What comes after the revolution

This week’s column in The Herald Like many populists and revolutionaries, at whatever end of the political spectrum, there tends to be very little consideration for what happens the day after they get what they want. It is always the “how to” or the “what happens next” that remain elusive. What was it that Shakespeare wrote in A Midsummer Night’s Dream? “The dove pursues the griffin. The mild hind makes speed to catch the tiger – bootless speed. “When cowardice pursues and valour flies.” Beware that moment when you catch the tiger you have been chasing. In politics it’s easy, though. […]

Implementing Land Expropriation: It’s the how that matters.

Public policy-making usually starts with ideas and ideologies, presented as necessary to correct past injustices, improve existing conditions, or secure future states of affairs or processes. It is in the afterglow of an idea or ideological expression when the hard work starts and when, ultimately, policies are evaluated on the basis of implementation and efficacy. Having said that, what is certain is that South African land reform will start in earnest. What remains unclear is how it will, actually, be done. One political formation seems to be obsessed with racism, ethno-nationalism, rapine and the politics of revenge as the basis […]