Pieter du Toit

Pieter du Toit: A country 'on its backside' must look beyond Siya’s sterling Springboks

2019-11-04 12:10

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.

Pieter du Toit: Maimane's dramatic resignation could threaten DA's future

2019-10-24 07:01

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.

Pieter du Toit: In defence of the Springboks, rugby and the Bomb Squad

2019-10-07 10:51

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.

Pieter du Toit: Cyril Ramaphosa is a reluctant president and afraid to lead

2019-09-03 11:19

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.

The ANC NEC is taking the rest of us for a ride

2019-08-05 05:00

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.

Proxy war between Gordhan and Mkhwebane a zero-sum game

2019-05-29 08:17

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.

 

 

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Pieter du Toit: A disinformation campaign against Shamila Batohi was always going to come

2019-09-10 14:52

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.

Pieter du Toit: The old flag and the unbearable whiteness of being AfriForum

2019-08-22 14:28

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.

Mr President, we need a clear and determined statement of intent

2019-06-20 07:28

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.

Ramaphosa sent on his mission by a Bible, a squadron of Gripens and a new NDPP

2019-05-26 06:52

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.

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Why Steve Hofmeyr is increasingly being isolated

2019-04-18 12:29

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.

Ramaphosa has to choose between South Africa and the ANC

2019-03-24 07:00

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.

Barricades, Alsatians and fences: SONA shows up a party and government afraid of its people

2019-02-10 06:00

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.

'Scent of a Woman', Agrizzi and the ANC: Will Mokonyane and Smith survive?

2019-01-23 06:02

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.

Hogan shows Zuma, ANC ran government like a mafia ring

2018-11-12 20:18

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.

Gordhan meeting the Guptas is a sideshow, the real story is Zuma

2018-11-08 08:40

The crux of Pravin Gordhan's 68-page statement to Zondo: the crucial, central and clear role Jacob Zuma played to facilitate the grand and intricate project of capturing the state, writes Pieter du Toit.

Radical economic transformation and the return of Johann Rupert

2018-11-02 07:00

His vilification as the embodiment of "white monopoly capital" has Johann Rupert disillusioned about South Africa. But President Cyril Ramaphosa's call to treat entrepreneur as "heroes" might entice him to lend a hand.

Khrushchev, Malema and the cult of the individual

2018-10-17 06:59

Judging by Tuesday's press conference there's no indication that the EFF will heed Khrushchev's admonition of his comrades some 62 years ago to abolish the cult of the individual, writes Pieter du Toit.

Verwoerd, apartheid and race: How AfriForum's lineage shaped its ideas

2019-03-26 05:00

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.

Gwen Ngwenya's resignation exposes the DA's soft underbelly

2019-01-24 15:14

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.

That time a white guy went to Andile Mngxitama's press conference

2018-12-12 06:02

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.

Reward or punishment for the EFF in 2019?

2018-11-09 06:00

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.

A decade after Obama's election, America is more divided than ever

2018-11-06 08:26

Pieter du Toit attended former US president Barack Obama's victory speech in Chicago exactly a decade ago. As Americans vote in the midterm elections, much has changed from the high of that day in 2008.

Kompromat: Why Malusi Gigaba should resign

2018-10-29 16:22

It is enormously problematic to have a finance minister opening himself up to being blackmailed. Gigaba is not an asset to this government. He is a liability, writes Pieter du Toit.

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