Monthly Archives: July 2016

Why Mmusi’s battle is also a test for SA

The DA leader faces a stiffer electoral test than his predecessors did, writes Tony Leon

On a visit to London last month, a British friend of mine had a meeting with the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane.
My friend advised that he was impressed with Maimane, but embarrassed that he kept calling him ‘Moses’.

In […]

The Big Read: The Indian lesson to be learnt

Last week’s landing at Air Force Base Waterkloof by a planeload of Indian grandees was altogether a more welcome occasion than the last time arrivals there made the headlines.

Readers will recall that state- or Gupta-capture was first heralded in April 2013, when the infamous family flew in a chartered jet for a wedding and, in […]

By |July 13th, 2016|International Politics|0 Comments

Brexit vote has evaporated the certainties of decades

AMONG the many benefits of being in residence as a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics some years back, was to become acquainted with some of the faculty at a university overflowing with the academic equivalents of rock stars. Niall Ferguson, the whip-smart and charismatic professor of history, had a keen interest in SA, which […]

By |July 8th, 2016|Brexit, International Politics|0 Comments

Upcoming elections most important since 1994 – Tony Leon

Durban – The upcoming local government elections are probably the most important since 1994, former Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon said on Wednesday.

“I think although this is a local government election, given the backdrop against which it’s happening from Nenegate, through to the multiple crises of governance and the mushrooming of corruption, it is the […]

By |July 6th, 2016|Democratic Alliance, Elections, South African Politics|0 Comments