As if Johannesburg’s reputation wasn’t bad enough, we have now learned that it teems with spooks watching spies watching terror suspects watching DStv. The City of Gold is the Eldorado of Espionage, a hive of double-, triple-, quadruple-crossing agents from countries across the world, all trying to make sense of the senselessness that is the Global War on Terror. But why are we reading the Spy Cables now? Who leaked them? And why does it feel like South Africa is a pawn in a much bigger geo-political game? By RICHARD POPLAK.
You know it’s a newsy week when both Jacob Zuma and his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are revealed to be victims of failed assassination attempts. Our president, the Sunday paper of record insisted, was very nearly poisoned by one of the angrier among his wives–Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma. Our African Union Chairperson, Al Jazeera asserted, was nearly vaporised by one the angrier among the continent’s nations–perhaps the Sudanese, but who knows, really?
Welcome, friends, to the State beneath the State. We’re enjoying that brief moment when a match catches light and illuminates the shadows on the cave wall, allowing us a glimpse of the forms that articulate our universe. None…
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