Goodbye 2014 – It Was the Worst of Times [analysis]

Nkandla. Oscar Pistorius. Elections 2014. Julius Malema. Pansy Tlakula. Mamphela Ramphele. Zwelinzima Vavi. Hlaudi Motsoeneng. #PayBackTheMoney. Senzo Meyiwa. Eskom. Shrien Dewani. Cosatu. And always, Jacob Zuma. They occupied the news and our minds, and defined the world we live in.

It was a never-ending big news year that shone the spotlight on the ethics of our president, examined whether our star athlete, and onetime idol, was a cold-blooded killer, and saw a significant shift in South African politics, with the Economic Freedom Fighters now firmly ensconced in the milieu.

We may be a grown up 20-year-old democracy, but this year, we reached the furthest point away from the nation we were meant to be.

Wednesday 17 December 2014 was a momentous day in history. US President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes to his country’s policy on Cuba, restoring diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility between the two nations.

As Obama spoke, Cuban President Raul Castro was simultaneously addressing his nation, saying there were still difficult issues to work through but the two countries had to learn to live with their differences in a “civilized manner”.

In Havana, church bells rang out as the news reverberated around …

Source : Daily Maverick