Best estimates: Dawie Scholtz on where the votes could go, and why

2019-03-22 06:00

Analyst Dawie Scholtz believes the coming general election is one of the most uncertain in recent memory. He's fired up his election models to estimate what possible outcomes we can expect on May 8. This is how the chips could fall...

Christchurch mosque shootings must end New Zealand's innocence about right-wing terrorism

2019-03-17 07:00

In the hours after the attacks, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern made it clear this was a terrorist attack of "extraordinary and unprecedented violence" that had no place in New Zealand. She is right.

From Mandela to Mbeki and Zuma: How the spooks became obsessed with 'political intelligence gathering'

2019-03-15 05:00

A sense of inward-looking suspicion was birthed in the real struggle against apartheid, with real dangers. But it became a paranoia and clung to the ANC's DNA like a genetic disease.

FIRST TAKE: Inclusion of four dodgy cadres on ANC list shows depth of Ramaphosa's task

2019-03-13 18:10

The ANC stated in January that it will only include cadres that will "enhance the integrity" of the governing party on its lists for parliament. Does the inclusion of Malusi Gigaba, Nomvula Mokonyane, Bathabile Dlamini and Mosebenzi Zwane do that?

Did Bosasa just shoot itself in the foot? Why the company wants to reverse liquidation

2019-03-13 10:32

The reasons for Bosasa's complete about turn after placing the group of companies under voluntary liquidation in February are likely to revolve around concerns over what wrongdoing may be uncovered.



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Theresa May loses another Brexit vote – is it time she just gave up?

2019-03-14 09:10

With just over two weeks to go until Brexit, Theresa May has once again failed to get her Brexit deal through parliament, leaving complete uncertainty about where the nation goes next.

EXPLAINED: Why it matters that Mabuza dissed Mboweni

2019-03-13 14:34

Crazy, but true. On Tuesday Deputy President David Mabuza said he doesn't take Finance Minister Tito Mboweni "seriously". Let's break it down for you and try to answer the question: What does this mean?

SPY WARS: If this was in the US, a special prosecutor would already be up and away

2019-03-12 09:01

What South Africa desperately needs are swift, professional and dispassionate prosecutions. If a similar report was to be tabled in the United States, a special prosecutor would already have been appointed.

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READ IN FULL: High-Level Review Panel on the SSA

2019-03-11 10:11

A bombshell report into the State Security Agency has revealed damning evidence of how it was repurposed to serve the political interests of former president Jacob Zuma.

Why corruption isn't simply about Zuma and the Guptas

2019-03-08 17:51

Corruption in South Africa isn't simply a matter of bad morals or weak law enforcement. It’s embedded in processes of class formation – specifically, the formation of new black elites.

Fighting fake news and disinformation ahead of the election

2019-03-08 05:00

One of the core challenges surrounding disinformation is that it is increasingly difficult to distinguish between what is credible and what is not, writes William Bird.

'He loved to be feared' - A reminder of who apartheid hitman Ferdi Barnard is

2019-03-07 16:01

If you really want to understand apartheid era hit man Ferdi Barnard, who is officially being released on full parole, you have to turn to the pages of Jacques Pauw’s chilling book 'Into the heart of Darkness', writes Mandy Wiener.

Manuel on Zuma's abdication of duty – and how the Guptas took power

2019-03-01 06:31

Trevor Manuel, the former minister of finance, took care to be precise and clear in describing former president Jacob Zuma's governance style when he appeared at the state capture commission. It was devastating.

Everything to lose for the DA in the battle for the heart and soul of SA

2019-03-01 05:00

According to the most recent Afrobarometer survey, only 45% of South Africans said they felt close to a political party in 2018. This means almost six out of 10 South Africans don't feel close to any political party - something that could work in the DA's favour.

EXPLAINED: Nine things you must know about the bombshell report into spies

2019-03-11 07:01

A bombshell report into the State Security Agency has revealed damning evidence of how the SSA was repurposed to serve the political interests of former president Jacob Zuma.

BULLETPROOF: Will the ANC dodge another bullet on election day?

2019-03-08 05:00

The ANC has been the dominant political party since 1994, scoring overwhelming victories in every general election since the advent of democracy. It has been plagued by corruption and scandal over the last decade – but is the edifice cracking, or will it hold once more?

Letters reveal Robert Sobukwe's moral courage, and pain

2019-03-06 14:05

Despite the fact that he makes light of it, one senses in Robert Sobukwe's letter that the constant surveillance and harassment of the security police was taking its toll.

AfriForum makes its play in the battle for the hearts and minds of farmers

2019-03-03 06:22

A new agricultural organisation called the Southern African Agriculture Initiative has been launched, with an apparent attempt to counter AgriSA, the largest representative organisation for farmers in the country.

Friday Briefing: The DA's Ramaphosa problem

2019-02-28 20:06

In this week's edition of the Friday Briefing Mpumelelo Mkhabela compares Maimane to Ramaphosa, Alet Janse van Rensburg considers the DA's fortunes and Melanie Verwoerd looks at the DA election strategy.

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