12 July 2018

South Africa: Discussing Politics With Gauteng Premier David Makhura


One of the small joys of the political reporting beat in South Africa is to watch people move through the ranks, and how they so often have the same relationship with you once they attain high office. Not everyone is like this of course, but some are so democratically minded they don't look down upon you when they reach high office. David Makhura, the Premier of Gauteng, is one such person.

David Makhura enjoys infinitely more a discussion about high policy rather than low politics, and is not afraid to go on the record on anything. He greets you with a warm handshake and a question or two about recent career moves of my own, and then the shoulder hug so prevalent in our politics today.

I first came to know Makhura while he was the Provincial Secretary of the ANC in Gauteng, when he was "David". I get the sense he prefers that title to the one I call him now, "Mr Premier". Once, at a Walk the...

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