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Daniel Silke: DA buckles at the knees as Mashaba walks and Zille makes a comeback

2019-10-21 14:06

The DA will spin Herman Mashaba as rarely in-step with prevailing party thinking, but he was a forceful personality who occupied a hitherto unexploited position in our politics – a populist conservative free-marketer who was anti-immigration to boot, writes Daniel Silke.

READ IN FULL | Herman Mashaba: I cannot reconcile myself with people who believe race is irrelevant

2019-10-21 13:25

I believe that my devotion to liberalism is not at odds with my desire to ensure that we live in a just and equal South Africa. I am gravely concerned that the DA I signed up to, is no longer the DA that has emerged out of the recent federal council, writes Herman Mashaba.

FIRST TAKE: Mashaba punches DA in the face, Maimane calls him a hero

2019-10-21 13:08

Herman Mashaba resigned as DA mayor of the City of Johannesburg on Monday, launching a stinging attack on his own party. In the audience sat the party's leader, Mmusi Maimane, who then called him "a hero". That doesn't bode well for him or his party. At all.

Mondli Makhanya: SA needs a Cummings-like figure to tell us to be our better selves

2019-10-21 00:24

What stood out among the many tributes to legendary congressperson Elijah Cummings, who died this week, was the impact he made beyond the legislative corridors of Washington. There were many choice quotes attributed to this civil rights veteran, who

OPINION: Is DA liberalism marked for death?

2019-10-20 08:10

The DA gradually morphed into a political haven for pseudo liberals who, while accepting of the need to bring people from different races together, still hankered for white domination, writes Tebogo Khaas.

Blood in the water: Have the scalps of Boughey and Moakes saved Maimane?

2019-10-18 12:07

The brains-trust behind the DA's 2019 election campaign, Jonathan Moakes and Paul Boughey, have both resigned. Will it be enough of a sacrifice ahead of the party leadership's meeting this weekend? And will Mmusi Maimane use their sacrifice to his advantage?

 
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Terry Crawford-Browne: No greater place than SA to live

2019-10-21 09:13

There is far, far too much Afro-pessimism plus nonsensical assumptions that any place but South Africa is better, writes Terry Crawford-Browne.

EXTRACT | Blessed by Bosasa: Inside Gavin Watson's 'cult rituals'

2019-10-20 06:30

The Bosasa way was to seal the tender boxes, take them to the prayer meeting on the morning of the submission, anoint them with oil and pray over them. All of this was part of the Bosasa cult ritual.

Steven Friedman: Liberalism in SA isn't only for white people – or black people who want to be white

2019-10-18 08:56

Black liberalism in South Africa is not a contradiction in terms. A party which expresses it could become an important fixture in the country’s politics, writes Steven Friedman.

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Friday Briefing | Waiting in the wings: Billy Downer's long wait is finally over

2019-10-18 06:00

Nearly 20 years after the so-called arms deal docket came into the mustachioed prosecutor's purview, the corruption case against the former president is still consuming senior State advocate Billy Downer's time and energy, writes Mandy Wiener.

ANALYSIS: The inevitable diminishing of Jacob Zuma

2019-10-18 06:00

Former president Jacob Zuma was never going to remain the all-powerful and omnipresent political figure that he thought, and many South Africans feared he would. His appearance this week in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg was just downright sad. Not even Carl Niehaus was there, writes Pieter du Toit.

OPINION: Why Melbourne's weather is the key to surviving load shedding

2019-10-16 18:00

Over the last few weeks, I have had the sense that the pendulum of emotion has swung from extreme negativity to intentional and deliberate positivity. But that was before load shedding, writes Howard Feldman.

OPINION: What's Nick Mallett got to do with it?

2019-10-16 11:38

The South African Press Code emphasises that the media shall "take care to report news truthfully, accurately and fairly". George Claassen asks if it was unfair to name Mallett at all in a case of alleged misconduct that clearly has no relevance to him?

Melanie Verwoerd: Why #ImStaying in South Africa

2019-10-16 05:00

Despite what it may look like, the quality of life for most people who are able to emigrate deteriorates significantly. Unless you are stinking rich in dollar terms you will have to cut back dramatically, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

ANALYSIS: In London, Ramaphosa doesn't seem to have convinced The Economist and FT

2019-10-15 12:39

President Cyril Ramaphosa's interviews in London this week reveals a growing impatience outside South Africa with the lack of symbolic and visible progress to claw back the losses from the past decade.

EXTRACT | A House Divided: 'De Lille wanted things done, even if she had to bend the rules'

2019-10-15 08:53

De Lille's lead­ership style and her efforts to centralise power in her office sowed unhappiness and growing concern. 'It didn't matter what you said, you weren't going to convince her. In the end, her stubborn­ness counted against her.'

Herman Mashaba: Walking away from Johannesburg would be the DA's biggest mistake

2019-10-14 12:05

Joburg's multi-party co-operation is not something that should be a source of trepidation, it should be celebrated. It is almost certain that the future of South African politics will be linked to coalition governments, writes Herman Mashaba.

