Monthly Archives: February 2015

Mbeki got away with skipping question time and ministers routinely evaded censure

YOU couldn‘t make it up. Peering at the world through chic European spectacles, shod in Italian shoes, chauffeured in a German car and the beneficiary of R25-million from a US-listed mining house, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete assailed Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema — and for even worse than being a “cockroach”.

According to a […]

By |February 24th, 2015|Parliament, Thabo Mbeki|0 Comments

Zuma should take this oath: ‘Above all, do no harm’

Amid the chaos of last week’s state of the address, President Zuma rehashed old ideas that will do more harm than good to SA

 19 Feb 2015 | Tony Leon | Original Publication:  Rand Daily Mail

Look beyond, if you can, the violent distractions on display in Parliament last week. Ignore even the curious head-dress borrowed, it […]

By |February 19th, 2015|Jacob Zuma, South African Politics|0 Comments

Not our darkest moment but an ominous forewarning

Julius Malema has chosen to participate in Parliament, yet regards himself unbound by its rules and precedents, writes Tony Leon

THURSDAY night’s debacle in Parliament reminded me of a spectacularly bad football match. Instead of focusing on the man with the ball, the spectators’ attention pivots to the activities away from the centrepiece — the offside […]

By |February 16th, 2015|Julius Malema, South African Politics|0 Comments

Why F W de Klerk should be honoured

What might have happened had PW Botha not succumbed to a stroke and handed power to his successor?

4 Feb 2015 | Tony Leon | Original Publication:  Rand Daily Mail

CHAOS, in local politics anyway, apparently spirals downward. Channelling their “inner EFF”, ANC Cape Town city councillors last week decided to mimic their national foes by imitating […]

By |February 4th, 2015|FW de Klerk, South African Politics|0 Comments