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Best of opinions: Helen, I still don't believe you

2017-06-14 15:19
Western Cape premier Helen Zille reacts to an ANC speaker, Cameron Dugmore, referring to her infamous 'refugee-tweet' during a debate on racism in the Western Cape. (Jan Gerber, News24)

Western Cape premier Helen Zille reacts to an ANC speaker, Cameron Dugmore, referring to her infamous 'refugee-tweet' during a debate on racism in the Western Cape. (Jan Gerber, News24)

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The DA is better dead than red

The politics of the decision are understood, and I think are accepted by many on those terms. But out of the compromise is the challenge. The DA constantly asks those of principle to bend in favour of its pragmatic goals, and because many understand compromise they do.

But now the precedent the DA has set itself is that it cannot venture into difficult conversations that might fall foul of public sentiment. That represents trouble for a party in opposition unless it suppresses its positions in favour of more ‘correct’ and populist views, writes Gwen Ngwenya.

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Helen, I still don't believe you

‘Sorry seems to be the hardest word’ is a song title but former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille proved that not only is it difficult, it’s damn near impossible.

But following your supposed “genuine apology” for the self-created “colonial-gate saga”, you have again left the nation feeling pity for the current leader and utter shock at your failure to comprehend the pain you caused, writes Tshidi Madia.

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Who is Zuma really afraid of?

Whilst the ANC has been using white monopoly capital as the main actor in this noisy year of political theatre, there is also another form of paranoia that has taken hold in certain quarters. Many people in the ANC, and I am told No 1 in particular, are extremely concerned about a foreign government intervening in our business and trying to secure regime change. Parliament even wants to investigate new rules of party political funding based on the suspicion of foreign influences through opposition parties.

Of course this is all rather ironic with all that has been coming out about the Guptas, but irony aside, I have been told that the president himself is extremely worried that some foreign power is trying to get rid of him, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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