Jacob Zuma

What Zuma has learned from Putin – do what you know

‘He has brought in the ethically hobbled Brian Molefe, who not so much personifies “state capture” as being emblematic of a willing accomplice of the Guptas’

SAILING around the “uttermost part of the earth”, to borrow a description of Tierra del Fuego, en route to the Antarctic is, midst the roaring oceans, helpful to develop a […]

By |February 22nd, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, Pravin Gordhan, South African Politics|0 Comments

STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS: Don’t expect to hear much about the reality of SA’s debt and low growth

Jacob Zuma and his clique are ever more fervent in their belief the state will provide even as they prove it cannot, writes Tony Leon

Ken Clarke, the veteran Tory grandee in the historic House of Commons vote triggering Brexit, drew on Lewis Caroll’s fantasy tale to frame his dissent. The former chancellor of the exchequer […]

By |February 8th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, Pravin Gordhan, South African Politics|0 Comments

Zuma’s three options as he confronts Gordhan

‘Both Zuma senior and junior are well-known critics of the rating agencies that determine the credit status of the country’

Tomorrow Cape Town traffic will be more choked and chaotic than usual as the state flexes its muscles and shows its pomp and finery for President Jacob Zuma‘s State of the Nation spectacle.

The street theatre outside […]

By |February 8th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, Pravin Gordhan, South African Politics|0 Comments

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Forays to Taiwan and Israel show a willingness to put trade before the ANC’s outdated political solidarity, writes Tony Leon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

Corporate world afraid to unite against the presidential road to ruin

Fearful kakophony drowns business voice, writes Tony Leon.

‘Who do I call when I want to speak to Europe?” Apparently, Henry Kissinger never uttered this great quip attributed to him, on the impossibility of receiving a coherent and unified response from the EU.

But the line is useful shorthand right now, with local substitution, to frame the […]

South Africa: Between a snafu and a fubar

On Zuma’s watch, growth has halved, the national debt has doubled and another million are unemployed

THERE‘S a grim choice confronting the US electorate in November between the two most unpopular candidates in polling history. This caused Harvard history professor Niall Ferguson — one of the most erudite and eloquent people on the planet — on […]