2014 – the Year of Changing Political Tides [analysis]

In politics, it seems every year turns out to be a year of living dangerously. But with the fifth democratic elections, 2014 was always going to be a big year in South African politics. It was the year the ANC got a big fright with the possibility of losing control of Gauteng.

It was also the year that the Economic Freedom Fighters altered the dynamics in South African politics, particularly in Parliament. Mamphela Ramphele kissed and said goodbye and Cosatu fell apart. And for one more year, President Jacob Zuma was a dividing force and Nkandla loomed large in the national discourse.

In terms of news events, there is no doubt that the Oscar Pistorius trial stole the show in the field of media coverage and overall public interest. The trial ran concurrently with the 2014 elections campaign and was the year’s biggest talking point, particularly its outcome. But when it comes to an issue that provoked even greater indignation and disillusionment, it was no doubt the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence.

In March this year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released an in-depth investigation report Secure in Comfort on the R246 million upgrades at…

Source : Daily Maverick