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How a Nazi legal theory is threatening constitutional democracy today

2019-01-18 09:18

The recent revival of a theory that asserts that only the leader can claim to know when the State is threatened and needs an exceptional decision, poses a threat to countries world wide, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

Bosasa and I

2019-01-18 06:00

The inaction to act against Bosasa for over a decade by South Africa's law enforcement agencies is appalling. They should be subjected to the same level of wrath as KPMG for helping the Guptas cook their books, writes Adriaan Basson.

When the consigliere sings: What to do with Angelo Agrizzi?

2019-01-18 06:00

When an insider who is complicit and guilty of committing crimes themselves decides to turn on his partners, what do you do with their evidence, asks Mandy Wiener.

EXPLAINER: Who are al-Shabaab attackers of Kenya hotel?

2019-01-17 10:09

The overnight attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi that left 14 dead was quickly claimed by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab. Who are the al-Shabaab attackers of the hotel in Kenya's capital?

How the ANC lost its lustre

2019-01-17 11:00

A party alienated from intellectuals and the middle class and which has lost most of its talented youth leadership, is clearly on a downward path, writes Steven Friedman.

Death to the author and identity politics

2019-01-16 19:00

Identity politics is an intellectually lazy game to play. It reduces discussion and contemplation as it focusses on the participants and not the debate, writes Howard Feldman.

 
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Why Agrizzi is spilling the beans now

2019-01-18 06:00

One of the biggest questions surrounding the testimony of former Bosasa director Angelo Agrizzi at the state capture commission of inquiry is why: Why is Agrizzi taking the risk to reveal all?

School thieves are stealing our children's education

2019-01-17 09:11

I am appalled and galled by burglaries, break-ins and vandalism at some of our provincial schools, the latest being Menzi Primary School in Tsakane, writes Panyaza Lesufi.

Brexit uncertainty: What next for SA?

2019-01-16 14:11

Several scenarios face South Africa amid uncertainty over Britain leaving the European Union, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, which could affect both trade and SA companies operating in the UK.

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Zimbabwe crisis: What you need to know

2019-01-16 13:53

Zimbabwe's anti-government protest strike has entered day three with streets, particularly in Harare, said to be deserted. Here is what you need to know.

Angelo Agrizzi is pulling the plug on Bosasa: Why you should care

2019-01-16 10:40

Angelo Agrizzi's testimony is bound to be explosive, and will implicate dozens of top government officials at the department of correctional services and justice among others, and even former president Jacob Zuma himself.

ANC manifesto a patchwork of unrealistic dreams

2019-01-16 08:26

By presenting this smorgasbord of promises the ANC did little to create certainty for investors, which is desperately needed to create economic growth, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

STATEMENT: 'Do not be sorry for me – I will not surrender' – Schweizer-Reneke teacher

2019-01-15 17:51

I will fight. I will make sure that what happened to me will never happen to any other teacher. I owe it to my own class, my colleagues and every child in South Africa who needs good teachers.

Seeing through the Ramaphosa/Zuma bromance

2019-01-15 08:13

The fake bromance between Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma is like a third rate soap opera. The plot is not credible, the dialogue is weak and the actors are pathetic, writes Max du Preez.

Cheat sheet for VCs running universities in turbulent times

2019-01-14 14:24

My long tenure in higher education has taught me that there’s additional knowledge that’s useful for a university leader to have, particularly in these turbulent times facing higher education.

3 lessons from that Schweizer-Reneke photo

2019-01-14 07:53

A photo showing black Grade R children seated separately from their white classmates in a North West town has laid bare some of the deep fault lines in our fledgling democracy, writes Adriaan Basson.

ANC's poverty porn parade a reflection of its detachment from 'the people'

2019-01-13 07:14

It is one thing for celebrities and corporates to adopt a 'we love the poor' roadshow, but for a political party in power it is a tragic act of cognitive dissonance and detachment, writes Redi Tlhabi.

Salaam, Polly

2019-01-10 09:00

When you have 14 people sitting down to Christmas lunch under the trees, the last thing you expect is a lost parrot joining in the festivities, says Susan Erasmus.

Prostate cancer – The silent killer few South African men are prepared to talk about

2019-01-09 10:00

African men need to take their health more seriously and get checked on a regular basis after the age of 40. Only early diagnosis can improve survival and cure rates, writes Solly Moeng.

BOOK REVIEW: Denis Worrall and the brave anti-apartheid forces too often overlooked

2019-01-08 10:35

Working broadly in his own pool, David Worrall influenced mainly white opinion but later showing bursts of real courage. He was to play an important role in a country lurching to democracy in 1994.

Are non-voters good for our democracy?

2019-01-04 12:26

South Africans must consider the significance of exercising their right to choose a government, and take responsibility for the electoral outcomes, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Whose slogan is it anyway? Let's not turn freedom into fee-dom

2019-01-16 12:01

The real problem with the DA's whining about the ANC "stealing" its slogan is what it says about the party's views on ownership, particularly intellectual ownership, writes Glenn Bownes.

'Colour blindism' is a poisoned chalice

2019-01-16 10:55

The racial incidents of the recent past that have captured headlines expose shocking levels of intolerance among different race groups on the basis of culture and religion, writes Zizi Kodwa.

ANC policy: More continuity than change

2019-01-15 12:03

A state that can struggle to distribute drivers' licences, or to maintain roads and water systems is hardly an ideal candidate to reconfigure society, and judiciously manage the property rights of its citizens, writes Terence Corrigan.

The people cannot eat manifestos

2019-01-15 08:53

Are statements and manifestos enough to win the confidence and the hearts of the masses of South Africa who continue to suffer from poverty and inequality? asks Mcebo Dlamini.

Open letter to Minister Derek Hanekom

2019-01-14 10:57

Despite our many differences, I believe we are all committed to a shared value that Johannesburg and all other cities in our country should be in an impeccable state of cleanliness, writes Herman Mashaba.

Do we expect Mbeki to explain his lack of interest in Zuma?

2019-01-14 09:01

Whatever the reasons might be behind Thabo Mbeki's alleged stalling of a council of elders, the reality is that the former president is now expected to explain why he won't serve with Jacob Zuma, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Transformation in SA rugby: Kolisi is right, 'you shouldn't put a number on' quotas

2019-01-13 08:45

Those who see fit to crucify Siya Kolisi for his recent comments on quotas in rugby are failing to fully engage with the hard truth that sports quotas (across sporting codes) are a lazy and uncreative way of dealing with transformation in sport, writes Phiwe Ndinisa.

Why we need to recharge our batteries of patriotism

2019-01-11 14:10

The challenge for South Africa is to make sure we don't use our constitutionally enshrined political freedoms to tear ourselves apart.

Clifton 4th and what it says about our country

2019-01-09 13:02

If we are not able to propose a view because we are afraid, then the very notion of democracy will be undermined, writes Howard Feldman.

Debating illegal immigration: where do we draw the line?

2019-01-08 10:10

We should all desist from saying things that could exacerbate xenophobia, but we cannot kill the debate as it won't go away, writes Max du Preez.

After years of failure, 2019 is the time for justice

2019-01-07 08:24

Over the course of 2018, President Ramaphosa successfully began the tedious, laborious process of clearing out the rot and replacing the leadership of the justice system. Now it's time to put it to work, writes Mandy Wiener.

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