Religion and politics in SA

Published in Business Day on 17 September, 2007, under the title, 'SA politicians show their spirit' Should South Africans celebrate the recent discovery of an unexpected spiritual dimension in some of the country’s political leaders? Earlier this year, churchmen from the Full Gospel Church, the eThekwini Community Church, and the Miracles Gospel Church conferred the …

Why Dlamini-Zuma can’t win (a Business Day column from March 2013 that still holds true)

Seniority in the ANC will only get you so far Business Day, 1 March 2013 The idea of “seniority” plays an elusive but important role in the internal politics of the African National Congress (ANC). Its meaning is neither defined in the ANC’s constitution nor debated at the movement’s elective conferences. But it shapes decisions …

A quasi-Marxist survey of SA history from Thabo Mbeki (1978)

Thabo Mbeki 1978 The Historical Injustice Transcribed: for marxists.org by Pallo Jordan; This speech was delivered by Thabo Mbeki, member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC, at a seminar held in Ottawa, Canada, from February 19 to 22, 1978. It was published in Sechaba, March 1979 issue, with a view to generating a discussion …

PIC capture is not about the Guptas alone

As I noted more than two years ago, the tapping of public sector pensions to "recapitalise" parastatals -- notably Eskom -- was debated and apparently approved in principle by the ANC's economic transformation committee (ETC) in May 2015. Since the Mbeki era, proponents of competition in a regulated wholesale electricity market have proposed a clear separation …