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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Blogger on leave
I will be on leave this weekend until the first week of September. My travels take me to the US, where I'll be getting a first hand look at the traditional Labour Day start of the 2008 Presidential electioneering. If you'd like me to notify you when I'm back posting, please send an email to

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Zuma's Brinkmanship
My latest Thought Leader post went up yesterday, outlining the pressure being exerted in the Zuma camp to force an amnesty outcome:
The recent reports of Mbeki’s alleged misdemeanours in the Sunday Times, along with the elevated rhetoric from those in the Zuma camp over the last week, have surprised and rightly concerned many. Rumours of Mbeki’s involvement in the arms deal have been whispered and deliberated in the corridors of ANC power for some time now, but the timing of the “leak” of this report is in no way coincidental, and forms part of a wider campaign to force the country to accept the final option open to guarantee Zuma’s freedom.
Read it here.