The Diary of a Paranoid Spy Boss

State Security Minister David Mahlobo has once again warned of foreign forces set on undermining South Africa’s democracy. While these threats remain a fiction in the absence of proof, the South African state could pose a bigger risk to the country as a whole.

May 22, 2017, 9:57 a.m.

Could the ANC crisis be SA’s biggest blessing?

The ANC-led government has recently made a number of shocking decisions, but it’s not what you think, given the state the governing party is in.

May 17, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

Who is paying for politics?

Many concerns have been raised over the secrecy around the funding of political parties. Since the dawn of democracy, the matter has been debated, not only in the public sphere, but in court rooms as well. Given the current crisis of ‘state capture’, political donor transparency might be more important to the South African electorate than ever before.

May 10, 2017, 11:03 a.m.


President Jacob Zuma has in large part, purged his cabinet of what are considered competent public servants while simultaneously rewarding loyalists. Surrounded by his friends, Jacob Zuma’s end game has become clearer than ever.

April 2, 2017, 12:15 p.m.