Tag Archives: President Jacob Zuma

Mining The Many Faces of Cyril Ramaphosa

  “Apartheid was baked hard in the mining industry, because that’s where it originated”- Cyril Ramaphosa   Ramaphosa and Marikana “An injury to one worker, is an injury to all,” Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa roared from the stage from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Central Committee meeting In Pretoria, at the end [...]

‘Who is Burning the Rome?’

    The 22nd of June 2017 played out predictably. In Johannesburg, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng read out the Constitutional Court’s “secret ballot” judgment with preacher-style emphasis that everyone, from the president to those holding Stop-and-Go signs on roads under construction — which appear the only jobs the current administration can create — is beholden [...]

A Deadening Democracy: From Polokwane to #Sona2017

The events inside and around parliament on February 9 — the violent ejecting of opposition Economic Freedom Fighters from the legislature, the pepper-spraying of guests in the public gallery, the repression of journalists, the deployment of the army on the streets of Cape Town, the thuggish behaviour of ANC MPs —  should not have surprised [...]

The Amnesiac Leaders of the ‘Neverlution’

  As South African universities ready for the new academic year — and potentially renewed conflict between students and university managements and government – Himal Ramji questions the narrow authoritarianism creeping into the Fees Must Fall movement    The beginning of 2016 saw growing ferment at South African universities. By October, universities across the country had shut down. Re-opening dates [...]