Is Mohamed Aboutrika, Egypt’s greatest footballer, a criminal or a persecuted dissident? The answer to that question reveals more about the politics of the person responding than about the Egyptian great.
Durban mayor Zandile Gumede and her cronies present accumulating private wealth from the public purse as “radical economic transformation”. But corruption charges against the mayor could bring positive change for shack dwellers, street traders and flat dwellers – those most opposed to her.
It’s no longer possible to deny the toxic racism behind Helen Zille’s ever-deepening denial of racial injustice in contemporary South Africa. It first started to show itself in her notorious defence of colonialism, but this week’s sneering tweet on “black privilege” completed the picture.
The first division side wrote their name in history by becoming the first club from the lower ranks to win the country’s premier knockout competition. That they did it against Kaizer Chiefs, the cup kings, makes their story all the more remarkable.
President Ramaphosa has promised a ‘new dawn’ with an emphasis on improving the quality of public services to achieve transformation. But there will be pushback from within his own party, and particularly at the local government level, already mired in a systemic crisis.
Now that the votes have been counted, the poisonous idea that money and property are more important than people must be countered by popular democratic organisation – the most effective way to rein in liberal hubris.