South Africa: cautionary tale

Charges of fraud against South Africa’s finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, have been dropped. No disgrace attaches. It’s largely accepted he’s been framed for trying to expose a web of cronyism and graft spun from President Jacob Zuma’s office. Support for the minister’s efforts to ‘clean-up’ government is growing. But so too is the recognition that capitalism without corruption is fantasy. Continue reading

An uncivil war

South Africans decisively elected the African National Congress to  power in five elections since 1994 – only to be fleeced in return. For more than a generation the government in Westminster – irrespective of configuration – has shamefully serviced an elite bent on looting the nation. It’s been a good time for One Percent and Co but the winds of change are blowing, home and away. Continue reading