The disgrace of South Africa’s post-colonial ‘mimic men’​

Dougie Oakes

IN 1967, a book by Caribbean writer VS Naipaul examined how newly-created elites in newly-independent countries that had laboured under colonialism began acting with as much greed, cruelty and ruthlessness as their former colonial masters. Naipaul named his book ‘The Mimic Men’. It was an appropriate title then – and, in many ways, ‘post-colonial mimic […]

When Julius Malema sets the tone

By Zubeida Jaffer The hatred of two men threatens to tear South Africa apart. The standoff at parliament last week saw too former friends slug it out as enemies bringing one of the country’s most important institutions to a standstill. President Zuma encouraged Julius Malema to behave in an atrocious way when he was a […]

Govt operates at the pace of a village cow

“In Soccer, if you don’t listen to the referee, there can be no game,” says the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Lechesa Tsenoli, defending the actions of officials in the latest fracas. The Journalist Publisher Zubeida Jaffer nailed him down between rounds in the slanging match that rages outside and inside the House these days. ZJ: […]