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Voting is over — new battles begin

May 11, 2014

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South Africa's 2014 election is over, but for many participants it will be recriminations rather than celebrations that will follow a watershed election, signalling changes — and battles — to come.

Cosatu schisms make for a rocky road ahead

April 21, 2014

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South Africa's scheduled national elections on May 7 seem to be beset by more bickering, bitterness and fragmentation than normal — and this is a clear portent for the future. A rocky road lies ahead.

Another breach in ANC-led alliance

February 23, 2014

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Another Cosatu union has broken ranks with the ANC-led alliance, but still maintained a toehold "in th absence of any alternative".

Beware “activists” with no knowledge of struggle history

February 21, 2014

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FYI:  This is the Man Friday column of Cape Times assistant editor Tony Weaver who, like myself, has been subject to defamatory comments by a group claiming to support “real transformation” and giving uncritical support to the new regime at Independent Newspapers and the existing political establishment. OH DEAR, oh dear. Pastor Wesley Douglas (remember […]

Hypocrisy, hot air & some hope for the future

December 6, 2013

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Regular readers of this column over the past decade may be forgiven for feeling frustrated and annoyed by the current goings on within Cosatu and the wider, governing, alliance.  As noted last week, we have heard it all before.  But the irony and hypocrisy displayed now seems to have reached new levels.   Apparently blissfully […]

Party politics dominates Cosatu crisis

December 5, 2013

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Fudging and delay. That was what emerged from yesterday’s eagerly awaited Cosatu press conference. As a result, the questions about the future of suspended general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the prospect of a Special National Congress (SNC) remained unanswered. And it soon became obvious, as the conference progressed, that the reason for the fudging and […]

Mandela: already dead — or slowly dying?

December 4, 2013

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Initial feature published in the Bulletin&Record, Zambia. Is Nelson Mandela dead? Did he die as early perhaps as June 11 and was then maintained in a “permanent vegetative state” only by means of a life support machine? And if he did effectively die, as now seems possible, within days or weeks of his admission to […]

The need to remember history — & plan political homes

November 28, 2013

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One element lacking in the current debates about what is going on in Cosatu is any sense of recent history. Because there is nothing really new in the current spate of political bloodletting, in the bitterness and the backstabbing. The rationale behind the suspension of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the resignation this week […]

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