Tag Archives: Thuli Madonsela

#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 […]

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 […]

‘A Party of Crooks and Thieves’

  In the build-up to the 2011 elections in Russia, the opposition rallied around a powerful slogan coined by public corruption fighter and opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The phrase rebranded United Russia, the political party of President Vladimir Putin, from “the party of real deeds” to “the party of crooks and thieves”. As Ben Judah points out […]

Nkandla & Numsa’s ‘Golden Toilet Moment’

Niren Tolsi & Lloyd Gedye   On March 19, the final gossamer shreds left covering South African President Jacob Zuma’s ethical nudity were exposed as thin air by the country’s Public Protector, Advocate Thuli  Madonsela. She released ‘Secure in Comfort’, the report of her findings from the investigation into upgrades of more than R240 million […]