The proceedings around Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address (#SONA2015) is more telling about South Africa than the content of his speech. The 2 leading opposition parties were not present with the EFF being ejected from the chamber and the DA leaving in protest.
After much public protest and many court trials by OUTA and opposition parties, the ANC finally launched the controversial e-toll system in Gauteng. Wonkie provides a (tongue-in-cheek) positive spin on the e-tolling system and wonders whether South Africans will simply bend over and accept the system going forward.
After 2 weeks of U.S. government shutdown, the Republicans are clearly showing how important powerful opposition can be. They are also showing how narrow-minded American thinking can sometimes be, considering the obvious effects that not raising the US debt ceiling will have on the world economy. Still, government shutdowns are not always a bad thing!
Mamphela Ramphele, leader of the new political party Agang, took a risk in more ways than one by declaring her net worth to be R55 Million. Trust issues from major discrepancies in the figure with those published by Forbes, estrangement from the poor masses, and no equivalent response from Jacob Zuma are possible outcomes.
Controversy surrounding Zuma’s Nkandla residence is growing as more and more contradictory information comes to light. Who is lying and who is not? How much tax payer money has actually been used for the Nkandla upgrade? Does anyone care?
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