Opinion

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, [...]

Zuma: A delicate time in a dangerous year

It was Gauntlett, apparently, who determined that, in order to save Zuma legally, he would have to wound him politically Long ago when British Prime Minister Harold Wilson was under political siege, he shrugged off cascading crises around him with the phrase, “A week is a long time in politics.‘‘ Decades later, when Conservative cabinet [...]

Why Iowa caucus is not a barometer of popular sentiment in the US

Iowa is very different from the rest of the US. With an ever-shrinking white majority in the country as a whole, this state is over 91% pale On Tuesday when you found all your DStv news channels clogged with news from Iowa, blame it on a largely unknown former governor of the US state of [...]

Mbeki’s race rage — and what he did (not) do about it

Thabo Mbeki’s detractors await his defence of real areas of controversy around his rule — literally the A to Z, from AIDS to Zimbabwe, writes Tony Leon BACK at the dawn of the last century, readers of The Strand Magazine in London lined up in droves to buy the next instalment of the latest Sherlock [...]