Browsing All posts tagged under »Zuma«

The need to remember history — & plan political homes

November 28, 2013


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 […]

The ANC-Alliance soap opera trundles on

May 30, 2013


“Confusion hath made his masterpiece.” That Shakespearian quote sums up the statements, comments, reports and machinations surrounding the latest episode of the ANC-Alliance soap opera.

The road from 1996 to Mangaung

December 13, 2012


The tortuous road to the governing ANC’s centennial conference at Mangaung ends next week. And, not to put too fine a point on it, much of the country is gatvol with the route it has taken and where it has arrived.

Of spears, dicks and satire

July 13, 2012


The latest row over a "genital" cartoon of South Africa's President Jcob Zuma reveals an unwillingness to accept that respect has to be earned and that individuals, especially those in high office who behave in a manner contrary to the norms of society, lose respect and become legitimate targets for satire.

The Spear a Dick — and understanding satire

July 7, 2012


First we had the Spear, a painting by Brett Murray. Now we have the Dick, a cartoon by Jonathan — Zapiro — Shapiro. And this satire of a genital nature has, in both cases, caused the same polarised reaction: support or amused indifference on one side; expressions of outrage on the other.

Discussing The Spear and satire

June 3, 2012


Her is a contribution to a better understanding of the row over the satirical artwork, The Spear, that has dominated discourse in South Africa over recent weeks.

SA govt decisions sow union discord

December 9, 2011


The South African government’s latest moves directed, ostensibly, at combating corruption and maladministration have sown considerable confusion, distrust and suspicion in sections of the trade union movement.

Aurora’s golden greed and liability hopes

December 2, 2011


Arrogance, incompetence and greed may have demolished the protection of limited liability for the politically well connected directors of South Africa’s controversial Aurora Empowerment Systems. They may now have to pay out of their personal fortunes for the heavy debts and losses incurred in a controversial gold mining venture.