Helen Zille: 10 years of court battles to 'Stop Zuma' finally pay off

2019-10-14 05:00

It is sobering to think that the "nine wasted Zuma years" (and an estimated $50bn lost to corruption) might have been avoided had he faced charges related to the arms deal earlier, writes Helen Zille.

Adriaan Basson: Gupta sanctions a sign that justice is back on track

2019-10-11 08:30

The confidence with which the US department of treasury announced sanctions against the Guptas should be a boost for the NPA to bring the brothers and their political enablers to book, writes Adriaan Basson.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela: Why the DA must resist a push for a turn to the right

2019-10-11 07:00

The battle for the soul of the DA is primarily about the failure to manage diversity. The supposed liberals argue that race is irrelevant. But how they hope to obliterate race boggles the mind, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

OPINION: Yom Kippur attack a horrific indictment on us all

2019-10-11 09:05

People at prayer, no matter whether in a synagogue, church, mosque or temple, are vulnerable. The thought that this is the time when we most require security is a horrific indictment on us all, writes Howard Feldman.

Open letter to justice committee: Voters deserve to know who political donors are

2019-10-10 11:47

If there are donors who can secretly curry favour with political leaders or parties through donating amounts of less or more than R100 000, the right to make informed political choices for the vast majority of the electorate is undermined.

OPINION: Mboweni's economic plan likely to flounder on rocks of mistrust

2019-10-10 05:00

While Tito Mboweni must be commended for the initiative of producing a new economic blueprint, the reality of the economic challenges facing the country cannot be ignored, writes Thami Ntenteni.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela: Zuma's last chance to cross back over the 'firm line'

2019-10-18 06:00

Zuma proved with remarkable consistency his unflinching desire to cross the "firm line" between freedom fighter and politician. He also showed an ability to stubbornly remain on the other side of the "firm line" with no prospect of crossing back, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

OPINION: Expropriation, racial policy block economic progress

2019-10-17 07:16

Racial edicts in the form of the current empowerment regime have been presented as a non-negotiable by President Ramaphosa. This despite some clearly expressed concerns by investors, writes Terence Corrigan.

Mmusi Maimane: No confidence vote in Nelson Mandela Bay a chance to clear out the 'Coalition of Corruption'

2019-10-16 16:27

We have an opportunity to take back NMB from the criminals who are bleeding it dry. The scheduled motion of no confidence in the mayor is a chance to restore dignity to the people of the city, writes Mmusi Maimane.

ANALYSIS | A turbulent transition: DA faces a rocky future

2019-10-16 09:19

Mmusi Maimane's leadership of the DA has become the main focus of attention. But there are other tensions in the party. The most important is who will take over as the chair of the Federal Council, the party’s governing body between congresses.

OPINION | Of presidential pardons: No need to interfere with NPA's work

2019-10-16 05:00

The NPA has been plagued by allegations of political interference, and the minister's announcement to seek a presidential pardon on behalf of Kanya Cekeshe does nothing to fight the perception of political interference, writes Phephelaphi Dube.

Mamphela Ramphele: How to recover from SA's multi-generational trauma

2019-10-15 05:00

Our social development programs are too focused on welfarism and too little on healing the social pain that is overwhelming so many adults and children growing up in our highly unequal and violent society, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Adriaan Basson: Mr President, intelligence cannot afford another rogue minister

2019-10-14 08:20

Fears about State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo weren't unfounded. Six months into the job, she has been accused of issuing illegal interception orders and pushing her own allies to be appointed, writes Adriaan Basson.

Douglas Gibson: DA election this week to make or break the party

2019-10-14 05:00

It seems unlikely that Mmusi Maimane will stand down as DA leader. He is far more likely to fight for and win this week's election, but the consequences could well be a nasty split along racial lines, setting the DA back for years, writes Douglas Gibson.

ANALYSIS | Race, redress and liberalism: How the DA lost its way

2019-10-11 06:00

Helen Zille’s return to DA politics is an unabashed challenge to the Mmusi Maimane doctrine. There are stark differences between two prevailing schools of thought in the party. Only one will survive, writes Pieter du Toit.

Luyolo Mphithi: The DA is not in crisis, it is coming of age

2019-10-11 07:00

Never before has the DA had to deal with a conversation of what it's offer is and how it speaks to all South Africans. This is because the DA has become a serious political contender which wasn't the case previously, writes Luyolo Mphithi.

Daniel Silke: As political allegiances shift, it's bad news for the DA (and ANC)

2019-10-10 13:22

The DA's current problems are largely as a result of shifting fundamentals in political allegiance. When you try and play to all sides, you end up losing to all as well, writes Daniel Silke.

Herman Mashaba: Is the IRR the Guptas of the DA?

2019-10-10 09:32

Is the DA being captured by the Institute for Race Relations (IRR)? Will we one day be summoned into meetings in their offices to take instructions on Cabinet appointments, asks Herman Mashaba.

OPINION | Saudi pardner: Are tourism boycotts of repressive regimes the right ticket to force change?

2019-10-09 18:00

Saudi Arabia has just announced that, for the first time, tourists from 49 designated countries can now apply for a visa through Saudi embassies and consulates. Glenn Bownes argues that now is a perfect time for a renewed debate on the ethics of tourism in countries run by repressive regimes.

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