A royal pain

Like all great fairy tales, it started with a palace; a gigantic thing, all gold and gleaming. The young man at the nearby table used his hands to describe soaring columns and endless corridors. His friend shook her head, enchanted. The Palace of Versailles was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen, he said.Continue reading “A royal pain”

A watchlist

On the weekend the Sunday Independent ran a story “in the spirit of transparency and proper record-keeping” that featured a long list of names. Each name belonged to a Member of Parliament. They had two things in common: they were members of the ANC, and they had voted Yes to adopt the report that absolvedContinue reading “A watchlist”

The heist to end all heists

The alarms have all been tripped. All of them. This isn’t the familiar, daily smash-and-grab. This is huge. A heist to end all heists. We go to our windows, careful to stay out of sight. It’s still far away, but the first reports are already flickering like sparks from a bulldozed lamppost: they’re working onContinue reading “The heist to end all heists”