Quote of the week

Over the last 150 days we have learned much about the power of the habitual in post-millennial, post-apartheid South Africa. We have heard it in the grumbling, cavilling, quarrelling and grousing about the logic (or lack of) of government decrees. We have also seen it in the defiance of logic among the many bourgeois folks who mistook their entitlement for rights, whether to go running, do yoga on the beach, surf, get takeaway coffees, or to purchase items subjected to restricted trade… We saw it in the contradictory messages relayed by official government channels, in the conflict between some experts advising government, between government officials and such experts, and in the ways in which opposition parties contradicted themselves as they opposed government proclamations.

Angelo Fick
Johannesburg Review of Books
26 August 2007

Maybe a Zuma Presidency wont be that bad…

Given the way the President has been behaving over the past few weeks I am seriously starting to wonder whether Jacob Zuma could be worse. At least we will have more fun with Mr. Zuma as President. Like this advert for the “Mshini Wam” ringtone. Not having dsiplayed much of a sense of humour since his elevation to the Presidency, adverts like this must drive President Mbeki nuts…

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