Judicial dreamers

ANTHONY BUTLER: Are judges ignoring dangers so eccentrics can rule? The Constitutional Court’s ruling in favour of unaffiliated individuals fails to understand our electoral system Business Day 18 JUNE 2020 Picture: 123RF/EVGENYI LASTOCHKIN     On occasion, the highest court in the land can deliver a judgment that is truly baffling to simple-minded folk. Last …

Post-Covid Politics

ANTHONY BUTLER:Don’t bet on too radical change after Covid-19 Business Day 21 MAY 2020 Health workers fill out documents before performing tests for Covid-19 at the screening and testing tents set up at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg. Picture: MICHELE SPATARI / AFP     Politically speaking, what comes next? Credible analysis of “post-Covid …

It’s the economy, stupid

ANTHONY BUTLER: Replace Year Zero fantasies with healthy pragmatism Instead of imagining a brand new economy, the government should allow more businesses to operate to avert a total destruction Business Day PREMIUM 07 MAY 2020 -  ANTHONY BUTLER Picture: ALON SKUY​     The Covid-19 crisis is stress testing all of our political leaders. Ministers …

The third dimension of Covid-19 uncertainty

ANTHONY BUTLER: Besides health and economics, the lockdown has a third dimension Effects on human culture and behaviour of the pandemic and restrictions have largely been ignored Business Day 23 APRIL 2020 Picture: THE TIMES/ESA ALEXANDER     Government’s proposed easing of Covid-19 restrictions will have to balance health risks with economic effects. But the …