KINGSTON, Jamaica -- South African President Jacob Zuma was jeered by a crowd attending a memorial service for Nelson Mandela Tuesday, as a series of scandals take a toll on his popularity before elections next year.
It was reported that there was a warm welcome for former President Thabo Mbeki as he entered FNB Stadium ...more »
AN ancient sage was of the personal view that: "Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad."
That statement is a perfect blend of poetry, prose, one man's philosophical conclusion or an honest position, drawn from a historical examination of the progress of the demise of kings, princes and politicians.
I am, of course, doing no such thing as ascribing madness to any local politician. Politicians are, by their own self-examination, quite rational people. To the general public, the actions of politicians, even if such actions are thought to have much merit, must first be suspected as having a hidden benefit to the politician. We have grown very distrustful of them and, of course, it matters little to us that we are, many ...
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