Jacob Zuma: Party first, country and constitution second

Give the man a Bells — or should that be a cuppa tea?

If our dear president drank infusions stronger than his preferred rooibos tea, I guess you would give the man a Bell‘s. Since tea was the preferred metaphor for Gwede Mantashe‘s recent attack on his predecessor, Kgalema Motlanthe, for daring to suggest that the […]

Imagine reactions were Zuma to appoint Christo Wiese and Bobby Godsell to cabinet

Amid the biggest meltdown in our 100-plus years of mining history, Zuma plucked from provincial obscurity the Guptas’ best Free State friend, Mosebenzi Zwane

A David Sipress cartoon in the New Yorker perfectly captures the ambivalence many South Africans are experiencing. It depicts a woman walking down a street complaining to her partner: “My desire to […]

Why did Zuma pick a provincial politician as mines minister?

Mosebenzi Zwane apparently has some ethical challenges, knows nothing about mining or oil and gas, but it’s all washed away by his fast friendship with the Guptas

As the monarch sings in the musical The King and I, it is a “puzzlement”.

Whatever your thoughts about the state of our economy and the challenges of governance right […]

Gloom around Springboks chimes with business and worker despondency about SA

The ‘left-wing critics’ of both Mandela and Mbeki are now in charge of this country’s economic direction under Zuma

When top-seeded Boris Becker lost at Wimbledon in 1987 to 43rd-ranked Australian Peter Doohan, he provided a thoughtful addition to the philosophy of shock defeats. The German tennis ace shrugged it off: “I didn’t lose a war. […]

Obed Bapela: Putting the moron into oxymoron

Why was this tiny community of just over 60000 souls being given such exemplary attention?

ON SATURDAY Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank penned a withering put-down of Hillary Clinton‘s faltering second try for the White House.

He accused her “bloated campaign team” of “putting the moron into oxymoron”.

He has a point: in the early polls for the […]

Markets don’t like it when Jacob Zuma holds a press conference

Only the hush-hush R1-trillion nuclear building deal from Russia is enjoying the most urgent and the fastest of fast tracks. One wonders why

If legislation, press conferences and presidential announcements spurred growth and created jobs, South Africa would currently be enjoying high levels of prosperity and maximum employment.

Instead, we are witnessing the once fabled “Rainbow Nation” […]

Bunker-buster required to flush out an oblivious Zuma

MORE than 14,000km, most of the Atlantic Ocean and a six-hour time difference separate Cape Town from Cleveland, Ohio. Yet, last Thursday, at more or less the same time, these two cities hosted versions of political theatre that drew large radio and TV ratings on the expectation that politics at its most intense and interesting […]

By |August 12th, 2015|Jacob Zuma, Julius Malema, Nkandla, South African Politics|0 Comments

High office and how it insulates officials from reality

The greatest bubble inhabitant of all is our president. His world view allows him to think — even in the wake of Nkandla — that he is a victim
There’s a John Travolta movie from 1976 called The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Based on a true story, the film traces the teenage years of a […]

By |August 5th, 2015|Jacob Zuma, Nkandla, South African Politics|0 Comments

Zuma administration: ‘For my friends anything; for my enemies the law’

Events suggest the ANC will do anything for its friends. They will even ignore a court order, and rob from the poor to pay the rich
Well, it’s now official government policy: obeying the law is an optional extra. Two leading lights at the heart of authority have pronounced on the subject recently and you, dear […]

By |June 24th, 2015|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

What sense in pulling the rug from under our own feet?

LAST week in London and Geneva, I addressed groups of somewhat wary investors on SA’s prospects. There were reassuring nods from these audiences when I suggested that for all our challenges and travails, broadly speaking, the rule of law was intact. After all, were we not the nation that 21 years ago, despite the odds, […]

By |June 17th, 2015|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments