Helen Zille

The JSC is shaking the foundations on which it was built

A millennium or so ago, sometime between the first and second centuries, the Roman poet Juvenal asked a question that resonates now in troubled SA. “Quis custodiet Ipsos custodes?” or “Who will guard the guards themselves?” remains key, especially for a country which, on the one hand, celebrates its constitution and, on the other, finds [...]

By |2021-09-01T09:33:48+00:00September 1st, 2021|African National Congress (ANC), Helen Zille, Opinion|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

Veterans of long haul are not rattled by death notices

In the furies of social media, it is worth a reminder that obituary writers declaring the death of political parties often turn out to be premature. Or even dead wrong. In 1994, at the dawn of our democracy, many death notices were penned for the Democratic Party, which had a dreadful election on the back [...]

Premier move: Maimane dodged the bullet of political idiocy

By wisely turning away from the baubles of premiership, the DA leader avoided splitting the party leadership Last week in London I attended a dinner with some starring members of the British political establishment. The entire menu of conversations covered Brexit, and that was a day before Theresa May was ambushed by the European Union [...]

There would be king-size hell to pay if Zille did a Zwelithini

Jerry Brown, enjoys many distinctions in political life. He is both the oldest (at 80) Governor of California and, 44 years ago, was also one of the youngest incumbents (aged then 36). The gap between his last stint which ended in 1983 and his current tenure which concludes at year end, allowed him to contemplate [...]

By |2018-07-18T12:42:57+00:00July 18th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Helen Zille, Nelson Mandela|0 Comments

There is only one winner in the snakepit of politics

The late business leadership expert Warren Bennis offered a dystopian assessment of what automation and artificial intelligence will do to the world of work.  “The factory of the future will have only two employees,” he wrote, “ a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog and the dog will [...]

By |2017-03-29T22:23:22+00:00March 25th, 2017|Helen Zille, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Why Maimane must act swiftly against Zille

'If the reputation of the party is harmed from within, he has to act swiftly to put it to rights' Here is an excerpt of a report from a weekend newspaper: “The government has been in crisis in court over the delivery of 17million social grants, for a contract that should never have been contemplated. The [...]

By |2017-03-29T22:06:07+00:00March 22nd, 2017|Helen Zille, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments
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