Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Monday, August 13, 2007

What to do?
Too much to write about today, so thought I'd touch on a few things that caught my eye:

Firstly, we may have our first answer in the Blade Nzimande scandal. Businessman Charles Modise says he did not lay a charge of theft against Nzimande, as the police claimed. According to his spokesperson, he "complained to the police about the abuse of accountability. He is not asking for the return of the money. He is not saying they stole the money. He hoped the police would investigate and he hoped the investigation would trigger more action as far as accountability was concerned. He did not go there in the hope of charging anyone and having anyone investigated." Conspiracy anyone?

Secondly, the big news out of Washington is the long-expected resignation of Republican king-maker and emperor Karl Rove. Rove, known as "The Architect", resigned under the guise of spending more time with his family, but in reality, resigned under potential indictment in the Libby case and as a fall guy for the Bush administration he largely crafted.

Then the news that Mugabe has used South Africa and the US as comparisons in explaining away his new eavesdropping laws. Interesting how little (relative) consternation there was about the local law's introduction in South Africa, but it is largely seen as ripping the last vestiges of civil liberties in Zimbabwe.

Finally, an interesting piece on Brand Channel about the need to rebrand Africa away from poverty and hopelessness, something that is very close to my heart.