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.
TO MANY thinkers on the left, the neo-liberal capitalist framework we exist in is not a benign system of co-operation, but rather one that is underpinned by violence and warfare. In fact, violence is its most pertinent feature, leading to its equivocation with barbarism.
ONE of President Jacob Zuma’s lasting legacies as leader of the ANC and South Africa will be the break-up of Cosatu, one of the developing world’s most powerful trade union groupings, which even the apartheid government could not break.
THE decision of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) to cut ties with the ANC has tended to focus on the possibility of a new political party or whether all this means Zwelenzima Vavi will get his job back as Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary.
FORMER president Thabo Mbeki used a University of South Africa lecture last week to revisit one of his favourite themes: the rise of the “demon of tribalism” under his successor, President Jacob Zuma.
HOW the ANC performs in the 2014 national elections will determine President Jacob Zuma’s exit as the party’s and country’s leader.
IN AN interview following the passing of Nelson Mandela, former president Thabo Mbeki posed the question that, “surely it must be possible for another generation to rise again in a liberated South Africa and propel the country forward?”
LAST year started with jitters for the ANC Youth League, and this year is unlikely to be different with the threat of financial liquidation still looming over the league.