South African Politics

The Big Read: Thank you, Bell Pottinger

Imagine you own a large and successful plumbing and sanitation company. You decide to go big with the launch of your new corporate headquarters. You invite your major clients and the media to the event.

Then, moments after the event commences, disaster strikes. In full view of the assembled dignitaries, the pipes burst, spewing water all […]

By |July 12th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, South African Politics|0 Comments

Lessons from the battle for an open public space

‘ The courts, despite some energetic rigging attempts by the majority party, still push back against a delinquent state; civil society, far from being muzzled, is fully throated in its denunciations of state capture and corruption’

Does distance lend enchantment, or just more distance?Writing this column in Tel Aviv, on the day Israel celebrates its 69th […]

By |May 3rd, 2017|Jacob Zuma, South African Politics|0 Comments

Cometh the hour, cometh the man — in Pretoria as in Paris

Last Sunday heralded the promise of real political change in France and South Africa. Tony Leon analyses the parallels and differences

There’s a pessimistic French expression Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose, which translates as  the more things change, the more they stay the same. 

Two unrelated political events exactly one week ago will- depending […]

This doctor won’t cure SA

If you have liked the presidency of Jacob Zuma so far, you will love the possible future rule of his former wife, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

And while our Department of International Relations and Co-operation has been mute on the use by the Syrian government of poison gas on its own people, it has found the time […]

By |April 19th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South African Politics|0 Comments

TONY LEON: ANC faithful loath to find fault with Zuma despite SA’s downward spiral

Party members, like victims of Stalin who believed in the system, cannot accept movement has lost the plot

In his final tour de force before his death in 2010, the great modern historian Tony Judt described how key victims of Stalin remained — to the bitter end, often unto death — true believers in the system […]

The Big Read: Shaky hands on the joystick

New Finance Minister Malusi Gigabi loves fashion shows and dressing up. Two cabinet posts back, he arrived at the opening of parliament impersonating an SAA pilot.

I thought at the time – given that he was the minister responsible for the disastrously mismanaged national carrier – there was something deeply symbolic in a politician pretending to […]

There is only one winner in the snakepit of politics

The late business leadership expert Warren Bennis offered a dystopian assessment of what automation and artificial intelligence will do to the world of work. 

“The factory of the future will have only two employees,” he wrote, “ a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog and the dog will be […]

By |March 25th, 2017|Helen Zille, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Why Maimane must act swiftly against Zille

‘If the reputation of the party is harmed from within, he has to act swiftly to put it to rights’

Here is an excerpt of a report from a weekend newspaper:

“The government has been in crisis in court over the delivery of 17million social grants, for a contract that should never have been contemplated. The president placed […]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Helen Zille, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Casual Constitution comments give glimpse of future under Ramaphosa

Whether on his track record he will be an answer to the prayer for a graft-busting president is open to question

Long before he entered Parliament and moved up and down the ladder of power, and now up again, Cyril Ramaphosa was a communist and a trade unionist. Perhaps, as he eyes the glittering prize of […]

By |March 15th, 2017|Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, Opinion, South African Politics|0 Comments

Why there is hope for South Africa

Argentina’s opposition achieved the unimaginable. So too can South Africa’s
LAST Sunday, as I stood atop Mount Kent in the Falkland Islands, the icy wind knifed through my heavy-duty jacket with the proverbial ease of the hottest knife through melting butter. And this was still summer in the rocky, desolate island chain over which Great Britain and […]

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