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Best of opinions: Zuma's ultimate Machiavellian move

2017-07-12 15:55
President Jacob Zuma waves during the ANC policy conference in Johannesburg. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

President Jacob Zuma waves during the ANC policy conference in Johannesburg. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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In his closing address at the recent ANC Policy Conference, President Zuma did something extraordinary. He suggested that the ANC constitution be amended to accommodate two deputy presidents.

He also suggested that the person who comes second in the race for president of the ANC should automatically be the one deputy. The second deputy would then be elected through the present procedure, i.e. through nominations from branches and then voted on by delegates at the electoral conference in December.

I have no doubt that this proposal by the president is a very dangerous move for both the ANC and South Africa. Hopefully as he goes around to branches to convince them of this idea, branches will reject it with the contempt it deserves, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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Why we need a weekly drought bulletin for Cape Town

As we speak, our dam levels are just over 25% and we have – thank the heavens – had some rain. This time in July, 2016 we were a little over 43%, the year before that 54% and in 2014 96%. From 43% in July last year we fell to just below 20% in June, 2017 of which the last 10% is deemed useless because it is either too dirty or cannot be accessed. If the same drop of 23% happens in the next 12 months, we will have 2% in our dams this time next year but we will have reached the 10% useless level in March, 2018.

We urgently need some idea of what a comprehensive disaster plan entails should the taps literally run dry or nearly so. Nobody at the moment knows where the water collection points would be, the times of day to arrive to avoid the long queues if at all possible and how to help those in real distress, writes Clem Sunter.

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Bell Pottinger was 'just a tool for the dark forces'

I almost fell off my chair, laughing incredulously over the weekend while listening to Zizi Kodwa condemn Bell Pottinger for having arrived in our country to “undo all the gains that have been achieved since the end of apartheid”.

I must give it to him; he’s quite good, this Zizi fellow. Who trained him? This is the one man who has mastered the age-old art of saying anything that even he doesn’t seem to believe with a straight face, as if it came from the bottom of his heart.

Well, it’s either that or he lives on a planet apart from the one occupied by the rest of us mere mortals. The sad thing is that there are still too many who seem to believe the things he says, writes Solly Moeng.

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