Jacob Zuma

State of the nation: We’re going the same way as our northern neighbour

Black Friday arrived on these shores in triplicate last week.

First there was the chaotic retail therapy which saw smashed shopping mall windows, crashed e-commerce websites and big bargains as South Africans went shopping.

Second there was Robert Mugabe’s inglorious end as the 93-year-old despot gave way to a 75-year-old successor with, to be diplomatic, slender democratic […]

By |November 29th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Robert Mugabe|0 Comments

Don’t forget role of SA’s willing accomplice in ‘destruction of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe’s inglorious end this week after decades of tyranny defied the outcome to which Thomas More gave voice over 500 years ago.

Mugabe like More is Catholic but, unlike the latter, he was no saint. And the Zimbabwean military disproved the More prophesy sola more tyrannicida est –‘death is the only way to be rid […]

By |November 26th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Robert Mugabe|0 Comments

A state of mindlessness: Our nation’s continuing plummet to disaster defies belief

South Africa faces multiple disasters: a combination of reckless misgovernance and now, with the worst drought in living memory, the Hand of God thrown in for good measure.

On the subject of the divinity, the old saw “Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad” has been given a uniquely modern South African update.

You […]

By |November 15th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, South African Politics|0 Comments

Once disgraced Mbeki era now seems like the golden age

In 1967, US author Allen Drury wrote a book on apartheid South Africa entitled A Very Strange Society.

Fifty years later, and two-plus decades into our post-apartheid story, we have added several new chapters to our national tragedy, though that title remains very contemporary.

The strangest part started just shy of 10 years ago: at the 2007 […]

By |November 1st, 2017|Jacob Zuma, South African Politics, Thabo Mbeki|0 Comments

Zuma administration is in a league of its own

If the US constitution resembles a durable oak, ours is like a bonsai tree

With the horrific gun-killings in Las Vegas, it might seem trite to mention one of the great TV series of the past decade, The Sopranos.

But sometimes escapism beats deadly reality. And that mould-breaking psychodrama mixed the humdrum New Jersey suburban life of […]

Dlamini-Zuma’s course of strategic ambivalence leads to extinction

Two versions of her speech at Gibs, in text and orally, show little regard for dire state of public accounts.

Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s recent speech at a high citadel of capitalism — the Gordon Institute for Business Science — caused much controversy. In her actual remarks Dlamini-Zuma bemoaned the “dissonance” between the government and the […]

By |September 7th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Hacked emails? Cyber dirty tricks? Security deals with Russia? Join the dots …

Our security services and minister are fast friends with their Russian counterparts. Just on Monday the two countries signed a co-operation agreement on “cyber security”

The Sherlock Holmes story The Silver Blaze gave us the famous tagline of “the curious incident of the dog in the night”.

The curiosity in that tale of the kidnapping of a […]

By |September 6th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

The trust deficit that sucks faith, hope and capital from a country

‘South Africa is the Mugabes’ destination of choice for depositing wayward sons and for minor shopping needs and medical procedures’

Be graceful for small mercies, to adapt a phrase.

Two Sundays ago 20-year-old Gabriella Engels was, along with two other unnamed women, allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe. In the presence of the Zim power couple’s sons […]

By |August 27th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Five things we’ve learned from the Grace Mugabe fracas

‘South Africa is the Mugabes’ destination of choice for depositing wayward sons and for minor shopping needs and medical procedures’

Be graceful for small mercies, to adapt a phrase.

Two Sundays ago 20-year-old Gabriella Engels was, along with two other unnamed women, allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe. In the presence of the Zim power couple’s sons […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Zombie Zuma’s survival could be explained by basic political calculus

President’s enemies in the ANC probably decided not to hand opposition parties the gift of an indebted leader

Like pupils at a Montessori School, all the dramatis personae in last week’s long-running parliamentary no-confidence saga — the eighth such motion to date in an eight-year presidency — against Jacob Zuma could award themselves a gold star. […]

By |August 18th, 2017|Donald Trump, Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments