Opinion

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 [...]

By |2017-02-09T12:10:26+00:00February 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 [...]

By |2017-02-09T12:12:09+00:00February 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Forays to Taiwan and Israel show a willingness to put trade before the ANC’s outdated political solidarity, writes Tony Leon Tshwane DA mayor Solly Msimanga brought out the dragon in the pro-Sino ANC with his recent jaunt to the Middle Kingdom’s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 [...]

By |2017-01-18T21:18:23+00:00January 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 [...]

By |2017-01-15T21:36:22+00:00January 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 [...]

By |2016-12-21T09:58:46+00:00December 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 [...]

By |2016-12-21T09:38:59+00:00December 14th, 2016|Jacob Zuma, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Myeni rules with racial bean counter’s version of Stalin’s

VOLTAIRE’S Dr Pangloss believed that "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds". With Tshwane now in flames, ANC ministers at war with each other and a winter of discontent everywhere, it’s hard to be a Panglossian optimist. Fear not, aside from tuning into the SABC, you can always read the [...]

South Africa, Israel, Iran and … Kroonstad?

'The ideological attraction of our government to authoritarian Iran perhaps lies in the unquiet grave of past history' Here is a tale of three countries. Let‘s call them A, B and C. Country A is experiencing its worst drought in living memory. Last year, according to one report, country A recorded its lowest rainfall “since [...]

The Big Read: Let he who has ears, hear

Exactly seventy-two years ago on Monday, June 6 1944, over 150000 allied troops stormed the Nazi-held beaches of Normandy, France, a day immortalised as D-Day. D-Day began the final, though bloody, phase of the war against Hitler and the liberation of Europe from the Nazi jackboot, achieved with finality the following spring, on May 8 [...]

Three SA ambassadors that present an ugly face to the world

Cynics here and elsewhere might think it appropriate that South Africa's face overseas is that of a criminal accused Readers might have observed last week's moving ceremony in Hiroshima, when Barack Obama made history by becoming the first US president to visit the city America hit with an atom bomb in 1945 . Less noticed, [...]