8 March 2018

South Africa: Candles in the Wind - the Presidency As the Art of the Possible


When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his new Cabinet just 10 short days ago, there was much gnashing of teeth over some of the people he retained. There were important questions asked about the morality of keeping people like Nomvula Mokonyane and Bathabile Dlamini as ministers, considering their history of serving enthusiastically under former president Jacob Zuma. At the time, it appeared that Ramaphosa had decided to follow a strategy of allowing some people to remain in office, while predicting that their own actions, both previous and present, would end up with them becoming so weak that he could just remove them at will. There are now signs that his strategy might have been good. By STEPHEN GROOTES.

Malusi Gigaba. The name. What does it evoke in you? Fear. Or laughter? Former DA leader Tony Leon probably summed it up best on Wednesday when he tweeted that the Minister of Home Affairs had gone from a figure of national danger to a laughing stock in just two short weeks. It was a salutary reminder of how quickly things can change in politics. Because Gigaba, in case you've forgotten, was the person who formally introduced the increase in VAT. He is now...

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