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ANC clings to its liberation ticket, but its expiry date is coming fast

Hard-pressed taxpayers need to brace themselves for the latest squeeze from the ANC. This is a recent proposal to increase state (i.e. taxpayer) funding of political parties from R146m annually to a whopping R500m, a surge of more than 240%. It’s an update of the definition of corruption in the city of Chicago – home [...]

By |2020-10-14T09:06:00+00:00October 14th, 2020|African National Congress (ANC), Opinion|0 Comments

Trump’s Carter-shaped omen might keep SA’s foot in the US door

For the first time in 40 years, on Tuesday night a US presidential debate was televised from Cleveland, Ohio. Since this debate is scheduled for just after the deadline for this column, it is impossible to know if the result of it will move the dial on the outcome of the election on November 3. [...]

By |2020-10-14T08:13:54+00:00October 14th, 2020|Donald Trump, US elections|0 Comments

Poetic justice in the way court-stacking is so often foiled

Back in the early 1930s, SA, perhaps in echo of those times, had a Hitler-admiring, German-speaking minister of justice. History does not remember kindly, or perhaps at all, the name of Oswald Pirow. Still, in the momentous drama of events in the US following the death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last weekend, [...]

By |2020-09-27T07:56:57+00:00September 27th, 2020|Donald Trump, US elections, World Politics|0 Comments

Constitution requires DA to take a nonracial stance

Tolstoy, observing a tree, reminds us that “the leaves enchant us more than the roots”. In the gale of commentary that gusted after the DA’s recent policy reset, the party appears to have caught some high winds of disapproval. This is surprising for at least two obvious reasons. Neither of these were articulated in the [...]

By |2020-09-18T08:54:50+00:00September 18th, 2020|Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane|0 Comments

Clicks’s naïve bid to right a wrong merely gave the EFF thugs more power

Peace is a universal desired end and its achievement is as cherished even as the concept remains often elusive. “Peace with honour” is an even better idea, suggesting that its attainment can be founded on principle. It is just a pity that the term is imperishably associated with the man who first claimed to have [...]

By |2020-09-16T10:56:29+00:00September 16th, 2020|Democratic Alliance, EFF, Opinion|0 Comments

SA may not be booming like Rwanda, but at least we haven’t got a dictator

A handy guide to the mythologising of hero worship is offered in the 1962 Western movie starring John Wayne, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The last line features a minor character who says: “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Many years later in 2004, I was in Brussels for a political jamboree when [...]

By |2020-09-03T07:53:14+00:00September 3rd, 2020|Opinion, World Politics|0 Comments

In the US, it’s dog-whistle Daddy against a soft Mommy

At the Republican national convention, the keynote speaker on its first night delivered a thunderous address. He declared: "This election is about who we are. It is about what we believe and what we stand for as Americans. There is a religious war going on in this country. It is a cultural war, as critical [...]

By |2020-08-30T07:46:25+00:00August 30th, 2020|Donald Trump, US elections|0 Comments

Ramaphosa’s Catch 22: sacrifice the ANC to save the country

With just two televised speeches earlier in 2020, on March 15 and April 21, President Cyril Ramaphosa flew into the stratosphere of public approval. This rarefied plane has been occupied by few politicians, and none of his competitors or predecessors apart from Nelson Mandela. Ramaphosa was in control of a national emergency; decisive steps were [...]

By |2020-08-27T07:19:28+00:00August 27th, 2020|African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa|0 Comments

If SA is outdone by Bibi and Trump, we must be in dire domestic straits

Last week, two vulnerable heads of governments dealt with foreign policy predicaments in their immediate neighbourhoods with decidedly different results. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing unprecedented crises, several of his own making: his improbable coalition government  – which spans far-right, right and moderate centre parties, secular and ultra-religious factions – is unravelling. [...]

By |2020-08-19T08:03:29+00:00August 19th, 2020|Opinion, World Politics|0 Comments

This virus has robbed gasbag Juju of oxygen – but don’t write him off

Eight months since the current plague emerged from Wuhan, China, we face disrupted lives, shattered livelihoods, a wrecked economy and more to come. This unhappy picture, though, has one silver lining for those who believe in grown-up solutions and global responses to an international crisis such as the novel coronavirus – described as a “once-in-a-century [...]

By |2020-08-05T07:24:01+00:00August 5th, 2020|Cyril Ramaphosa, EFF, Julius Malema, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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