Best of opinions: Zuma's allies could abandone him

2017-06-19 16:14

Are Zuma's allies jumping ship?

The road to the ANC’s December elective conference is becoming interestingly uncertain; even for those within the party who thought they were guaranteed victory in what promises to be a very dramatic conference.

President Zuma’s camp, Camp Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, seems to be encountering serious headwinds, not only caused by the rival Cyril Ramaphosa, but also from some people who were presumed to be Zuma’s allies, writes Ralph Mathekga.

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Why social grants are a dead end for the youth

I often compare social grants to government’s Extended Public Works Programmes. These programmes provide jobs and help people put food on the table but let's not kid ourselves: this is a mild relief to a long term illness. Sure, such programmes can lead to a better skilled labour force in the same way that social grants can help provide basic needs for children. But what happens when these programmes end? What happens when a person is no longer a minor and therefore doesn't qualify for a grant? The patient will die, writes Mondli Zondo.

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NDZ: The candidate with no plan

It isn’t hard to see that the reason why Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was installed as the chairperson of the African Union (AU) was to keep her at arm’s length in a way that wouldn’t compromise her esteem or give her access to influence here at home. After all, she was always set to be a proxy-president, on behalf of Jacob Zuma.

I suppose it’s not a bad game plan, and the candidate, lured by the promise of executive power, would be all too willing to play along. The same can be said of the former Mayor of Johannesburg, Parks Tau, who remains president of a forum called the United Cities and Local Governments. Just to clarify, Tau is the president of a forum of mayors, without being a mayor himself, writes Anneke Scheepers.

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