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Final Thoughts: Takeaways from the UK election

Labour’s identity crisis Suffering their worst defeat since 1935, losing a total of 60 seats, and receiving their fourth successive loss in a general election, the party of Jeremy Corbyn is in need of profound deep reflection. To truly ascertain the damage inflicted on Labour’s electoral performance, it simply cannot be concluded that there was only a single element that lead to the party’s downfall. Running on the high of their 2017 electoral increase, Labour propelled themselves on the electorate, aiming to speak to every sector of UK voters. Reports…

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International 

4 reasons why Oprah would be a great Democratic Party nominee for President

Two sources close to the queen of talk show, Oprah Winfrey confirmed that the television personality was ‘actively considering’ a run for the US Presidency in 2020, CNN reported on Monday. Many individuals close to Oprah have been urging her to run and the conversation about her possible bid for the Presidency has been active for several months. While many social media users have expressed optimism at the possibility of a Winfrey candidacy, analysts have pointed out that Americans might be sceptical in electing a TV star twice in a…

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#ANC54 South Africa 

6 tasks for the newly elected ANC president

With teary eyes and a beaming expression after learning he was the new ANC president, Cyril Ramaphosa and his supporters sighed relief knowing their victory had probably saved the party they so dearly loved from a continuation of the Zuma dynasty that had brought the ANC into such disrepute over the past ten years. But while it was a time worth celebration and unity, no one could erase the thoughts at the back of their mind of the daunting tasks that lay ahead for the new President. Ramaphosa, who campaigned…

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#ANC54 South Africa 

Zuma’s final hustle to protect the family dynasty

In an unexpected announcement that preceded the ruling party’s highly contested national conference, President Zuma informed the nation that government will subsidise free education for poor and working class students – a stark contradiction of the recommendations by the Heher Commission. Besides the timeous nature of the announcement, several delegates from Kwa-Zulu Natal, Free State and North-West were ruled as invalid following a series of court rulings on Friday. Not only did this prove to be another frustrating headache for the party leadership, it nevertheless, without doubt, enticed panic in…

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South Africa 

Cabinet reshuffle – a brutal swipe at dissidents, reward for loyalists

It’s really obvious that this cabinet reshuffle was a front to rid Blade Nzimande from Cabinet.  Who were the most critically vocal about Zuma within the tripartite alliance in recent months? the SACP. This is the one thing that the Zuma cabal are always guaranteed to do – anyone in close proximity the President – whether they are in cabinet, the ANC NEC or Parliament, who betray the tacit agreement of no public criticism towards the President – will be either be downgraded with redeployment or axed.  Not only is this a…

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ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

Zuma strikes back: Mrs Dlamini-Zuma goes to Parliament

Never has the common expression “desperate times call for desperate measures” ever been more applicable to contemporary South African politics until this week, when ANC presidential hopeful and former African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was sworn in as an Member of Parliament. The postulated desperate move for the NDZ camp has only confirmed the public sentiment of how far Zuma is willing to go to ensure his ex-wife succeeds him.  What South Africans have witnessed once again is the political patronage of Jacob Zuma in action. The President has never…

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ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

5 reasons why the Ramaphosa extramarital campaign backfired

A week after the Sunday weekly national papers covered the story of Cyril Ramaphosa’s alleged extramarital affairs, the story political enemies of the Deputy President hoped would damper his chances at succeeding Zuma as ANC president, has seem to failed. The story which originated from leaked emails of the Deputy President’s private Google accounts claimed Ramaphosa has had multiple relationships.  The ANC Presidential hopeful denied such claims and only acknowledged an affair with a Limpopo doctor eight years ago – five years before he became Deputy President. Here are five…

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