by Brian KNOWLTON President Donald Trump on Sunday assailed as a "Fake Book" an explosive behind-the-scenes account that questions his fitness for office, as allies lined up to defend the US leader, with one dubbing him a "political genius."
Newly-elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa’s face is plastered on posters around East London, ahead of the party’s birthday rally this weekend, which will ring in a new year. The ANC’s problems of 2017 are, however, far from over, and this week will be crucial in setting the tone for the party desperately in need of clear direction. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
As South Africa’s political elite start to gear up for the year ahead, the focus is still very much on the aftermath of last year’s ANC conference, the non-victory of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and future of President Jacob Zuma. In some ways, almost nothing is going to happen until he leaves, or can successfully, and very much publicly, stop attempts to remove him. Unfortunately, this will obscure the conversation that we as a nation need to have most urgently: a conversation about inequality. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
The Nasrec elective conference was possibly the most anticipated conference for the ANC since it assumed political power in 1994. Has it met the expectations of ANC members? And the expectations of the South African people? In a word, no. By OMRY MAKGOALE.
Floyd Shivambu: A lesson for Gwede: Theft on grand scale is committed by the rich, at the expense of the poor
Gwede Mantashe’s argument that the new ANC President will not steal because he is wealthy is ideologically sterile, intellectually lazy, and opportunistic. To insinuate that poor people are the ones responsible for thieving is disingenuous and dishonest.
More critical interrogation of the 75 percent matric pass rate is in order. Beyond the glamour of the annual parade of high performers, primarily intended to gloss over the mediocre performance of politicians and bureaucrats, the real figures are not flattering.