Moe Shaik fancies himself as an analyst who can read people well. And yet, he has a rather large blind spot for his leaders – until they fall out with him.
South Africa suffers capability deficiencies and institutional stasis due to poor political management.
Ramaphosa’s detractors are unlikely to succeed in their rumoured bid. And, their failure will not be because they’ve suddenly become weak within the administration.
The year ahead promises to be a very difficult but also a very decisive year for South Africa. Is President Ramaphosa equal to the challenge?
This book is a booster to morale. It tells South Africans they can enjoy the impressive economic growth they once achieved.
South Africans seem to be fascinated with the way in which spying is entwined in the country’s politics.
By positioning himself as a loveable granddad to supporters and the punchline of a joke to his opposition, Zuma adroitly defangs the very serious charges against him.
The dilemma for Zuma and his legal team is this: by putting him on the witness stand, there is a risk that he would be found wanting, especially in terms of the detail of any matter.
Trump and Zuma seek to sell explanations of their misfortunes to the socially insecure and economically vulnerable. To an alarming extent they succeed.
South Africans may well be seduced by the prospect of Zuma appearing at the Zondo commission, but he was not alone in driving the state capture project.
Much deeper social forces underlie the struggles within the governing ANC and society over the shape of the economy.
Corruption has, over the past decade and a half, become one of South Africans' biggest concerns.
Corruption in South Africa became increasingly organised under former President Jacob Zuma.
Countries that regulate political party funding do so to preserve their sovereignty and integrity of domestic politics.
The state capture inquiry is a remarkable political as well as legal event.
South Africa needs a policy that drives growth and positions if for the 21st Century.
Unrealistic expectations about what commissions can achieve comes from the fact that they're often confused with courts of law.
The ANC has lost so much support among its traditional voters it's now forced to look beyond them to retain power.
Justice Zondo needs to get under the skin of the politics of state capture in South Africa, to get on record what happened, and why.