Best of Opinions: Zille everyone's favourite target

2017-06-08 18:16

Max du Preez, like many before him, evidently believes Helen Zille is right. But that is not the point, offence is the point. I don’t want to live in a society where people are robots lacking empathy, nor do I want to live in one where people’s actions are dictated by the emotions of others. 

It is mad how his article, and many other responses, essentially amount to, “look what you have done to the public Helen? I know the facts and you’re right, but it’s not about me, it’s about the public, the public has every right to be angry.” South Africans must take responsibility for the government of their choice. Who is the public if not you and I, writes Gwen Ngwenya.

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Men, we have failed our women

Just like Karabo Mokoena, Courtney Pieters, Thembisile Yende or Hannah Cornelius, I lost a cousin in such a cruel manner. As a journalist I often write about women being killed or abused. I speak to their friends and relatives to find out what happened. Suddenly I was on the other side of the fence, but because she was too close to me, I had no desire to know how she died, or who the killer was, writes Iavan Pijoos.

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Thank the United States of Extinction

Last Thursday, Donald Trump reaffirmed general opinion that he is more a cowboy than a president. His announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord astonished the world and led to widespread rebuke from various leaders. It’s no secret that America has contributed over 25% of the cumulative CO2 emissions since 1750 and is currently the second largest carbon contributor after China. Less known, however, is that the average child living in America has a carbon footprint 138-times higher than a child in Bangladesh. One can, therefore, reasonably deduce that the United States is largely responsible for the climate change dilemma that the world now faces, writes Robert Traydon.

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