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How South Africa can stop political interference in who gets prosecuted

2017-06-27 10:11 668 views

Could a separate prosecuting body assigned only to political cases be the answer to South Africa's compromised National Prosecuting Authority, asks Jameelah Omar.

Life was better under apartheid: When freedom is no longer enough

2017-06-27 08:35 55 comments | 19968 views

What does it mean when a section of South African youth – soon to be the largest cohort in our nation – express the unimaginable, asks Eleanor du Plooy.

The right to broadcast court cases

2017-06-26 10:59 369 views

The SCA judgment in the Henri van Breda case has boldly gone where no appeal court has gone before, marrying the age-old principle of open justice with developments in modern communications technology, writes Dario Milo.

Dissecting bodies is not in my job description

2017-06-26 09:53 5 comments | 1373 views

Now that it has been made known that cleaners and drivers have been conducting post-mortems, is there anything at all that you can say is not in your job description, asks Susan Erasmus.

Kids on kids' books: The big party

2017-06-25 06:04 42 views

There’s a train in it. That’s one of the top reasons Mogomotsi, my son, gave for why he liked The All Africa Wildlife Express, writes Hlengiwe Mnguni.

Book fest: Get ready for Wordfest

2017-06-25 06:03 61 views

A huge pack of writers and thinkers are heading to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown to present and debate at Wordfest – the book festival within the arts festival – that runs from July 1 to 7, writes Charl Blignaut.

Book news: Tshwane tales

2017-06-25 06:03 52 views

Tshwane, good news. There’s a brand-new book event called the Tjo!StoryFest! happening at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi campus on Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1, writes Charl Blignaut.

The South Sudan crisis

2017-06-25 06:04 463 views

We were two of the many who played small roles in South Sudan’s journey to independence as observers of the seminal electoral events in the world’s newest country.

DRC must learn from Lumumba during crisis

2017-06-25 06:03 196 views

In 1960, the Democratic Republic of Congo gained independence from Belgium. By 1965, it was the second most industrialised country in Africa after South Africa, boasting flourishing agricultural and mining sectors, writes Cristiano D'Orsi.

Ubuntu in the public service

2017-06-25 06:03 195 views

Public service failure is a failure to institutionalise the values we already have, writes Thuli Madonsela.

Epochs of our time

2017-06-25 06:03 758 views

What kind of epoch is the future going to bestow on our generation? And who among us will epitomise such an epoch? asks Brutus Malada.

Best of Opinions: The rise and fall of Jacob Zuma

2017-06-23 15:53 1670 views

It had the potential to be one of the most explosive question sessions President Zuma has faced to date, but the 'teflon don' proved yet again he will not be beaten before his time.

SCA ruling in Van Breda case is a victory for the public

2017-06-23 09:24 8408 views

The SCA's ruling on the filming of Henri van Breda’s criminal trial is a landmark ruling and a bold step by the court in embracing new technology to promote open justice, writes Willem de Klerk.


Preventing the next big taxi strike

2017-06-26 12:32 1358 views

By subsidising the taxi industry the government would directly address the socio-economic wellbeing of poor South Africans by improving their mobility, which lies at the heart of social welfare, writes Oliver Dickson.

Our laws are still too segregatory

2017-06-25 06:03 75 views

Barely 25 years into our constitutional democracy, and in a complex economy such as ours, it is understandable that the society envisioned in our Constitution and the tools needed to serve it would still be in development, writes Sibusiso Nyembe.

A freedom fighter reflects

2017-06-25 06:03 99 views

A new edition of Raymond Suttner’s famed struggle memoir has been published. Nicki Gules asks him about the impact, today, of prison and torture – and living a principled life in a time of corruption.

Special-needs housing still a dream

2017-06-25 06:04 92 views

Two years after the finalisation of a special-needs housing policy, it is yet to be tabled for approval.

Teach kids about sex

2017-06-25 00:02 1208 views

We should absolutely be teaching young people about the complexities of sex. We shouldn’t be holding back information that can save lives, writes Panyaza Lesufi.

Editorial: Engcobo paves the way on clean audits

2017-06-25 06:04 102 views

There was a great feeling of satisfaction in Engcobo this week after Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu singled the Eastern Cape municipality out for its clean audit.

Editorial: JZ just doesn’t get it

2017-06-25 06:04 343 views

While delivering judgment on Thursday on the United Democratic Movement’s application to force the Speaker of Parliament to allow a secret ballot on a vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma, the Constitutional Court made pertinent remarks about the functionality of a democracy.

Policy as proxy for change

2017-06-25 06:04 125 views

As the curtains came down on the last ANC national policy conference in 2012, the policy discussion document on the ANC’s “second transition” had been battered so much that its sponsors only just lived to fight back another day, writes Setumo Stone.

Where is our leadership in nation-building?

2017-06-25 06:04 159 views

The calibre of national leadership can be a decider in generating, or stifling, national goodwill and economic recovery, writes Jeffrey Sehume.

There’s more to state capture than meets the eye

2017-06-23 12:14 20 comments | 10626 views

Jacob Zuma’s project to sell South Africa’s sovereignty could involve rigging the ANC elections in 2017, and even the national elections in 2019, writes Sipho Pityana.

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