In my previous piece in 2015 I discussed a highly controversial and ridiculously expensive training deal that was struck in potentially fraudulent circumstances between the SANDF and a Cuban entity. Let’s pick up the tale in 2018.
After being hit by xenophobic abuse and scapegoated for Germany’s unceremonious exit from the World Cup, star player Mesut Özil announced his resignation from national football. In his statement, Özil raised critical questions of belonging and acceptance of migrants when he poignantly argued that “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose”. Özil’s words resonate far beyond his country’s borders. Indeed, they echo loudly in South Africa, where tolerance of migrants based on the ‘contributions’ that they make has a largely unexamined dark side.
The cacophony of our democracy, usually described as “vibrant” in foreign publications, can sometimes obscure the trends and dynamics that really matter. So loud the rhetoric and ferocious the discussion that what is happening behind the scenes, below leaders’ top level actions and spokespeople’s announcements, can be obscured. To an extent, that is happening in our country, with its current focus on who is in charge, is he really in charge, and will he really be in charge after the 2019 elections.
Zimbabwe Elections: Mugabe supports MDC – sort of – as propped up ex-dictator elbows his way into historic polling day
On the eve of Zimbabwe’s first elections without him, former president Robert Mugabe sprung a surprise press conference declaring he’d not vote Zanu-PF. On the other side, opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa welcomed any votes with open arms. There’s nothing clearcut about Monday’s poll.