's name was dragged further through the mud after Business Leadership SA snatched away its membership on Friday. The embattled auditing firm has been fighting to hold on to its clients after it disavowed its own report into Sars' now-debunked 'rogue unit'. Unbelievably, Sars commissioner Tom Moyane chose to cling on to the 'rogue unit' narrative.

South Africans are angry about the KPMG fiasco. That includes former Treasury duo Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas, who met with KPMG International's chairperson on Thursday. Sorry may have been the hardest word, it's probably not going to be enough to turn down the heat on the firm whose previous investigations -- from Shaik to Saambou -- may also come back to haunt it.

READ: KPMG And The False Objectivity Of The Big Four

2. MUTINOUS MAKHOSI -- The "corrupt and alien" ANC of today cannot be salvaged, according to former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza, who walked away from the party that 'shaped her moral conscience' over the years. In an emotional and angry speech at the iconic Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, Khoza lambasted the party, saying between 80 and 90 percent of its leadership would probably be in jail if all cases of corruption resulted in prosecution.

READ: ANC Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa Is a Pathological Liar, Says Makhosi Khoza

The party did not take kindly to its fiercest critic's 'conduct', although it said her departure didn't come as a surprise. ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the party hadn't received her resignation nor reasons for her departure. She disagreed, calling Kodwa a "pathological liar" who is "deeply uncomfortable with the truth". Khoza's next move -- outside the ANC to be sure -- is yet to be played.

3. TENACIOUS TUMI MORAKE -- Comedian and radio host Tumi Morake has received "unending support" following accusations against her of racism, but now she needs a break after the emotionally and physically taxing experience, her publicist said. She had been flooded with hate mail following her analogies on the effects of apartheid during her Jacaranda FM breakfast show, where she is a co-host.

Jacaranda FM has since come out in support of Morake, saying she "had not intended to insult any racial demographic and intended only to express her view of the apartheid period". Meanwhile, civil society action group amandla.mobi, in unison with chartered account Thoba Vokwana, launched a petition urging the station to "stand up for the ideals on which the new South Africa is built". Vokwana said it would "be a mistake if... organisations like [Solidarity] advance this discourse".

READ: Tumi Morake, Solidarity, And 21st Century Baaskap

Here are some other stories you shouldn't miss:

1. Jacob Zuma gets through his directors-general like nobody's business, with 216 axed, shifted or suspended since 2009. It's one reason service delivery is so poor. "Ideally, the two [minister and DG] are supposed to mirror each other... Together they constitute the political hand and administrative glove designed to guide and deliver services to the public," says Gareth Van Onselen, who wrote a report on the subject. Read here.

2. Robert Mugabe got some flak for falling asleep during Donald Trump's United Nations address. But he's not the only one -- remember our own President Zuma dozing off during a budget speech, or when the Aussie PM was too drunk to vote? Anyway, he probably didn't miss more than these 5 hilarious things while he was in la-la land.

3. Remember when Esther Mahlangu adorned a BMW with her unique Ndebele designs? Well, now New Yorkers are getting their turn to bask in the bold colours and graphics of legendary artist, who has just been honoured with a mural dedicated to her work in the Big Apple. Read more here.

4. So, some rumours went down that AKA had been cheating on his stunning GF Bonang Matheba. Could it be true, we all wondered. But the man himself was not impressed with the gossip. See what he had to say here.

5. Food security is becoming a real problem and more and more people are going hungry throughout the world. Africa is struggling the most when it comes to combating hunger, with violent conflicts and climate-related shocks being the main drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition globally. Read more here.