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Lessons from antiquity for the peculiar DA-EFF bromance

Like the Roman emperor, those who do the dance of opposites need more than a wall of mirrors to guard against stabbings in the back

A few days ago I viewed the ruins of the palace of the emperor Domitian on the Palatine Hill opposite Rome’s famous Colosseum. Our informative guide provided no end of anecdotes […]

Spectre of past returns to haunt DA with race narrative about De Lille

The fiasco around the rapid ousting of Cape Town mayor Peter Marais 17 years ago also differs from the damaging drawn-out imbroglio

The DA is in turmoil. The party leadership attempts to fire its Cape Town mayor, who is both coloured and a populist, though also someone who has migrated across the party political map. The […]

By |May 16th, 2018|Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane|0 Comments

So much for the ‘new dawn’: SA silent on Mideast atrocities

In the face of a murderous Assad and possible war in the region, our response has been tepid and fearful

Two events of global significance occurred this week. On Tuesday, in the US, President Donald Trump signalled his decision not to apply a further waiver on sanctions against Iran, thus resiling from the nuclear deal and suggesting […]

By |May 9th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Donald Trump, US elections|0 Comments

Memories of memories, and the truth

Novelist Alan Hollinghurst describes a young biographer in search of his elderly late subject’s legacy. He writes of someone who ‘was asking for memories, too young himself to himself to know that memories were only memories of memories’. 

Two recent South African deaths and their respective memorialisations –just weeks apart in the past month – have […]

Why Ramaphosa won’t reform the country until he reforms his party

Ramaphosa’s early exit from London last week was a rude reminder of a fundamental political truth

It ranks as a great cosmic irony. Cyril Ramaphosa’s debut on the world stage as president is interrupted by the suppurating standoff in the far northwestern corner of his local empire.

No doubt Ramaphosa would have preferred to have hobnobbed with […]

How Trump’s trade war with China could impact SA

‘Even our most objective analysts did not even a month ago anticipate a looming trade war’

South Africa is embroiled in a number of raucous debates – land, inequality, race, Jacob Zuma’s appearance in the criminal dock, Vicki Momberg’s jail sentence and, more recently, how to remember Winnie Mandela.

But in this war of words and flaming […]

No need to rehash property battles and endanger hard-won settlement

There are enough tools to carry out land reform without pulling bricks from of the finely balanced Constitution

Apart from hurling abuse at cheating Australian cricketers, one of SA’s most popular pastimes, politically, is looking through the rear-view mirror. Every anniversary, birth and death, from the great and the good to the great and the bad […]

Lessons from the pitch for parties on a sticky wicket

How might the Steve Smith-led Aussie ball-tampering scandal at Newlands inform some of the key issues affecting the body politic and our economy?

The obvious answer is that even the prime minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, on Sunday described the incident as “completely beyond belief” and called for “decisive action” from Cricket Australia.

Incidentally, this is not […]

Back to the politics of the long haul for a post-Zuma DA

Here’s a remarkable and democratically depressing fact: South African voters rarely change their national government.

Under the whites-only franchise until 1989, the National Party won an extraordinary 11 consecutive elections.

Since the advent of full democracy in 1994, the ANC has won five polls on the trot.

The 40-plus percentage points separating the ANC from its nearest opponent, […]

Why does Malema’s race threat go unpunished?

In Malema’s delicate phraseology, “We are going for your white man, we are going to cut your throat”

His view on nationals from the key Brics nations? “Chinese are like Indians. They think they are close to whiteness. When they practise racism, they are even worse than whites.”

Of course this bilious and crude ethnic stereotyping, coupled […]