#ANC54 Latest 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 Latest 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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ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

Cyril is just like NDZ, a product of the ANC hegemonic establishment

It was a crucial stress test for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday when he appeared in Parliament for a question and answer session with MPs.  Analysts would have expected the Deputy President to have been more courageous and critical against the government after an array of scandals have plagued the news cycle.  Most importantly, it is an election year for the ANC, and Ramaphosa has the only option of branding himself as the outsider of the Zuma network. Many within and outside the ANC have placed their bets on…

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JD's Notebook South Africa 

JD’s Notebook: Remember Marikana

Five years have passed since that darkly fatal day that retreated South Africa back to the cruel years of the Apartheid regime. But today was a moment of reflection and remembrance.  Since the death of those 34 miners, South Africa has received a whitewashed Marikana Commission that easily exonerated the executive of any guilt.  For those miners and their families, justice has still not been delivered. But while our government leadership has failed those miners, their families and all South Africans, for those of us that remain, there is still…

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South Africa 

Zuma could still go but only at the ANC’s discretion 

A highly spectated motion of no confidence in President Zuma on Tuesday ended in a razor thin result. While there were only 177 MPs that voted in favour and 198 against, it is estimated that at least 30 ANC MPs had sided with the opposition and voted for the motion through the unprecedented secret ballot method. While analysts have already crunched the numbers and speculated the possible outcomes, taking into consideration such elements as the PAC’s pledge that they would not support the motion and the number of absent MPs…

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South Africa 

A secret ballot is not enough – Tuesday’s motion of no confidence could still fail

On Monday afternoon National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete announced in a press conference that she will allow a secret ballot to be used during Tuesday’s planned motion of no confidence against Jacob Zuma in the legislative body’s lower house.  The decision by the Speaker comes weeks after the country’s highest court ruled that Mbete has the constitutional power to grant a secret ballot. However with much suspense and suspicion, the Speaker took as much time as possible in order to arrive at a final decision. Delivering a carefully articulate and…

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Contributors South Africa 

Are we missing the true significance of Title Deeds?

Working for a Political Party means that you are often at the forefront of social change. You have to create a narrative, whether it be your own or a counter-narrative against your opposition. The truth, however, is always found somewhere between the two opposing sides in an ideological no-mans land. The Democratic Alliance as an opposition party has made huge strides to finally position itself as a genuine contender to rule. It has won key metros in the 2016 Municipal Elections and now is beginning to look and feel like…

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