Category: Politics

In a different class

I am one of those people who believe that true knowledge comes from observation and not (only) from thinking. Once I had a curious experience in a lift at work and which involved colleagues of mine. On this particular day, I took the lift down…

The Khashoggi Tapes

How odd! Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sends an audio recording of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to the governments of all Turkey’s major NATO allies, and the only one that gets it is Canada. What happened…

Celebrating Indian Indenture

After 1994 the divisions in S.A necessitated national reconciliation. It exposed the deep divisions and conflicts between and within the different groups and the incomprehensible contradictions in our society. On Madiba’s return from Robben Island, there was strife, killings and mayhem alongside celebrations for democracy,…

The Parliament of South Africa

Although our Constitution of 1996 makes a fundamental break with the concept and practice of parliamentary sovereignty, which is one of the definitive characteristics of the Westminster paradigm, the historic term ‘Parliament’ has been retained as the official designation of the legislature of South Africa….

The people shall govern

October is usually the month in which we more commonly celebrate the life of the former president of the ANC, Comrade Oliver Tambo. However, this past October served as a special month in the calendar of the ANC and our nation’s democracy for another reason….

Brazil: A lesson for SA

The backslide of Brazil’s Workers Party, once one of the most admired left-of centre parties in the developing world, into corruption, mismanagement and cronyism, have unleashed a backlash which lifted far right populist leader Jair Bolsonaro into the country’s presidency. Bolsonaro’s election is a warning…