November 14, 2018

The DA and EFF gained a lot from the disaster that was Zuma. Both made impressive gains at the polls in recent years with the result that electoral politics, and Parliament, have been reinvigorated as sites of public contention, writes Imraan Buccus.

CR's strategy is to pull diverse actors into robust delivery processes, amid political trade-offs and consensus. It may be new to SA politics, but it's what he has been doing all his life and what sets him apart as a politician, says Richard Calland.

South Africa is setting off now down its own yellow brick road and it's going to take lots of brains and heart and courage. Not everyone was brought up on stories like the Wizard of Oz, but we all know a tale about a long journey home.

I find myself more than a little pissed off to learn that the State of the Nation Address (SONA) turns out not to be the official opening of Parliament after all. If SONA is where the President reveals and shares his vision and plans for the new year, are we now being told that Parliament can carry on without this guiding vision?

Parliament’s state capture inquiry resumed on the first day of the 2018 session, but it all seemed rather pointless. Even though an official Commission of Inquiry has been appointed at last, events seem to have overtaken the investigation and Ramaphosa's ANC appears ready for action.

Some thirteen years after that first punch was thrown in the battle for party funding legislation, a new Political Party Funding Bill has been tabled in the National Assembly.

Not one journalist left the breakfast with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa held in Parliament last week with a long face or a complaint, which is unusual for the press.

While there seems to be a revival of public interest in the fortunes of ANC politics, I am not sure that it goes beyond the race between individual presidential hopefuls.

Twenty-four hours after Energy Minister Mahlobo stood his ground saying that nuclear energy was inevitable, Finance Minister Gigaba seems to have changed his mind on whether we can afford it.

There is no sign yet of much progress on legislation to protect girls from being trapped in forced marriages.

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