Ralph Mathekga

Ralph Mathekga: Public criticisms against Public Protector judgment do not show intellectual rigour

2019-09-04 05:24

If I don't agree with the verdict of the court, I still have an obligation to read it and engage with its specific reasoning. Anything short of that is just a slander against the judge, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Ralph Mathekga: Political battles rushing us headlong to the end of another wasted municipal term

2019-08-27 08:52

Halfway through the current term, the greatest achievement in Tshwane and Joburg is the failure of the ANC to remove the DA mayors. Mashaba's biggest achievement is that he survived the attempts to remove him, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Ralph Mathekga: Party Funding Bill a damp squib without regulation of internal party campaigning

2019-08-13 09:02

There is no point in regulating how political parties handle donations if we do not go deeper into how they handle their internal processes – these also need to be standardised, writes Ralph Mathekga.

South Africans won't allow ANC to remove Ramaphosa – and now we know he knows it

2019-07-30 08:48

In confronting his detractors to try to remove him, President Ramaphosa is betting on the broader South African population to ensure that the cost of removing him will be too high for the ANC, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Zuma's state capture argument misses the wood for the trees

2019-07-16 08:58

Jacob Zuma says that we have no discernible definition of state capture, but this is exactly what the Zondo commission is trying to establish, writes Ralph Mathekga.



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Ralph Mathekga: One year later, Zondo deserves a Bell's!

2019-08-20 08:16

The dignity of the commission has been held up by Zondo's personal approach to the process. Even the most reluctant witness could not gather the rudeness to withdraw from the commission, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Our obsession with the ANC is killing us

2019-08-06 08:07

Our obsession with the ANC is keeping us from engaging about what is really important. We fail deliberately in rescuing the public dialogue, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Ramaphosa may be on firm legal ground, but has a serious political problem

2019-07-23 09:20

Ramaphosa's response to Mkhwebane is that the Public Protector has no business probing the president's campaign financing. Even if the court affirms this, it doesn't answer the political question about who made the donations, writes Ralph Mathekga.

It's lose-lose as Mkhwebane backs Ramaphosa into a corner

2019-07-09 08:16

The Public Protector is acting in a manner that shows that she not only doesn't fear political backlash from her controversial reports, but also does not fear any possibility that Parliament may remove her, writes Ralph Mathekga.

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Local government: Where state capture has led to state failure

2019-07-02 08:08

The state of municipalities in South Africa is the closest you get to state failure, a scenario where rules are broken systematically with impunity, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Can Ramaphosa's SONA say what everyone wants it to say?

2019-06-18 09:10

The president will use the SONA to drive the message that he is in charge and will not allow experimentation with the SARB. This may help in the short term but won't solve his problems with the ANC, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Are we judging Mkhwebane fairly?

2019-06-04 08:56

Whether or not we as a nation trust Busisiwe Mkhwebane, we still owe her an open, fair and transparent inquiry driven by public interest and not our narrow political preferences, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Why Ramaphosa shouldn't (and won't) get rid of Zuma's ministers

2019-05-21 09:12

The best way to neutralise the Zuma factor in the ANC is to find space for some people so that they do not feel left out of the 'New Dawn'. It's strategic deployment, writes Ralph Mathekga.

ANC's project 'forgive me' pays off

2019-05-09 23:19

Both the two main opposition parties have fared dismally in this election. As things stand, the best case scenario for the DA is to walk away with exactly the same amount of support the party went into the elections with, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Public Protector in the path of a perfect storm brewing in Parliament

2019-06-25 07:23

Mkhwebane's decisions to probe Ramaphosa campaign donations will fuel calls for an inquiry into her fitness to hold office. Such an inquiry would have to be undertaken by a parliamentary committee, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Ramaphosa may find himself isolated in Cabinet on the SARB. Here's why

2019-06-11 08:45

There are too few people in Cabinet willing to openly side with Ramaphosa on the SARB matter, whilst too many people are quiet and seem to be non-committal in the debate, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Did Ramaphosa receive the mandate he was looking for?

2019-05-14 08:03

Who received the mandate in the elections last week? Was it passed to the ANC or to Cyril Ramaphosa, or both? This is not an academic debate with no basis in real life, but influences how things will progress in government in the next five years, writes Ralph Mathekga.

ANC support won't grow, but DA has the biggest problem

2019-04-30 06:55

If the DA fails to grow, the party will gradually lose its place around the table as a serious opposition party; the EFF will elbow them out, writes Ralph Mathekga.

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