‘IT’S LIKELY RUSSIA WILL INTERFERE IN ANC ELECTIVE CONFERENCE’

A political scenario planner says Russia’s determination to sell a trillion-rand nuclear power plant to South Africa gives it a considerable stake in the ANC leadership contest. Political scenario planner Jakkie Cilliers says it’s likely Russia will interfere in the African National Congress (ANC) elective conference when it chooses a successor to President Jacob Zuma […]
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Lessons for Jacob Zuma in Robert Mugabe’s misfortunes

President Robert Mugabe’s endgame in Zimbabwe holds various lessons for his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, as the latter too, considers his prospects towards the end of his presidency. The first, obviously, is that while, from the pinnacle of power, a country’s president may feel the monarch of all he can survey, it is always […]
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State capture fiasco shows why collaboration is key to tackling global crime networks

Lord Peter Hain tabled a series of allegations in the UK’s House of Lords relating to the possible role of British banks in alleged money laundering and illicit financial transactions centred around President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family. The Conversation Africa’s Charles Leonard asked him to explain why he took the step. Hain, who […]
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Banks go on the offensive to parry political attacks

South Africa’s banks have gone on the offensive after being criticised by some politicians over their lending practices and records in addressing racial inequality. Attacks on the lenders have been led by Jacob Zuma, who’s accused them of monopolising the financial services industry, and questioned whether they colluded when closing accounts belonging to members of […]
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What is the key to why Zuma prevails, it’s what happens within the ANC and not in Parliament.

What matters inside the African National Congress, the party that governs South Africa, is not necessarily what matters outside it. This obvious point is missed by much of the commentary on the latest unsuccessful motion of no confidence in Jacob Zuma – and in much discussion of South African politics. One result of ignoring this […]
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Corruption: How The ANC, supported by the World, shapes up against The NP with sanctions

Whilst it is hardly a fair comparison, given that ANC had the whole world, the mass media and all its money behind them, and NP had all the world and its money and mass media against them, Ed Herbst, using his 49 years of covering the South African story, makes some telling comparisons and observations on […]
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