BEST OF OPINIONS: Beware a possible Zuma ambush

2017-05-31 17:34
Die president stel nie ’n baie goeie voorbeeld nie, argumenteer die skrywer.

Die president stel nie ’n baie goeie voorbeeld nie, argumenteer die skrywer.

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Crime levels in the country are too high - Jacob Zuma

2017-05-31 11:22

President Jacob Zuma revisited the Elsies River community in Cape Town on Tuesday as part of a crime-fighting imbizo, in the wake of three-year-old Courtney Pieters' brutal murder. Watch. WATCH

Could Zuma be planning an ambush?

There has been a lot of talk recently that Zuma is under more pressure than at any time previously. There is clearly an onslaught on him from all directions. In the last few months alone the courts, Parliament, sections of the NEC, the Alliance, the churches, academics etc. have all come out with statements and reports, many calling on Zuma to resign.

The general feeling is that Zuma is being constantly wounded by all the revelations and court cases. Yet, he and his side seem unfazed – calmly rejecting all attacks as nonsense, fabricated or sub judice. It seems they are so confident about their ability to ultimately win that they are happy to patiently let the other side make their moves, before they pounce, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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Can SA reshape its politics and why is it important?

In the last decade many of our institutions – with the exception of the judiciary – have been systematically undermined: the prosecuting and law enforcement authorities, the public broadcaster, the State Owned Enterprises – all of which are supposedly owned by the public.

Also undermined has been accountability. 

How does one begin to have the conversations we so desperately need around policy when our institutional framework is so battered? How does one engage over key findings of REDI3x3 that small firms, contrary to what the NDP hoped, are not creating more jobs and are instead becoming more capital intensive, asks Pippa Green.

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How I explained Jacob Zuma to my 3 year-old

As the seriousness of the weekend played in my head, I struggled to find the exact words to explain to my child that these things are really just politics, grown up things, that he doesn’t have to worry about now. But it made me worry, because very soon, I’m going to have to find the right words. And it better be good, writes Faith Daniels.

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