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DA spots economic benefits in fields rejected by ruling party’s dogma

Forays to Taiwan and Israel show a willingness to put trade before the ANC’s outdated political solidarity, writes Tony Leon

Tshwane DA mayor Solly Msimanga brought out the dragon in the pro-Sino ANC with his recent jaunt to the Middle Kingdom’s enemy Taiwan. No doubt, this week new heights of apoplexy will be scaled in governing […]

By |January 17th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Coach Zuma’s ANC is in a relegation battle

What is it about sport that provides so many cautionary tales for life generally and politics in particular?

Such an irreverent thought fleetingly occurred to me as I half-watched the ANC’s 105th birthday bash at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

Perhaps it was the venue itself: like the organisation it hosted, pretty ancient and somewhat modest in size […]

By |January 11th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

West Africa gives cause for hope

Citizens have voted out well-entrenched leaders in a democratic surge in part of the continent, writes Tony Leon

To update Pliny the Elder’s well-worn phrase in my imperfect schoolboy Latin, perhaps it is now apt to write Ex Africa Occidens aliquid novi — Out of West Africa always something new. This modernisation is due to two […]

By |December 15th, 2016|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

From the lofty heights of Mandela to the depraved depths of Zuma

LAST Friday, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the signing of South Africa‘s constitution, I was, physically and metaphorically confronted by a version of my much younger self. The view was not entirely reassuring.

The event was a reunion, of sorts, in Cape Town: former staff members of the Constitutional Assembly — the South […]

By |December 14th, 2016|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Plunder, stealing – and this they falsely call a presidency

Tony Leon finds parallels in literature ranging from Superman to Tacitus to ‘Catch-22’ for the plight of the president and his party.

Several notables are cited as originators of the famous formula, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”

Among the claimants is Joseph Heller, author of the iconic 20th-century satirical novel Catch-22.

Proof positive […]

By |December 4th, 2016|International Politics, Jacob Zuma, South African Politics|0 Comments

The Big Read: It’s the same sad old story

On the weekend, as the once feared Springboks were humiliated by Wales for only the third time in 110 years, just after the Italian job, their riches-to-rags story coincided with a newly released academic report. It has resonance beyond sport, right into the ugly heart of local and world events.

The UK’s Daily Mail published a […]

By |November 30th, 2016|International Politics, South African Politics|0 Comments

Malema and the black swan moment

“Finance minister Pravin Gordhan, stands like Horatio on the bridge trying to hold back the ratings agencies”

A FRIEND of mine in London sent me an amazing betting statistic. If you had wagered a paltry £5 on a trifecta of Leicester City winning the Premier League in May, Britain voting for Brexit in June and Americans […]

By |November 16th, 2016|Donald Trump, Julius Malema, Pravin Gordhan, South African Politics|0 Comments

Trump’s dream has come true — now for swamp-draining, walls and wars

Tony Leon: The president-elect might pay little attention to SA or tear up key treaties in order to ‘make America great again

Karl Marx was right and Thomas Friedman was wrong. That’s one of the “huge” — to use one of US president-elect Donald J Trump’s favourite words — consequences of Wednesday’s US electoral earthquake. The […]

By |November 10th, 2016|Brexit, Donald Trump, US elections|0 Comments

The Big Read: Shaun and the scary clowns

He might not be much of a lawyer, his independence and integrity are questionable and his lack of personal responsibility is glaring.

But you have to hand it to Shaun Abrahams, the national director of public prosecutions: he has a great sense of humour and – given the comedy of errors he presides over – an […]

By |November 2nd, 2016|African National Congress (ANC), Pravin Gordhan|0 Comments

Enough with the October surprises already

“An October surprise” is American political-speak for news deliberately created or timed to influence the outcome of its November presidential election.

US Election Day, just ten days away, sees the two most unpopular candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, ever recorded in polling history, face off against each other.

Neither has really needed the addition of an […]

By |October 30th, 2016|African National Congress (ANC), Pravin Gordhan|0 Comments