Tag Archives: African National Congress

When Art Numbs the Senses

  When Simphiwe Dana’s single Nzima was released on Freedom Day earlier this year, it prompted many to revisit questions on how the arts positions itself on social matters. Dana dropped the single not just on the eve of the 2014 national elections, but also when we reflected on 20 years of democracy. For someone […]

#PayBackTheMoney: Irony & Anarchism

  The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took the language of the streets into Parliament with their #PayBackTheMoney chant directed at President Jacob Zuma last week. And when he was unable to answer their questions, they protested. The ANC did the same with Speaker Baleka Mbete, calling in the cops (who, thankfully, did not storm the […]

‘White Foreigners’: History Repeating

  Terry Bell   Gwede Mantashe, former chairman of the SA Communist Party, former general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and now the powerful secretary-general of the governing ANC, sounded furious this week. In what must qualify as the most ironic case of “we’ve heard all that before”, he blamed the platinum […]

Platinum Strike: Where to Now? [Updated]

  Update: Late yesterday news broke of an “in principle” agreement on a new wage offer between Amcu and the platinum producers. According to www.platinumwagenegotiations.co.za, which is run by the platinum producers, Amcu will be taking this offer to striking mineworkers for a mandate to accept the offer. It is believed that this new offer consists of an […]

JZ’s Cabinet Rule of Thumb

  President Jacob Zuma’s finest agricultural quality appears to be the cultivation of the semiliterate goatherd-cum-good image – all the way to a second term in the Union Buildings. It is a construct that is as appealing to the rural marginalised as it is open to the ridicule of the chattering classes and mainstream media […]