Conspiracy theories

ANTHONY BUTLER: It’s a conspiracy theory, but it might just be true First published in BL PREMIUM 19 NOVEMBER 2020 It is tempting to laugh at the QAnon conspiracy theory. Millions of advocates of this fairy-tale, mostly in the US, believe that Satan-worshipping elites — including liberal Hollywood actors, paedophile Democratic Party politicians, and blood-sucking …

Time for a Cabinet reshuffle

ANTHONY BUTLER: Paranoia in the cabinet signals a reshuffle is on the cards With ministers resorting to self-promotion and backstabbing, Cyril Ramaphosa needs to enrol competent recruits  First published in BusinessLive 08 OCTOBER 2020 A cabinet reshuffle is an important political instrument for any national leader. In a fully presidential system the head of state …

Mashaba’s ActionSA and the DA are natural coalition partners

ANTHONY BUTLER: The DA and Action SA: unnatural born partners First published in Business Day. 10 SEPTEMBER 2020 The rebirth of the DA was not a natural event. It was a caesarean section, in which the scalpels were wielded by the “independent review panel” that diagnosed the DA’s 2019 election debacle. The panellists — party strategist Ryan …

Ramaphosa’s empty letter to ANC cadres

ANTHONY BUTLER: Ramaphosa extends theme of Good ANC v Bad ANC Party’s national executive committee meets this week to discuss president’s recent comments on corruption  BusinessLive 28 AUGUST 2020 ANTHONY BUTLER The ANC’s national executive committee will convene this weekend to solemnly contemplate President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent lamentations about the scourge of corruption. This latest …

Blaming Ace Magashule

ANTHONY BUTLER: After his rise, Ace Magashule is unlikely to fall too far Businesslive 24 August 2020 South Africans should be feeling quite sorry for ANC secretary-general Elias Sekgobelo Magashule. The Tumahole schoolboy earned the nickname “Ace” for his skills on the soccer pitch, where he was reportedly a midfield terrier. This brave young man risked his …