BEST OF OPINIONS: Zuma's end is near

2017-05-30 16:55

Zuma's game is fast coming to an end

If Jacob Zuma were a pushover, he wouldn’t have lasted this long as a president that has seriously damaged our economy and sold chunks of the state to wealthy associates.

Getting him out of power so we could get back to a proper democracy with an accountable government that spends state resources on the citizens rather than on a greedy bunch of hyenas is a battle of national importance.

But if you once thought that this battle was going to be quick and easy, you have probably learnt by now that this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon, writes Max du Preez.

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Day Zero is fast approaching: How will Cape Town look without water?

An old gogo stands in line at the communal tap in Khayelitsha. She watches people ahead of her filling their water containers one by one. They discuss the abnormal lack of rain this winter. As she gets to the front she notices the flow from the tap begin to subside. She manages to catch the last few sputters of water that emerge, but then the tap gurgles and runs dry. She opens the tap further but to no avail … there is no more water.

Her experience is not isolated. Across the entire Cape Town metropolitan area, water pressure falls until house by house, business by business, the water runs out.

Calls from irate Capetonians begin to flood 567 Cape Talk. Social media runs amok. The DA-run municipality is inundated with calls from people and businesses asking what they should do. Even though Cape Town residents have feared for months that this day might eventually arrive, its cold reality is only now taking hold. All those who had treated this ‘Day Zero’ with relative indifference, are forced suddenly to confront the uncharted scale of disaster, writes Robert Traydon.

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Open letter to Spur CEO

In an open letter to Spur's CEO, a News24 reader writes:

I read with interest your response to Solidariteit’s letter.

There is a distinct sense that Dirk might be a bit compromised here because of the occurrences that you mention. It seems like this is causing his message to get lost in the dust cloud of your wrestling match.

Also, while reading, I detected a distinct undertone of defiance against what you probably deem to be unfair bullying tactics by the so-called “white conservatives”. The fact that your colleague goes to great pains explaining that only a few franchises are affected, proves my point.

On the contrary, I would bet that the opposite is true. If you weren’t hurting, you probably would not have written this letter.

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