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Cabinet welcomes White House response to Lady R matter

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South Africa’s Cabinet has welcomed the acknowledgement of the US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, of the seriousness with which President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed...

Monetary cost to SA of Lady R would be “speculative” –...

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The Lady R investigation and its report – with the exception of an executive summary – will remain secret as will, it appears, the...

Lady R report will remain secret

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa invoked the National Conventional Arms Control Act (NCACA) when telling the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) he had “no...

Lady R “panel” appointments by the book – SA Presidency

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, via the Presidency spokesman, poured cold water onto a court attempt by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to challenge his...

Lady R inquiry report to be challenged in court

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Another challenge – this time legal – is on the way for the Ramaphosa administration in the wake of the release of a summary...

Another call for release of full Lady R report

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Non-profit organisation (NPO) Open Secrets has added its voice to the chorus of those calling for the full Lady R judicial commission of inquiry...

Questions still abound around Lady R

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An executive summary of the Lady R “independent investigation” raises more questions than answers, two opposition parliamentarians maintain. Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald...

Presidency publishes Lady R report summary but new questions arise over...

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The South African Presidency has published the long-awaited executive summary of the report looking into the arrival of the Lady R cargo vessel in...

No evidence of Lady R loading weapons – Ramaphosa

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There was nothing untoward or suspicious about the December arrival of a Russian cargo ship in the Simon’s Town naval harbour, South African President...

More questions around Lady R in the wake of judicial inquiry

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South African President and SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Commander-in-Chief, Cyril Ramaphosa, has yet to reveal which parts of the Mojapelo inquiry into the...

Lady R judicial inquiry report ready for Ramaphosa

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South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa will, his spokesman has it, “consume” the report of the judicial commission of inquiry into Russian cargo vessel Lady...

Modise adamant Lady R took on no cargo in Simon’s Town

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise stands by her earlier statements that “nothing was loaded onto the Lady R” while the sanctioned Russian...

Plea not to keep Lady R report secret

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With time seemingly up for retired judge Phineas Mojapelo’s inquiry into what and what didn’t the Lady R do in the Simon’s Town naval...

No SA arms loaded on Lady R – Gungubele

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South Africa hasn’t sold or supplied arms or weapons to Russia since 2020, Mondli Gungubele, National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) chair, told a...

DoD “delaying” Lady R PAIA

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The way Minister Thandi Modise’s Department of Defence (DoD) is handling a PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act) request concerning the arrival in...

Lady R investigation progressing as questions remain unanswered

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The three-person Lady R judicial investigation is, according to the South African Presidency, “progressing with its work” at the same time as a non-profit...

No evidence of sanctions against South Africa, gov says in wake...

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Presidential spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, has batted away suggestions that South Africa may be hit with international sanctions due to its non-aligned stance regarding the...

Secrecy around Lady R inquiry raises questions

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The judicial investigation into the Russian cargo vessel Lady R and her clandestine stop at Naval Base (NB) Simon’s Town is seen as a...

South Africa’s pact with Russia – and its actions – cast...

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Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 South Africa has proclaimed a policy of non-alignment in that conflict. This position was placed in...

Three-member panel has six weeks to investigate Lady R affair

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A three-person panel, headed by a former Supreme Court judge, has six weeks to investigate the circumstances of the Lady R’s docking at Naval...

Arms-to-Russia row raises doubt about South Africa’s compliance, which could face...

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The recent furore over accusations by the US ambassador to South Africa, Reuben Brigety, that South Africa was supplying arms to Russia despite its...

Defence Minister reiterates that no SA cargo was taken onboard Lady...

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Over two weeks ago, South African President and Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Cyril Ramaphosa said there would be a commission...

The Lady R: What do we really want?

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South Africa’s relations with the US are in a crisis, and there is no clear path out of the mess. South Africa’s increasing lean...

Russian embassy defends Lady R visit to South Africa

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The Russian Embassy in South Africa has said the United States totally fabricated allegations that South Africa loaded weaponry aboard the Russian vessel Lady...

Did South Africa sell arms to Russia? Only a series of...

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On 11 May 2023 the US ambassador to South Africa, Reuben Brigety, claimed that South Africa had secretly exported arms to Russia in December...

ISS: South Africa’s dangerous game of Russian roulette

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The bombshell conference by United States (US) Ambassador Reuben Brigety on 11 May triggered a diplomatic spat between Washington and Pretoria. The accusation that...

“Tell us what was loaded on the Lady R” – OUTA

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The war of words around Lady R and her supposed South African arms/weapons cargo generated comment and response from academics, civil society, politicians and...

Russian cargo vessel’s Simon’s Town berthing escalated to enquiry

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The apparent clandestine visit of a Russian cargo vessel to Naval Base (NB) Simon’s Town in December will be addressed by an independent enquiry...

DA goes PAIA route for answers on Russian ship and aircraft...

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Last week’s arrival of a Russian Il-76 transport aircraft at Air Force Base (AFB) Waterkloof was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back...

Did Lady R offload ammunition in Simon’s Town?

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The Russian cargo vessel Lady R is long gone – currently at anchor off Beira in Mozambique - with unanswered questions about her docking...

Modise still mum on Lady R

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The “deafening silence” around Lady R and her seemingly secret stop in Naval Base (NB) Simon’s Town’s harbour serves only to raise suspicions Democratic...

Mysterious Russian cargo ship Lady R exits Simon’s Town

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The furtive arrival of Russian cargo vessel Lady R in Simon’s Town earlier this week was nowhere near in the same class as her...

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