Musician and fashion designer Kanye West, who discussed prison sentencing and North Korea over lunch with U.S. President Donald Trump just earlier this month, tweeted today that his “eyes are now wide open” and that he’s backing away from politics.
Oscar Van Heerden: Right-wing ideology on the rise – what is fuelling the discontent that is roiling politics all over the world?
The American dream mentality has long dissipated. Americans born to poor parents tend to stay poor as adults. Of those born in the bottom fifth of the income scale, 43% will remain there, and only 4% will make it to the top fifth. It is easier to rise from poverty in Canada, Germany, Sweden and other European countries than it is in the US. This may explain why the rhetoric of opportunity fails to inspire as it once did.
Litigation as a political weapon was employed regularly during the apartheid era, and often to good effect, in order to curb the excesses of apartheid rule. The difference is that today politics regularly takes a back seat to lawfare as all manner of disputes previously fought out in different arenas now require determination by courts.
Brazilians have chosen their new president. Germans are taking to the streets of Berlin in their hundreds of thousands to condemn racism and the surge of neo-Nazism within Germany in the last few years. Yet these phenomena are not isolated. As national politics, across the globe, moves from the centre, the ANC in particular has often been criticised for its ‘broad-church’ stance and has to identify the best approach that it must adopt as a party in government.
Pre-election months are high season in South Africa to extract – and circumvent – political accountability. Accountability goes to the heart of democracy, and unfolding actions in the months leading into Election 2019 will be a major test for the quality of this 25-year-old democracy.
Brazil has just gone over the precipice with the election of Jair Bolsonaro. It is not impossible that in a few years South Africans will find ourselves in the same boat as the rest of the world and have to choose between left- and right-wing populism.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba seems to be sliding into troubles potentially larger than a leaked sex tape filmed on an official government mobile phone over his (non) approval of the Fireblade Aviation private facility at OR Tambo International Airport. Billionaire businessman Nicky Oppenheimer on Tuesday told MPs Gigaba “lied to the committee” – misleading Parliament is a contravention of the Executive Ethics Act – and former ANC heavyweight-turned-businessman Manne Dipico said the minister ‘needs help’.
INTEGRITY? WHAT INTEGRITY?: Despite damning evidence against them, ANC Gauteng’s Qedani Mahlangu and Brian Hlongwa keep their top party positions
Gauteng ANC’s Qedani Mahlangu and Brian Hlongwa have kept their positions in the party’s provincial executive despite damning evidence against them. Ideas of a clean-up in the ANC are set to remain only ideas until the party’s systems change.
Book review: A School Where I Belong: Lack of transformation leaves students of colour feeling like they don’t belong
Written at a time of hair protests and after students of former Model C and private schools had complained about feeling like outsiders there, A School Where I Belong, published by Bookstorm, offers readers a view of what a South African classroom looks like and what needs to change.
On 3 December 2018, all the nations of Africa will join other members of the Paris Accord at a meeting in Poland. In addition to climate change, it’s time to talk about an alliance of countries that have no plans to give up coal, but still want to clear the air.
Why do we keep treating people, only to send them back to the living conditions that cause their ill-health in the first place? This question has been put to the world by the World Health Organisation’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. The health of South Africa’s children will benefit enormously from answering it.
Notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger was found dead on Tuesday at a prison in West Virginia, one day after he was transferred to the high-security facility to serve the remainder of two life sentences for a string of brutal crimes, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said.
Unemployment has risen for the second consecutive quarter, announced Stats SA on Tuesday. The official rate jumped to 27.5% and the expanded rate rose to 37.3% as the formal sector continues to shed jobs. President Ramaphosa's jobs and investment summits will need to start paying off, and fast.
There is an upsurge of right-wing and fascist governments in many parts of the world. Is South Africa immune to fascism? Whether or not fascism can rise to power is linked with the extent to which people of a country are prepared to defend democratic institutions. But their defence is linked with the level of their participation in democratic life.
We’re at that stage in the market cycle when we regularly see some or other Punxsutawney Phil appear on financial TV, or in the blogosphere, to throw shade at the stock market and predict the end of the bull market. Except that we’ve been at this stage for the last five years already.