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Ba(ra)ck to the future: Why Obama will outlast Jacob Zuma

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    Sipho Hlongwane is a writer and columnist for Daily Maverick. His other work interests also include motoring, music and technology, for which he has some awards. In a previous life, he drove forklift trucks, hosted radio shows, waited tables, and was once bitten by a large monitor lizard on his ankle. It hurt a lot. Arsenal Football Club is his only permanent obsession.

    He appears in these pages as a political correspondent.

A German Air Force (Luftwaffe) Airbus A400M military transport plane taxis along the runway at the 2016 International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA), in Schoenefeld, Germany, 31 May 2016. Some 1,200 exhibitors from 40 countries are expected at the fairgrounds of the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport located on the southern airstrip of the future BER airport. The Berlin Air Show will open its gates from 01 to 04 June 2016. The conferences within this year's ILA 2016 will be focussed on 'technological Innovation'and 'Sustainability'. EPA/WOLFGANG KUMM

While you were sleeping: 1 June 2016

Photo: ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe holds a news conference in Johannesburg on Monday, 22 July 2013 following the weekend's lekgotla. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

ANC’s state capture probe stalls as party looks towards elections

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President Jacob Zuma at the ANC press conference, Friday 27 May 2016 (Greg Nicolson)

Captura Continua: Guptas triumph as ANC shuts down state capture probe

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Executive Director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, speaks at a press conference regarding the health of her father in Cape Town, South Africa, 16 July 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Church Crusaders: Fighting for gender justice from the inside

Photo by Greg Nicolson, 12 February 2015, State of the Nation Address, Cape Town.

The politics of the lists, or, Why the parliamentary ship is listing

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi. (GCIS)

Muthambi, encrypted: SCA hands massive victory to in digital migration battle

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: A frame-grab from International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Al Jazeera interview.

Al-Maite Fail: When the hole in your head just won’t quit

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Hector Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo. His sister, Antoinette Sithole, runs beside them. (Sam Nzima)

The Soweto Uprising: Share your experiences, pictures and perspectives

By The Guardian
Photo: Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson delivers her speech during the State of the Nation Address speech debate in the National assembly in Parliament, Cape Town, 16-18 February 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Crude shenanigans: Was the sale of strategic fuel reserve a fire-pool of a transaction?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng, chief operating officer of the SABC, holds the corporation’s first quarterly media briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 28 January 2015.  Picture: SAPA stringer

Cosatu: SABC protest policy assumes we’re imbeciles

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A young girl cries outside her family shack after a violent service delivery riot near Soweto, Johannesburg,  South Africa, 11 September 2013. Dozens of people were arrested outside Johannesburg as a protest against the government's provision of services turned violent. Millions of poor South Africans are still living in shacks without running water and lights decades after the end of Apartheid.  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Is it time to rethink local government?

By Marianne Merten
Photo: President Jacob Zuma is seen during a visit to the Kwanyamazane township  with the ANC's 102nd birthday celebrations in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, Wednesday, 8 January 2014. Picture: SAPA stringer

Op-Ed: Singing Kumbaya to avoid a ratings downgrade? No, Mr President.

By Stephen Grootes
Main photo: Snake oil. (Jeremy Weate via Wikipedia)

GroundUp Op-Ed: Complementary medicine companies are destroying consumer protection

By GroundUp
French President Francois Hollande (R) holds an umbrella as he walks beside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the German military cemetery at Consenvoye, France, 29 May 2016, to commemorate victims of the First World War on the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Verdun. The Battle of Verdun in World War I between German and French troops lasted over 300 days and saw the deaths of more than 300,000 soldiers on both sides in 1916. The town in the northeast of France became the epitome of brutal trench warfare during the First World War. EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

While you were sleeping: 30 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo by Monash University.

Health-E News: More pragmatism needed to make National Health Insurance a reality

Photo: A cover of EFF I Trust hip-hop single

TRAINSPOTTER: The EFF raps, the SABC bans, Arnie pumps, and We’re supposed to stay sane somehow?

By Richard Poplak

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.40 – Evita and the Juju Trumpcard

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Main photo: Facing a row because of ties to the South African Gupta family, Denel resurfaced in India as an exhibitor at DefExpo 2016 after years of blacklisting. (Photo: StratPost – South Asian Defence and Strategic Affairs)

amaBhungane: How Denel was hijacked

Photo: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe addresses the media on the first day of the party's national list conference ahead of local government elections. (Greg Nicolson)

ANC finalising election nominees while dealing with 'desperate' hopefuls

By Greg Nicolson
Schönbrunn Palace is illuminated as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the annual 'Summer Night Concert' in Vienna, Austria, 26 May 2016. Every year, around 100,000 people attend the popular open-air concert with free admission to Schönbrunn Palace – a Unesco World Heritage Site – and its Baroque gardens. EPA/LISI NIESNER

While you were sleeping: 27 May 2016

By John Stupart
Protesters in Ennerdale on Thursday kept tires burning at the barricades all day as they protested over service delivery issues. Greg Nicolson).

Ennerdale protests: Trust lost is hard to regain

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: (in the Pic - Minister Blade Nzimande delivering his SoNA speech Debate in parliament). The joint sitting of PArliament to debate President Jacob Zuma's State of the nation address held at the National Assembly, Parliament. 18/02/2015, Siyasanga Mbambani, DoC

Bad Blood: SACP waves red flag on Zuma-Gupta foul play

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete (R) listens during a debate in parliament Cape Town, South Africa, 05 April 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Parliamentary Diary: Cabinet keeps its concerns to itself

By Marianne Merten
Photo: A man walks in front of burning tires during on going clashes with police forces in Bekkersdal near Johannesburg, South Africa, 24 October 2013. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Operation Rescue SA: Possible, doable, feasible?

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Uber drivers wait at Airport Industria for their next ride. (Photo: Kimon de Greef)

GroundUp: Uber and Out in Cape Town

By GroundUp
Photo: South African motorists wait in line at a petrol station on the eve of a 41 cents per litre price hike for petrol in Cape Town, South Africa, 01 March 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

DA calls for criminal inquiry after R5 billion sale of SA's strategic fuel reserves

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Children play in Happy Valley, Cape Town, South Africa, 05 May 2016. Happy Valley in the greater Blue Downs area is one of the poorest communities on the Cape Flats an area dubbed the apartheid dumping ground. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Status report on SA youth: The good, the bad and the ugly

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: A South African woman and resident of Masiphumelele walks with her child after a fire devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, 29 November 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

GroundUp: Bathabile Dlamini wins children's grants battle with Lion of Africa

By GroundUp
Photo: Beach goers walk in front of the Koeberg power facility in Cape Town, South Africa 21 January 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Analysis: Awaiting ConCourt's decision on Eskom's R5bn nuclear contract