Diagnosing Corruption

Diagnosing Corruption

What is it about public life in South Africa, and about those who occupy elite positions in particular, that leads to such endemic corruption? South Africans are all too aware of the depth and reach of corruption in our society. the whole of President Zuma’s term of...
Politics As An Honourable Art

Politics As An Honourable Art

Important people, companies and governments love having missions. Sometimes they feel the need to write a ‘mission statement’ so that everyone else will know about their mission. Perhaps, like me, you feel that most mission statements are simply an attempt to appear...
An Archbishop Goes Too Far

An Archbishop Goes Too Far

According to a recent news item, the Archbishop of Lipa, in the Philippines, has decided to tell Catholics in his diocese who to vote for in this month’s elections. This will not be done “from the pulpit”, but discreetly, by distributing sample ballot papers with the...
A Healthy Sign

A Healthy Sign

Last August, I wrote in this column about the need for a more pro-active opposition, and how it is not enough for the non-governing parties just to sit back and wait for the ANC to weaken, or perhaps split decisively. Instead, the various opposition parties should try...