Best of Voices: Ramaphosa's chances are slim

2017-08-02 15:57
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a keynote address during the official renaming ceremony of the Nelson Mandela University at the Missionvale Campus in Port Elizabeth. (Lulama Zenzile, Gallo Images, Die Burger)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a keynote address during the official renaming ceremony of the Nelson Mandela University at the Missionvale Campus in Port Elizabeth. (Lulama Zenzile, Gallo Images, Die Burger)

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Ramaphosa: 'Violence against women and children has become an epidemic'

2017-07-31 13:40

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the National Campaign against Violence towards Women and Children, at Randburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng on the weekend. Watch. WATCH

Without any doubt Ramaphosa’s campaign has picked up speed. He is saying the right things, attending key events and looking presidential. Thus the media’s positive response. In contrast his main rival (for now), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is not doing high-profile events, looks grumpy when she is out and about and does not produce catchy soundbytes.

If we were to measure the two campaigns as we would an American or European presidential run-off, it would be clear that Ramaphosa has the upper hand. But this is not Europe or America and the ANC works very differently from the Republicans or Democrats. Also: we are living in extraordinary times – even as far as the ANC is concerned, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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Pillars of democracy toppling one by one

The inexplicable break-ins at the Chief Justice, the National Prosecuting Authority and Hawks offices signal deliberate and calculated attempts to destroy the integrity of the judiciary and compromise the law enforcement apparatuses. 

The modus operandi of these break-ins shows a disturbing pattern of a well orchestrated ploy to steal computers and confidential information about the justices and files containing sensitive details of on-going investigations. 

Undermining the rule of law epitomises the hallmarks strategy to evade justice. The break-ins are but a manifestation of a consistent ploy that has been aggressively implemented over a period. The latest incarnation of undermining the rule of law was preceded by the appointment of questionable characters to head strategic law enforcement agencies despite negative findings by various courts, writes Sonwabile Ngxiza.

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Drought bulletin: we may just make it

At the rate of decline in the last summer season of around 6% per month, we would run out of potable water in under five months or by the middle of February next year. If you allow for the fact that the city’s water consumption has been cut from 800 to 600 million litres a day, this may lower the descent to say 4.5% a month which would push Day Zero out to the end of March next year.

If we achieve the present target for consumption of 500 million litres a day, we may last until the end of April, 2017 which gets us close to next year’s rainy season, writes Clem Sunter.

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