Guest Column

Senzo Mchunu's resignation 'not surprising'

2016-05-25 16:00

In the wake of the bitterly contested provincial conference, everybody expected that it would be a matter of time before the axe fell on KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, writes Mondli Makhanya.

Spy tapes: 'Political interference in the NPA'

2016-05-25 10:22 2 comments | 2752 views

Will the spy tapes saga extinguish President Jacob Zuma's political career, asks Lawson Naidoo.

'It’s OK to admit your privilege. I have'

2016-05-20 09:31 93 comments | 12211 views

Although I believe white privilege to be an irrefutable fact I know that I, as a coloured person, am also privileged, writes Lauren Hess.

Can the DA and EFF share a bed?

2016-05-12 07:32 22 comments | 5380 views

Politics does make for strange bed fellows, but can any two parties be further apart on economic issues than the DA and the EFF? It is difficult to see how this would last, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The Constitutional Court, the IEC and the voters roll: Untangling the knot

2016-05-11 13:04 2330 views

If anyone was under the impression that the IEC’s appeal to the Constitutional Court on the findings of the Electoral Court relating to by-elections in Tlokwe municipality isn’t important, the Constitution says otherwise, writes Grant Masterson.

From combat boots to Gucci shoes

2016-04-22 09:06 2350 views

It’s difficult to go from the trenches to the benches. Military struggle veterans seldom make good rulers, says Susan Erasmus.

Rising tiger, waning rhino: Lessons from Asia for Africa

2016-04-21 14:45 670 views

The success of international tiger conservation efforts is offering a beacon of hope for the rhino conservation community in South Africa, writes Shakir Jeeva.

Did Zuma play the 'Yugoslav card'?

2016-04-07 11:00 5562 views

It was the “Yugoslav card” — the threat of territorial fragmentation — that enabled President Jacob Zuma to ensure that the ANC leadership would rally behind him, writes Terry Bell.

Zuma’s apology is the ANC’s ultimate gamble

2016-04-05 10:01 5881 views

Going into the local government elections with Jacob Zuma as President has to be one of the biggest political risks yet by the governing party, says Daniel Silke.

Clearing up two Mbeki misconceptions

2016-03-10 10:34 7190 views

There are two misconceptions by Mbeki and people defending him that I wish to debunk, writes Nathan Geffen.

You can't fix racism by being colour blind

2016-02-24 18:30 12 comments | 3427 views

You think that racism exists because people only see each other according to their race, that it really is only about skin colour. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works, says Louise Ferreira.

Why South African universities are in the grip of a class struggle

2016-01-13 09:03 80 views

Each year, hundreds of thousands of students enrol to study at South Africa’s universities. Of the 60% of black African students who survive the first year, only 15% will ultimately graduate.

The Presidency's communication choices

2015-12-14 08:56 1653 views

Does the absence of an obligation on the part of President Jacob Zuma to explain his removals and appointments to Cabinet equate to a prohibition to explain, asks Mathatha Tsedu.

Dear Nehawu anarchists and bullies

2015-11-16 07:40 1786 views

Those of us who refused to be part of the illegal protest at Parliament were subjected to victimisation and intimidation by the marauding Nehawu mob- but I remain unshaken, writes Cedric Mboyisa.

Is it time for a woman to lead the ANC?

2015-10-28 07:42 1 comments | 809 views

Why does it matter that women today want to be parachuted to leadership and not ascend gradually, asks Goodenough Mashego.


Mbalula 'made the right decision'

2016-05-04 13:54 22 comments | 7900 views

"Rugby in South Africa has been dominated by the elite and is seen as a 'white' sport because of institutionalised racism in the past. It remains this way due to white privilege."

Arms Deal report's findings 'an outrage'

2016-04-21 15:40 7152 views

President Jacob Zuma announced the release of the report of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the Arms Deal. The Report’s findings are an outrage, writes Paul Holden.

Five key takeaways from the New York primary

2016-04-21 09:59 3694 views

New York primary win for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton changes the narrative of the United States 2016 presidential elections.

Love thy neighbour

2016-04-06 10:19 564 views

We need immigration solutions that benefit everyone, not just South Africa, writes Stefanie De Saude.

The media and the Sharpeville shootings

2016-03-21 10:27 1938 views

Human Rights Day owes its origin to the Sharpeville massacre. However, the first report of this only appeared on April 2 because the media wouldn't accept anything that contradicted the police.

Taxi drivers - my heroes

2016-02-25 14:22 8 comments | 13522 views

To the two taxi drivers who bravely came to my aid when others decided to remain spectators, I salute you as my heroes for the day, writes Lizeka Tandwa.

Max Du Preez 'sanitises history'

2016-01-27 09:12 79 comments | 12843 views

Max Du Preez seems to have this irrepressible propensity to sanitise history when it doesn’t suit his preconceptions, writes Moloto Mothapo.

‘That was my friend who you called the k-word’

2016-01-11 13:23 8 comments | 10288 views

The sense I get from most statuses from white South Africans condemning "other" white South Africans is that their motive is more to prove that they are not racist, rather than to address an actual problem, writes Anton Taylor.

The duality of victimhood

2015-11-16 12:31 1391 views

Victimhood has become the essence by which we define our identities, the fabric from which our daily existence is cut, writes C Akuoma.

ANC NGC: How the media got it wrong

2015-11-06 14:07 3081 views

The NGC of the African National Congress has come and gone and there had been a lot of predictions about how “nasty” it was going to be, but the media got it wrong, says Philani Mavundla.


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