BEST OF OPINIONS: ANC in paralysis against more daring Zuma

2017-05-29 15:34
An ANC supporter dances at FNB Stadium. (AFP)

An ANC supporter dances at FNB Stadium. (AFP)

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Zuma was never going anywhere

If there was any doubt that President Jacob Zuma still runs the show within the ANC, the lack of developments in the party’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting should clarify the matter once and for all, writes Ralph Mathekga.

As Zuma’s allies see his survival as essential to contribute to their political fortunes, he will receive the necessary support to see him through to the end of his term – or at least to leave office graciously after securing favourable results in the party’s elective conference to be held in December.

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Victim shaming in SA deserves junk status

In the cases of the young women whose brutal murders were in the news more recently, the attention slowly turned to public perception of their looks and conduct. Soon their lives were impugned as people said things like “that one was known to like rich men”, “she was loud and into night life” and “that is what happens when you are a gold digger”. All this said in order to justify the violent acts perpetrated by the men involved in these incidents. As if the women’s attire, looks or even behaviour gave their perpetrator the right to violate and even kill them, writes Thabang Pooe.

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Judicial overreach and desperate citizens: What is to be done?

It is becoming increasingly clear that we are mired in a cesspool of corruption. At the same time, the majority party is battling to come to terms with the fact that the people (including most of their supporters) are thoroughly disgusted with their politicians, writes Mike Roussos.

During this turbulent period, the courts have come to play an important role in holding various politicians and civil servants to account. Various court actions have forced politicians to acknowledge, in most cases reluctantly, that we are a constitutional democracy whose government’s actions are subject to scrutiny – to determine if they accord with our fundamental law – our Constitution. These actions have led to debates about the appropriate role of the courts – and the need to distinguish between the roles of the executive, the legislature and the judiciary.

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