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Raymond Suttner - Suttner's View
Irremediable crisis? Pervading pessimism without remedies in place
By: Raymond Suttner 13th March 2023 For some years much of South African society has voiced or has appeared to be consumed by hopelessness and demoralisation. There is a sense that... →
Drive the crooks and incompetents out of government!
By: Raymond Suttner 6th March 2023 The ruling ANC cannot be tasked with rebuilding what it has itself broken in recent years. It is now too involved in the dysfunctionality of the... →
Being or not being a communist in South Africa today
By: Raymond Suttner 27th February 2023 From 1969/70 until 2006 I had been a fairly orthodox member of the South African Communist Party, and I broke ranks over the party’s conduct during... →
Multiple crises need a new configuration of forces
By: Raymond Suttner 21st February 2023 For a political organisation to win confidence of voters or supporters, it requires certain qualities. These are not invariable, because it is... →
What it meant to be a white person in the liberation struggle
By: Raymond Suttner 16th January 2023 What did it mean to be a white person in a struggle that was widely perceived to be for the liberation of black people and almost entirely... →
Let’s not have illusions over ANC conference election results, we need a re-set
By: Raymond Suttner 9th January 2023 South Africans are desperate for a new beginning, for a return to the democratic values of 1994. It has been argued that president Cyril... →
Cyril Ramaphosa’s resignation is not main issue. It is attacks on constitutional order
By: Raymond Suttner 5th December 2022 A news headline reads that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s allies believe “they [had] the numbers to mount a fight back” at the ANC NEC meeting, which... →
ANC crisis may foreshadow its demise and deepen state turmoil
By: Raymond Suttner 21st November 2022 There is little doubt that the ANC is on the way down and we will see its gradual demise. It is not something I would have predicted some time back... →
Ekurhuleni defeat sounds alarm bells for ANC and for democratic stability
By: Raymond Suttner 10th November 2022 It is well known that proportional representation (PR) voting systems are more likely to lead to coalitions than “first past the post”, pure... →
We cannot emerge from the SA political crisis if we mischaracterise it
By: Raymond Suttner 31st October 2022 Carol Paton published a recent opinion piece, unfortunately behind a paywall on News 24... →