Boiling frogs and lobsters

ANTHONY BUTLER: Ramaphosa and the boiling-frog syndrome ANC policy makers are aware that SA is dependent on its white population but relief at Ramaphosa’s ascendency should not turn to arrogance First published in Business Day 09 FEBRUARY 2018 - 06:15 ANTHONY BUTLER In one of the most exciting Swiss news stories to break in decades, the …

Why I hate Davos

ANTHONY BUTLER: Democracy, markets and Davos fail to tackle inequality First published in Business Day 26 JANUARY 2018 - 06:12 ANTHONY BUTLER Swiss police guard the Davos Congress Hotel during the World Economic Forum 2018 annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on January 25 2018. Picture: REUTERS   The World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) annual jamboree in the …

Zuma must go. State power is the key

ANTHONY BUTLER: Ramaphosa’s ruthlessness prevailed against faction with huge resources First published in Business Day 20 DECEMBER 2017 - 05:48 ANTHONY BUTLER Cyril Ramaphosa’s election to the presidency of the ANC was an extraordinary achievement. Critics have presented it as the culmination of a career steeped in ambition. Cynics have observed that Ramaphosa had good fortune …

Santa column (sorry)

ANTHONY BUTLER: O come all ye faithful, hail Nkandla Santa Without a new Santa, we will move from a state of capture to a state of emergency. But who should the new Santa be? First published in BDLive BL PREMIUM 15 DECEMBER 2017 - 06:17 ANTHONY BUTLER Ho ho ho! We have finally reached that time …

Two weeks to the conference

There’s more clarity from ANC conference now, but enigmas remain Jacob Zuma probably has some final gambits to play, but they are all potentially counterproductive First published in Business Day 01 DECEMBER 2017 A victory for ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa in December’s elective conference is probably now a little more likely than any other …

Electable leader, EFF coalition, or ballot rigging?

ANTHONY BUTLER: Dlamini-Zuma an ANC migraine to avoid Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s election would perpetuate the ANC’s dangerous habit of taking its voters for granted First published in Business Day 17 NOVEMBER 2017 - 06:04 ANTHONY BUTLER When — or rather if — the ANC meets in Gauteng on December 16 to elect a new party leadership, many …