Taking President Jacob Zuma seriously

 by Jovial Rantao WHY are we surprised when some section of the British nation, as demonstrated by some of their newspapers, don’t take President Jacob Zuma seriously? Why are we shocked and even angered when Fleet Street has found our head of state to be less than deserving of respect? Why are we taken aback […]

South Africa: Which side will have the final word?

THE unseemly exchanges between the opposition and African National Congress in the National Assembly last week, which culminated in the “F**k you” statement, have raised a number of issues.  Not the least of them is what constitutes robust debate. Perhaps more importantly, though, the exchanges question the impartiality of presiding officers and the erosion of […]

ANC ‘must address conflicts of interest issue’

IT WAS time for the African National Congress (ANC) to draw a line in the sand and bring an end to the involvement of office bearers in state tender processes once and for all, said Judith February, head of the parliamentary information and monitoring service of the Institute for Democracy in SA (Idasa). February was […]


South Africans might be hoping that the three-day cabinet lekgotla which wrapped up yesterday gives rise to a fresh commitment to addressing the many challenges facing the country. These range from what is now an obvious crisis in education to the failure of service delivery, with quite a lot in between. President Jacob Zuma’s well-intentioned […]