Cyril Ramaphosa

Batty decisions are a blow, but the vaccine shambles is unforgivable

“Putting the moron into oxymoron” struck me as the right lens to view the latest restrictions and beach closures announced on Monday by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Still, he is the messenger — here and in so many instances — for the whims, prejudices, non-scientific and often evidence-free diktats of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) [...]

By |2020-12-17T06:31:58+00:00December 17th, 2020|Corona Virus, Cyril Ramaphosa, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma|0 Comments

Slow and sedate Ramaphosa, so unlike fast and furious Trump

Having placed three bets on a Joe Biden presidential win, I was greatly relieved when the US networks called his election last week, even if the votes are still being counted and recounted, and Donald Trump refuses to concede and proclaims he was cheated out of victory. Six bottles of France’s finest bubbles have already [...]

Ramaphosa’s Catch 22: sacrifice the ANC to save the country

With just two televised speeches earlier in 2020, on March 15 and April 21, President Cyril Ramaphosa flew into the stratosphere of public approval. This rarefied plane has been occupied by few politicians, and none of his competitors or predecessors apart from Nelson Mandela. Ramaphosa was in control of a national emergency; decisive steps were [...]

By |2020-08-27T07:19:28+00:00August 27th, 2020|African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa|0 Comments

This virus has robbed gasbag Juju of oxygen – but don’t write him off

Eight months since the current plague emerged from Wuhan, China, we face disrupted lives, shattered livelihoods, a wrecked economy and more to come. This unhappy picture, though, has one silver lining for those who believe in grown-up solutions and global responses to an international crisis such as the novel coronavirus – described as a “once-in-a-century [...]

By |2020-08-05T07:24:01+00:00August 5th, 2020|Cyril Ramaphosa, EFF, Julius Malema, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Shades of ’80s SA in this mysterious modern Star Chamber

The reason we use a 19th century remedy - washing our hands - for a novel 21st century virus is that the outer shell of the coronavirus is weak. The "lipid envelope" is easily destroyed by soap and water. I read this virological fact in an article by master novelist Ian McEwan, who also, via [...]

Lacking courage to tackle SA’s disasters, Cyril’s credibility crumbles

A few weeks back, and for the first time in more than a decade, I addressed a parliamentary caucus of the Democratic Alliance, on the party’s 20th anniversary. These current dire times dictate virtual Zoom meetings as the new normal. So, I was unable to gauge the body language of my audience that day; and I [...]

By |2020-07-22T07:45:05+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Cyril Ramaphosa|0 Comments

SA ignored warnings about its debt crisis. Now you and I will pay dearly

When Tito Mboweni rises in parliament on Wednesday afternoon to present his revised budget, the normally emollient finance minister will likely replace his usual beaming smile with a grim rictus. This, after all, in the direst economic circumstances in more than 70 years (cue the Great Depression of the 1930s as an approximate marker on [...]

The racial slant in Cyril’s Floyd-Biko parallel reveals his true colours

The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A Caro ranks as one of the finest biographies yet written on leaders and their complexions, compulsions and achievements.  In volume four of this epic work, The Passage of Power, Caro writes of the moment when Johnson was thrust into the presidency after the assassination of John F Kennedy in [...]

How Cyril went from secular saint to Mampara

Dominic Cummings - the controversial adviser to Boris Johnson who is in the eye of the storm for bending if not bypassing the UK lockdown regulations he imposed on the country - has a gift for pithy phraseology. He famously crafted the winning slogan of the 2016 referendum: "Take Back Control". Then, to provide the [...]

The clunking government fist on corona echoes Stalin’s Soviet Union

“The National Coronavirus  Command Council”, which for past 10 weeks has governed our lives sans any input from parliament, sounds ominous enough to be plucked from the old Soviet Union playbook. Actually it is far more a case of command than council. On Sunday evening, beyond the clichés and warmed-up rhetoric of Cyril Ramaphosa, he [...]

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