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26 September 2016 20:59 (South Africa)

Risk Factor: Democracy turns on Zumocracy

  • Ranjeni Munusamy
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    Ranjeni Munusamy

    Ranjeni Munusamy is a survivor of the Salem witch trials and has the scars to show it. She has a substantial collection of tattered t-shirts from having “been there and done it” – from government, the Zuma trials, spin-doctoring and upsetting the applecart in South African newsrooms. Following a rather unexciting exorcism ceremony, she traded her femme-fatale gear for a Macbook and a packet of Liquorice Allsorts. Her graduation Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks means she knows a thing or two about telling the South African story.

Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma speaks during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) after their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Krasnodar region, Russia, 16 May 2013. EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV / POOL
Photo:A marquee advertises the opportunity to watch the upcoming US presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, at the American City Diner in Washington, DC, USA, 21 September 2016. The first of three presidential debates takes place on 26 September at New York’s Hofstra University. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

US 2016: Gloves On, Gloves Off for The Debate of the Century

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: People queue at a voting station during South Africa's local government elections in Umlazi, Durban, South Africa, August 3, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Analysis: ANC’s attack on Electoral Commission is an attack on SA democracy

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng speaks at the Mduduzi ‘Mandoza’ Tshabalala funeral at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto. Friday 23 September 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

TRAINSPOTTER: Ordinary Hlaudi – on breaking Mandoza’s funeral, and South Africa along with it

By Richard Poplak
Photo: President Jacob Zuma congratulates the new Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane. 23 september 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

Zupta Contagion: Hard questions ANC must ask, but can’t

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Main photo: A PhD student holds a placard at Thursday’s protest outside Parliament. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Students and academics picket at Parliament

By GroundUp
Photo: Young boys play in a rubbish dump in a township outside Johannesburg, January 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Between The Lines – Colin Bundy: There is a way to fight Poverty

By John Matisonn
Photo: Students from Wits University run as police fire a stun grenade during the 3rd day of #feemustfall demonstration, against fee increases at universities across the country were announced, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 September 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Mantashe: I would close down varsities to teach students a lesson

By News24
Photo: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe (Greg Nicolson)

Mantashe: ANC needs to talk about state capture

By News24
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma attends a lunch for world leaders during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 20 September 2016. EPA/PETER FOLEY / POOL

ANC and the looming 2019 Shadow: How to get the Elephant out of the Room?

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko (GCIS) and Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza (eNCA)

Own Goal: Minister of Police flouted the law, rendering Hawks head a lame duck

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: SARS commisioner Tom Moyane, (GCIS) and now suspended SARS Chief Officer of Business and Individual Tax, Jonas Makwakwa (SARS photo)

Analysis: SARS Makwakwa probe – are we heading for another costly, discredited investigation?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Jacob Zuma is seen during a meeting with members of the SA Editors’ Forum at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Friday, 20 February 2015. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Zuma’s legal missteps and malfunctions: The law of unintended consequences strikes again

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: South Africa President Jacob Zuma during a welcoming ceremony at the National Invalides hotel in Paris, France, 11 July 2016. EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

The Great Unravelling: Zuma’s security empire crumbles as political and legal woes mount

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: US President Donald J Trump takes the oath of office from US Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts as First Lady Melania Trump Bush holds the Bible during his Inauguration for his first term on the steps of the US Capitol Building  in Washington, DC Friday 20 January 2017. (Time Machine photos)

Report: Trump’s Ascent – Friday January 20, 2017

By J Brooks Spector
Photo of President Jacob Zuma by Greg Nicolson.

Terrible Thursday for Jiba, Mrwebi & Makwakwa: Who will be next to fall in Zuma’s Praetorian guard?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: A view of a new electronic billboard supporting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, which depicts him as ‘Super Trump’, in Times Square in New York, New York, US, 14 September 2016. The ad was purchased by the Committee to Restore America’s Greatness and is being displayed until 16 September. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US2016: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and modern medicine

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane

Incoming Public Protector: Busisiwe Mkhwebane gets strong party support

By News24
Photo: Electoral Commission CEO Pansy Tlakula speaks at a news conference at the Results Operations Centre in Pretoria, Monday, 16 May 2011 on the IEC’s readiness for the local government elections. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Former IEC head Pansy Tlakula gets nod for information regulator top post

By News24

GDP figures: ANC looking at wrong signals and missing the point

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Mosebenzi Zwane (GCIS), Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson)

Cabinet Yin Yang: Zwane digs his Gupta hole deeper while Gordhan ‘free, uncaptured’

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Edna Molewa (World Economic Forum)

Letter to the Editor: Raymond Suttner’s newfound moral conscience

By Daily Maverick
Photo by Greg Nicolson/Daily Maverick

Letter to the Editor: Is the ruling party alienating the middle class?

By Daily Maverick

Op-Ed: The politics of the money economy – the power and limits of the Central Bank

By Saliem Fakir
Photo: Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson)

Lawfare: Priority Crimes Litigation Unit refuses to give undertaking regarding Gordhan arrest

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: The ANC’s security head pushes someone who argued that the secretary-general should not be receiving the memorandum. Mantashe’s emergence from Luthuli House saw ANC security officials acting roughly with the crowd and media, pushing their way through the chaos. (Greg Nicolson)

The ANC in 2016: Pushing. Shoving. Hurting.

By Stephen Grootes
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: DA’s local elections wins might be ANC’s future nightmare

By Raymond Suttner
Main photo: ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe accepted the memorandum from protesters, entering the crowd with a large security presence as Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association members pushed their way through the crowd. (Greg Nicolson)

#OccupyLuthuliHouse: Protesters dispersed as Zuma ‘defence force’ thugs defend ANC, abuse media

Photo: Atul Gupta and President Jacob Zuma and First Lady MaNtuli Zuma. President Jacob Zuma (Photo: Presidency of South Africa)

Gupta Mania: How inexplicable devotion turns ANC leaders into kamikaze pilots

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Patricia de Lille (DA)

Between the Lines: De Lille to take government to court

By John Matisonn