No amount of champagne, cakes or booze-fuelled parties can mask the reality of the what the ANC has become.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and former president FW de Klerk come from different sides of the political divide, but both faced complex problems which required (and for the former, still does) vision and determination. Maybe there are some lessons Ramaphosa can take from De Klerk and his history-making parliamentary address on February 2, 1990.
The "peace plan" for Israel and Palestine seems to be a logical conclusion for the former's seeming indifference to the future of the West Bank and Gaza, writes Pieter du Toit. The contrast between the charmed life people lead in Tel Aviv, and what happens in the border country, is stark.
When he was finance minister, he had to time and again fend off attempts to capture the Treasury and reconfigure the fiscus. He used the office of the chief procurement officer at the Treasury to clamp down on illegal, fruitless and wasteful expenditure and tried to keep a rein on rampant expenditure, which created many enemies who wanted to keep on pillaging state resources, writes Pieter du Toit.
If there’s anything that the government and party of former president Jacob Zuma will be remembered for – apart from corruption, mismanagement and theft – it will be the brazen manner in which the capture clique attempted to hijack National Treasury on December 9, 2015, writes Pieter du Toit.
The DA's future will be determined by what happens in the next 48 hours. The key will be how it navigates the treacherous waters of identity politics. There's no doubt: the party's future is under threat, writes Pieter du Toit.
A screenshot "showing" that NPA head, advocate Shamila Batohi, allegedly received R1.6m from President Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign is obviously bogus. It is, however, a shot across the bow of Batohi and the National Prosecuting Authority from those who are feeling the heat. And disinformation will be used to muddy the waters, writes Pieter du Toit.
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There is a difference between what "the US wants" and what "Trump wants". According to European officials, the nuclear containment agreement reached between Western allies and Iran under former president Barack Obama was working in preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power, writes Pieter du Toit.
Siya Kolisi and Rassie Erasmus have done a wonderful job but the image of our country has again shown up the political class's ineptitude in solving our problems, writes Pieter du Toit.
The manufactured furore about Springbok winger Makazole Mapimpi being waved away by a group of reserve players is unnecessary. This Springbok team might not win the World Cup, but they certainly aren't a bunch of racists, writes Pieter du Toit.
Where is President Cyril Ramaphosa? South Africa is being paralysed by economic indecision and ANC infighting, while Johannesburg and Pretoria burn and the assault on women continues. We have a head of state who is missing in action, writes Pieter du Toit.
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The old flag was the product of attempts to unify white South Africa, to the exclusion of black South Africans, something which Roets and AfriForum have difficulty understanding, never mind admit, writes Pieter du Toit.
South Africans are weary of speeches and platitudes and having to read between the lines. President Ramaphosa must deliver determined a statement of intent tonight. And then he must make it happen, writes Pieter du Toit.
Moments after administering the oath of office to President Cyril Ramaphosa, while Loftus Versfeld Stadium erupted in song, Chief Justice Moegoeng Mogoeng tugged at the head of state’s right elbow, writes Pieter du Toit.
AfriForum has emerged as the unapologetic emissary of a new form of Afrikaner nationalism. Not surprising if you know where their roots lie, writes Pieter du Toit.
The ANC clings to corruption-tainted leaders, destructive policies and outmoded ideas because of its belief in collective leadership, writes Pieter du Toit.
Gwen Ngwenya, the DA's head of policy, resigned after sending a blistering letter to party leader Mmusi Maimane. She describes a party seemingly in shambles, unable to take difficult decisions, writes Pieter du Toit.
The BLF was a creation of the Bell Pottinger period, a dangerous oddity now preaching racism and violence to remain relevant. Our political and judicial system will weigh its merits, writes Pieter du Toit.
The 2019 election will be a referendum on the EFF's policy of radicalism. Will the electorate reward of punish them for their militant style, asks Pieter du Toit.
The ANC NEC's latest statement was so devoid of reality and beset with contradictions it is impossible to take seriously. And it spoke of problems as if it isn't chiefly responsible for almost all of them, writes Pieter du Toit.
The raging conflict between Pravin Gordhan and Busisiwe Mkhwebane isn’t really about the inane issue of a pension grant. It's about the resistance against government-wide reforms that President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to implement and that Gordhan is tasked with leading.
Thanks to his popularity Steve Hofmeyr's race-baiting has been normalised over the years. He has been a fixture on society pages and the airwaves. But it seems those days are over, writes Pieter du Toit.
If Cyril Ramaphosa is truly committed to cleaning up the state, creating an effective public service and putting the country on a steady economic growth path, he cannot commit to the ANC, writes Pieter du Toit.
SONA has become a fashion parade for the political and captured elite, smilingly strutting on a red carpet while answering banal questions about haute couture, writes Pieter du Toit.
The ANC is finalising their final list to present to the electorate before the coming election. Will ANC leaders of questionable ethics like Nomvula Mokonyane and Vincent Smith be on that list, asks Pieter du Toit.
Barbara Hogan's testimony on Monday at the Zondo commission skewered former president Jacob Zuma and put the ANC firmly at the centre of the state capture project (again), writes Pieter du Toit.
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