It is intriguing -- and difficult -- to predict which issues will seize the media’s imagination. It is often even more surprising to see which issues are neglected or ignored.
SA Today: The salutary story of Hangberg
Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance
23 March 2014
As I read the Public Protector’s report this week, I tried to calculate how many legal procedures had been flouted in the construction of Zuma’s Nkandla Estate.
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As several commentators have noted, any government with the track record of Jacob Zuma’s ANC should not stand a chance of re-election.
Note to Editors: This is an op ed by DA Leader and Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille that appeared in the Star Newspaper and Pretoria News on the 6th February 2014.
It is often said that the rear view mirror is clearer than the windscreen. It is easy to look back and say what could have been, what course of action we should have taken. It is much harder to press forward – particularly when the road ahead is obscured and littered with obstacles.
Note to Editors: This SA Today is drawn from an interview that appeared in the Sunday Times on the 26th January 2014 from Chris Barron.
Observant “DA watchers” have noticed a perceived contradiction in my recent comments on education. On the one hand, I called for an audit of the matric results. On the other hand, I expressed confidence that education in South Africa had “turned the corner” and is now on the road to steady improvement. How can these statements be reconciled?
Irony is woven into South Africa’s political fabric. But, even for someone as immune to it as I am, this week’s debate on affirmative action hosted by the Black Management Forum took irony to a new level.
The debate in the media over the past ten days has revealed the depth of confusion regarding the DA’s position on affirmative action. I take responsibility for this. The purpose of this newsletter is to make our position unambiguously clear.
One of the main reasons for the failure of so many countries’ attempts to navigate the transition from authoritarian rule to democracy is the phenomenon known as “state capture”.