A good week for New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern
After the slaughter at two Christchurch mosques that left 50 people dead, New Zealand’s prime minister set the tone of solidarity with minorities
After the slaughter at two Christchurch mosques that left 50 people dead, New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, set the tone of solidarity with minorities.
She vowed to reform gun-ownership laws and called on social media to do more to combat terror (the white supremacist gunman live-streamed his attack on Facebook). "Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them. He is a terrorist … a criminal … an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless," she said.
Central Energy Fund chair Luvo Makasi is without a job after allegations that he solicited a bribe from global oil trader Vitol. Energy minister Jeff Radebe caught a whiff of the allegations after they were circulated on political chat groups and asked him for reasons why he should not be fired. Makasi, an attorney, claims the allegations were fabricated to smear him after he submitted an affidavit to the Hawks on the sale of strategic oil stocks. He resigned before he could be removed but insists he has done nothing wrong.