No amount of champagne, cakes or booze-fuelled parties can mask the reality of the what the ANC has become.
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By attacking principles such as reconciliation and tolerance as we walk away from Mandela's legacy, we are effectively desecrating our own history, writes Ralph Mathekga.
With the stark challenges as the ones we are experiencing, the best option for the president would be to forget about the art of balancing and commit to a few things and make it clear as to when they will be done, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The instructions from Luthuli House would certainly urge that the ANC caucus in Parliament shows restraint on Mkhwebane, while the Union Buildings would certainly prefer her out of the office as soon as yesterday., writes Ralph Mathekga.
Freeing Eskom from the grip of the ANC-led government could also have implications on the behaviour of the private sector which could gain massive power through which to subvert the transformation agenda of the ANC, writes Ralph Mathekga.
Could 2020 be the year of amplified conflict among the various interest groups jostling for political power in South Africa? I am nearly convinced that is the case, as we will see in the year, writes Ralph Mathekga.
In the end, there is a new script that was written for the EFF in Nasrec, including its concern with "big issues" such as building a united Africa. I hear this is an agenda, the pursuit of which, will upset forces that would seek to remove Mr Malema from the face of the earth, writes Ralph Mathekga.
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The President did not skip Davos because he is worried about the collective within the ANC which might take a decision he would not like simply because he is ticked "absent" on the register that day. This is about whom the president leaves the ANC with, writes Ralph Mathekga.
Our decisions regarding when to intervene in resolving problems in our society are driven by the needs of service providers, and not necessarily the need to roll out services efficiently and at less cost. We have allowed problems at Eskom and other areas to become crisis before we can intervene simply because crisis response benefits service providers, Ralph Mathekga.
This is a country of contradictions, imperfections, disappointments, promises, and hope. Whatever you make of it, no place is like South Africa, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The problem is that when general policy failure happens, it is unjustifiable to conclude that the general policy failures are caused by affirmative action, writes Ralph Mathekga.
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It is senseless that the best way to get people to pay what they do not need or want, is to reward them with exactly what they do not need, writes Ralph Mathekga.
It is not normal for a society to be this unequal, hence we cannot adopt a standard or even classical approach to the challenges that we encounter, writes Ralph Mathekga.
For South Africa to effect transparency about the use of money in politics, lobbyists will have to be properly regulated and identified, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The events that have unfolded in the DA in the last few weeks have shown that Zille has more influence in the party than Maimane. In a sense, he serves at her pleasure, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The fact that the DA failed to grow in the elections this year should not discourage the party from pursuing a vision based on inclusivity and tolerance, writes Ralph Mathekga.
It is a stretch to say Bongani Bongo's arrest is a high profile state capture arrest. He is not even a high profile politician; he is merely a low level fixer who was inexplicably appointed to Cabinet by Zuma, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The EFF that comes out of the elective conference will most likely no longer have a place for Godrich Gardee and Dali Mpofu, who seem to be indifferent towards defending their fellow leaders on allegations of impropriety, writes Ralph Mathekga.
If the DA aggressively shifts towards the centre-right or market liberalism, this means that it will be left to the EFF and ANC to defend multiracialism and inclusivity, writes Ralph Mathekga.
As the nation's war on corruption takes off, it will be naïve to expect those who are implicated to fold their hands and wait for their execution, writes Ralph Mathekga.
It is not clear whether Solidarity's decision to establish an Afrikaans university is aimed at exclusion or building a more inclusive society. That said, a community building its own institutions is without doubt the best way to express patriotism, writes Ralph Mathekga.
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