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There’s more to elections than attendance at manifesto launch rallies

There’s more to elections than attendance at manifesto launch rallies

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     13th May 2016 An old Prog – a former member of the liberal Progressive Party, one of the precursors of the Democratic Alliance (DA) – told me a story about the... 

Nkandla judgment a turning point for ANC

Nkandla judgment a turning point for ANC

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     15th April 2016 A few weeks ago, I argued in an article I wrote for another publication for a proper alignment between conviction and courage. Since then, people... 

Gordhan vs Zuma

Gordhan vs Zuma 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     11th March 2016 The course of history can, and may, be changed by a single event. In the case of President Jacob Zuma, that event may be the decision to fire... 

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ANC weighing pros and cons of long campaign for municipal elections

ANC weighing pros and cons of long campaign for municipal elections

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     12th February 2016 The African National congress (ANC) launches its local government election manifesto on April 16. Obviously, the elections will definitely not take... 

Municipal vote could be pointer to ANC’s electoral fortunes going forward

Municipal vote could be pointer to ANC’s electoral fortunes going forward 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     15th January 2016 This year is the year of the local government elections. This means that, between May and August, we will know whether shifts in voter sentiment,... 

2015 – the year that was

2015 – the year that was

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     11th December 2015 As people say, there is never a dull moment in South African politics. Indeed, in 2015 there were many moments in our politics that were definitely... 

South Africa the antithesis of a civilised society

South Africa the antithesis of a civilised society 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     13th November 2015 In the book Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason and the Gap Between Us And Them, author Joshua Greene makes some compelling arguments about some of the... 

Hysterical pessimism  not the solution to  South Africa’s problems

Hysterical pessimism not the solution to South Africa’s problems

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     11th September 2015 In the book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Joseph Schumpeter states: “Frank presentation of ominous facts was never more necessary than it is... 

South Africa in 2015

South Africa in 2015

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     16th January 2015 The 2015 political calendar looks very interesting indeed. This is the year of the National General Council (NGC) of the ruling African National... 

The DA – boon or bane for SA democracy?

The DA – boon or bane for SA democracy? 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     14th November 2014 Is the Democratic Alliance (DA) a blessing or a curse to our democracy? Five years ago, the DA went to court to challenge the decision of the... 

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