Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

My brother has recently posted a piece on what is happening in the Congo that anyone who considers themselves a person of principle should read. There are some things in the world that are more important that respecting the sovereignty of a nation or the ego and whims of a ‘general’ (Nkunda in this case).   Read More …

Categories: Politics

With all of the fuss and bother over the resignation of Thabo Mbeki, I am starting to hear those conversations again. The ones that involve packing your bags, or procuring arms – depending on the militancy of your position and your access to overseas flight tickets. It is part of what makes a crisis so   Read More …

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There is an irony, although it is a sad one, that I should have found myself on Robben Island the day that the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) convened to decide the future of Thabo Mbeki. It was a poignant contrast to visit a place where unity had prevailed through so many hardships and attempts   Read More …

Categories: Politics, Reflections

I was lucky enough to have a conversation the other day that doesn’t get had much or very loudly in South Africa. More so for a white adult male like me. Yes, it is that conversation. There were a thousand threads to the actual dialogue as it happened, which would be difficult to coherently re-tell   Read More …

Categories: Politics, Reflections

I came across an interesting quote from someone the other day (apologies that I cannot remember the reference), which reads something like “We don’t so much see the world as it is, as we see the world as we are”. Underneath the sugar-coated simplicity of the statement, lies a more fundamental truth which, in my   Read More …

Categories: Politics

I, like many of my South African brethren, and the more optimistic Zimbabweans, believed for a time after the MDC boycotted the second round elections that there was a possibility of a negotiated settlement to the chaos north of the border. Unfortunately, many weeks on, the MDC and the ruling (in the most repressive sense)   Read More …

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Those newsphiles who follow what is happening in our continent will know that the MDC has withdrawn from the Friday  Zimbabwe elections. It was no doubt a tough decision, as victory is now assuredly handed to Robert Mugabe and his bloodthirsty militias – with no clear indication that negotiations to find a power sharing agreement   Read More …

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With the xenophobic violence now having largely subsided, leaving government in competence at dealing with the problem as the only major outstanding scandal (and it is not really that scandalous, given the background noise of ineptitude against which it is cast), I have only one last set of thoughts on the matter to share.

Categories: Politics

It has been a busy week, to say the least. With so many South Africans insisting on carrying on the hard work of mindlessly killing their neighbours in the most despicable fashion possible, some of us have been doing our little bit to try and mitigate the worst effects of the human devastation and each,   Read More …

Categories: Politics, Reflections

Unless you live in a cardboard box – and far too many people do now, if they are even alive at all – you will have noticed in the news that Johannesburg, and increasingly the various metros, are now alive with the worst sort of murderous rage and frustration. This set of photos, taken by   Read More …

Categories: Politics, Reflections

I was reading Lelo’ s facebook note about the Jackie Selebi issue this morning, and my response to Lelo’s original post was longer than allowed by a fair margin, but I feel strongly that it needs to be said, so I will post it all here. Lelo’s original post – for those who have avoided   Read More …

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