Mpumelelo Mkhabela

ANC, EFF policy differences on land expropriation hinders constitutional amendment

2018-09-13 10:08

The policy differences of the ANC and the EFF suggest that a constitutional amendment will not succeed – unless either party is willing to bend over backwards to accommodate the other, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Zuma may be gone, but how do we avoid a repeat of the disaster?

2018-09-06 08:59

The ruinous presidency of Jacob Zuma alerted us to dangerous holes in our constitutional democracy. But there seems to be no comprehensive effort to prevent a recurrence, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

The serious error that could derail Zondo's state capture commission

2018-08-27 09:28

Given the lack of outcomes following the Arms Deal and Marikana commissions, and the disregard for the Fees Commission, Zondo must not dash the little hope there is in the state capture commission, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Winning the war against state capture

2018-08-21 06:00

Had it been a military war, the near-defeat of South Africa would have been clear to all. The casualties would have left survivors and observers shocked, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

DA daunted by our ugly past

2018-08-10 09:25

The debates in the DA suggest that the party is unsure about how to deal with the legacy of the past which manifests itself in spatial patterns, income trends and the "first black" phenomenon, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.



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From Jacob Zuma to John Block: the 'generally corrupt' are back

2018-08-30 08:50

Some years ago, the phrase "generally corrupt relationship" generated heated debates. The SCA has found a reason to use it again in a recent judgment. But this time there wasn't much hullaballoo, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Calls to broaden state capture inquiry to pre-1994 are naive, self-serving

2018-08-23 08:56

Those who have been captured are complaining that the state capture inquiry is too narrowly focused. Here are reasons why such comments should be thoroughly discredited, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

The dangers of knowledge without ethics

2018-08-16 11:54

Those involved in state capture are highly educated lawyers employed by the state who colluded with private sector counterparts to use their education for evil, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Ramaphosa land announcement reminiscent of Zuma years

2018-08-02 10:45

Ramaphosa should at this early stage of his presidency frame his relationship with the ANC in such a way that the party is not perceived to be interfering in matters of state, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

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When the filth of corruption infiltrates an entire society

2018-07-31 06:01

Kgalema Motlanthe was naïve in thinking that education was the solution to South Africa's problems. The solution is a criminal justice system that flushes out from the body politic the cancer of corruption, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

ANC fires heist suspect, but still employs 'tax-in-transit' kingpins

2018-07-19 08:57

Luthuli House, the ANC's headquarters, did a marvellous job this week. It fired one of its employees implicated in cash-in-transit heists, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

ANC, EFF battle for rural votes turning land process into tragicomedy

2018-07-09 16:34

The battle for rural voters under the jurisdiction of unelected chiefs is forcing the ANC and EFF to alter their positions, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

De Lille victory a hard lesson for all political parties

2018-06-28 08:32

Patricia de Lille's court victory is a victory for all members of political parties who wish to participate fully in the activities of their parties in line with the agreed rules and policies of those parties, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

DA's confusion over Israel highlights SA's foreign policy chaos

2018-06-14 09:03

The remarks by MMC Mpho Phalatse at an event in which she spoke on behalf of the government of the City of Johannesburg could be a symptom of chaos in our foreign policy making, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Ashwin Willemse was a quota player and he should be proud of it

2018-05-31 08:40

Willemse missed an opportunity in his studio exit address: he should have added how proud he was to be a quota candidate – and a competent one, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Getting black farmers across the economic divide

2018-05-18 08:18

The raging national debate about whether or not to expropriate land without compensation has over-shadowed other important developments in the political economy of agriculture, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

The 'problem' politicians give columnists: How to choose who to write about?

2018-05-10 12:56

It is difficult to write on current affairs in South Africa, says Mpumelelo Mkhabela. The difficulty lies not in the ability to write, but the choice of your subject.

Hard work left for SA to match other Brics economies

2018-07-27 07:00

South Africa must not suffer the illusion that it is the leader in Africa. Our primary focus should be on how best we can benefit from our membership of BRICS, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Zuma has himself to blame for harsh treatment of his children

2018-07-12 09:01

Jacob Zuma was recently quoted blaming the media for its "harsh" reporting that could have worsened the illness that eventually claimed the life of his son Vusi. When will he learn to take full responsibility for his actions, asks Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

'Get rich, get rich, get rich!' - the sickness killing South Africa

2018-07-05 08:36

Many in our society, having absorbed the value system of the capitalist market, believe that personal success means personal enrichment at all costs, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Zuma's shadow is starving the ANC of much needed sunlight

2018-06-21 12:03

Zuma ominously casts a very dark shadow on the ANC, doing what he can to stop the political photosynthesis and starving the ANC and the country of sunlight, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Floyd Shivambu's nativist politics show EFF for what they really are

2018-06-07 08:21

A series of statements by EFF leaders on identity, race, ethnicity, citizenship and language shows a party steeped in racial and ethnic chauvinism, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Ramaphosa's big challenge to turn early wins into long-term success

2018-05-25 09:04

Ramaphosa needs to demonstrate that he understands people's concerns. People must not be made to wait for "thuma mina" while they are told things will be fine in the long run, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

AfriForum's experiment will likely backfire on its members

2018-05-17 08:41

By scaring off investors with fake news about crime statistics, AfriForum has positioned itself directly against President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commercial diplomatic initiatives to attract investments, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

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