Analyst and researcher Gareth van Onselen is even-handed with his tongue lashings of all South Africa’s major political parties.
He recently slammed Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address as “heavy on rhetoric, short on quantifiable goals” then he lambasted Mmusi Maimane’s response as “visionless”. He raised the ire of the EFF when he noted their national caucus has had a 60% turnover rate. Now, prolific political columnist â¨Gareth van Onselen will be scrutinising key national issues in his new role as Head of Politics and Governance at the liberal research and policy think-tank, the South African Institute for Race Relations (IRR).
Interviewed by Noseweek about his new job, Van Onselen says it allows him to do what he loves, primarily to write and analyse politics and ideas.