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)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

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.

Read more.

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. 

Sonwabile Ngxiza.

Read more.

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.

Clem Sunter.

Read more.

NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.