Browsing All posts tagged under »politics«

Glimmers of light in the gathering gloom

June 12, 2016

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Educate, organise — agitate (for true transformation). South Africa's Bill of Rights provides a banner to rally those who are starting to demand the right to control their own lives.

The threat behind Zuma’s ’embarrassment’

May 20, 2016

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According to South African President Jacob Zuma, opposition parliamentarians are an embarrassment to him, at home and abroad. “I go around Africa and people ask me very embarrassing questions about this parliament,” he told a national assembly boycotted by almost all the opposition parties following the physical expulsion of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members.

Zuma, the “teflon president” digs in his heels

May 7, 2016

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The political teflon that seemed to enable South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to slip out of one scandal and crisis after another has been ripped away by the Constitutional Court. But he still sows no signs of budging and even electoral damage may not move him.

Forward to a Citzens’ Coalition?

April 26, 2016

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Placing a cross on a ballot paper every five years in order to hand over political control to a party bureaucracy is democratic only in that voters willingly forgo the potential power they, collectively, have.

Watch out when China coughs

April 22, 2016

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It has been said that if Wall Street sneezes, the world catches cold. Today it would probably be more accurate to say that if China coughs, an already economically weakened world faces the threat of double pneumonia.

Zuma & the ‘Yugoslav card’

April 7, 2016

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It was the “Yugoslav card” — the threat of territorial fragmentation — that enabled President Jacob Zuma to ensure that the ANC leadership would rally behind him. He made it clear that, unlike former president Thabo Mbeki, sacked by the ANC, he would not go quietly.

Reality & danger of SA student protests

April 2, 2016

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With the insecurity and fear still being spread by the global economic crisis, all the resentment and tensions of recent decades is coming to the surface in South Africa and the recent campus upheavals are a good — and nihilistic — example.

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