Sentletse Diakanyo

Barack Obama: Africa has unreasonable expectations of the man

Barack Obama’s presidency of the United States ushers a new beginning for America; a new beginning for cordial relations with other nations. His is to dispense hope to millions of Americans whose confidence has been abruptly shattered and altered into despair; whose hopes for the American dream came crushing with pitiless haste, subjecting them to…

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Is the African National Congress truly committed to democracy?

South Africa has since 1994 been the paragon of democracy in Africa. We have remained the benchmark upon which many of our peers have been measured against. While South Africa remains the paragon of virtues of democracy in Africa, the ruling party that has been the architect of the emancipation of the oppressed and the…

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Deciphering the encrypted Mbeki “love” letter to Zuma

Thabo Mbeki has come out of temporary political obscurity with guns blazing! The letter he wrote to Jacob Zuma about the state of the party and chronic verbal diarrhoeas of its leadership is a further damaging indictment on the integrity of Zuma. Mbeki, in the best way he knows how, penetrated the defenceless soul of…

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The pathetic politics of desperation and paranoia

The US presidential hopeful and senator from Arizona, John McCain, is a celebrated Vietnam war veteran and an experienced politician. His credentials under normal political and economic circumstances would favour him for occupation of the Oval Office at the White House, but the circumstances do not favour him nor is his presidential campaign doing much…

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Of distortions of the truth by Zuma before the US Council on Foreign Relations

When Jacob Zuma and his sidekicks departed for the United States (US) a week ago, we were told that the purpose of the visit was to further strengthen relations between South Africa and the US, and to discuss areas of further cooperation. What utter bollocks! Strengthening what relations? The ANC has no diplomatic relations with…

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The global financial crisis and the suspicious IMF intervention

As the global economy stands on the edge of a financial precipice, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) armed with a paltry $200 billion rescue package attempts to intervene and prevent emerging economies from collapsing under the stressful weight of the financial turmoil. Some emerging economies are already experiencing liquidity problems and look toward the IMF…

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On Cyril Ramaphosa condoning ANC despotism and defending Malema

It is deeply worrying when a person of Cyril Ramaphosa’s respectable standing appears to harbour personal grudges and allow them to impede his good judgement. Ramaphosa is held in the highest regard by a large majority of South Africans; to the extent that many were imploring him to avail himself for the presidency of the…

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Of political somersaults and contradictions on economic policies

Jacob Zuma’s insincere economic mantra since Polokwane has revolved around providing contradictory assurances to international investors about the ANC’s position on economic policies. That Zuma and the ANC have been inconsistent in their messages to investors is an understatement. A conclusion that can be drawn from all these inconsistencies is that either Zuma is a…

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On Mo Shaik, spy allegations, arms deal and political conspiracy.

The genesis of absurd assertions of a political conspiracy against Jacob Zuma can be traced back to 2001 when former President Mbeki ordered a probe by the Auditor General, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Public Protector into allegations made by Patricia De Lille in parliament in 1999 that members of government were involved…

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On Botswana dictatorship and the Mo Ibrahim Prize for good governance

The constitution of the People’s Republic of China is the only constitution I am aware of that openly embraces dictatorship as a form of government. A phrase “People’s democratic dictatorship” which was coined by Chairman Mao is contained in the constitution. Some countries have openly embraced the concept of benevolent dictatorship, although not explicitly outlined…

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