THE Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has vowed to remove the embattled Congress of the People (COPE) as the province’s official opposition party after the May 7 general elections.
COMETH an election, cometh a new political party that will deliver the realignment of opposition politics, which, in turn, will realign the balance in our electoral politics by becoming an effective challenge to the dominance of the ANC.
THE story of Cosatu — or rather the news story of Cosatu — has become a string of unresolved meetings and media briefings that in the end have little effect but to delay a final reckoning.
IN HIS classic, The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon laments, “National consciousness … will be in any case only an empty shell, a crude and fragile travesty of what might have been.”
VISUALS are invaluable in politics. They create “reality”. People form perceptions based on what they know. Control of information – including what they see and hear in the media – is key to shaping popular perceptions.
THE declaration by former deputy state president FW de Klerk that he and others like him “did not sign on for the National Democratic Revolution” is not in the least surprising.
DISGRUNTLED sections of the traditional leadership have lashed out at President Jacob Zuma’s administration for throwing the Traditional Courts Bill (TCB) out of parliament.
THE scale of protest currently under way in large parts of South Africa is comparable to the period of ungovernability under apartheid.