Keyword: corruption

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward: Is It Time To Make Provinces History?

Picture credit: www.SACarRental.co.za Dale T. McKinley - If there is one thing that history has regularly taught us, whether at the individual or collective level, it is that what might seem like a good idea at the time often ends up becoming something very different when put into practice. With the benefit of seventeen years of democratic hindsight, nowhere is this lesson more applicable than in respect of South Africa’s provincial tier of government. During those heady days of constitutional negotiations in the early 1990s, despite the...

Corporations can be Deadly to Your Well-being and Health

Picture credit: backseatstreet Saliem Fakir - The Aurora debacle – the mining company taken possession of by President Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse Zuma - has earned the ire of workers and the public as a whole. It is of great relief to workers that Aurora has finally been liquidated and the liquidator himself fired. How a company, for so long, could wrought such extensive damage to people’s lives and health as well as do so much damage to the environment bears testimony to the impunity companies are able to act with. It...

The Inside/Outside Strategy of COSATU: It May Just Save Us All

Picture credit: GCIS Saliem Fakir - There may be some scepticism about COSATU’s noise on corruption and its criticism of the ANC. Some may be thinking that COSATU’s strategy is to create the façade of a critical alliance partner. It was all done to play to the public gallery and soften the blow of those outside of the tri-partite alliance through a process of civic engagement, as the ANC has lost its foothold in civil society. The extent to which COSATU has to continue playing the “insider” role...

A Better Life for the Few: The Ministerial Handbook Uncovered

Picture credit: SACSIS adapted from Lildue Dale T. McKinley - Most of us can surely well remember those times during childhood when we were caught eating something that we knew we shouldn’t and our immediate defence was to claim that mom or dad said we could. Well, that about sums up the contemporary behaviour of many of our highest political office bearers, only in their case it’s not the sweets meant for the guests but public monies and it’s not parents who are the rationalising crutch but the ministerial handbook. Yes, the little...

The Shiceka Syndrome and the Corrupting Power of the Status Trap

Saliem Fakir - Political misdemeanours don’t come with a light touch but are systemic problems engulfing the entire governance of state and electoral politics. The indulgence sees no end and whether it will end depends on whether the ANC values its party and the people who support it. What it confesses in public, as a set of beliefs and morals, live far apart from the reality of its practice. It is clear that just being a struggle hero alone is insufficient a credential for the self-policing of...

The Age of Polipreneurship

Picture credit: www.copperstrings.com Dale T. McKinley - I am not sure whether the word ‘polipreneurship’ has ever been part of our political lexicon but I do know that what it represents has been with us for some time now, not just in South Africa, but globally. At its most basic level, polipreneurship can be defined as ‘politics as business’. While there were no doubt some political figures in the pre-capitalist era that could be more broadly classified as polipreneurs (the practitioners), it was the arrival and...