Tony Leon Columnist

I once compared being leader of the opposition to making bricks without straw. You desire to change things or shift opinion, but objectively lack an essential ingredient to do so. Tony Blair on the comparison said: “When I was leader of the opposition I started the day with ‘what can I say’; now that I am Prime Minister I ask ‘what can I do?'” On the day last week when lists closed for the May general election, DA leader Mmusi Maimane held a press conference along the lines of ‘what can I say?”. He and his party needed to breathe life into the trope that the ANC is irredeemably corrupt. But with the open sewer effect of the revelations spilling out of the Nugent (SA Revenue Service), Zondo (state capture), Mpati (Public Investment Corporation) and Mokgoro (National Prosecuting Authority) commissions, it’s probably already baked into the share price of the governing party. So no great shock then when Maimane, seeking a new and newsworthy angle, requested new prosecutions head Shamila...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now