The Christchurch terror attack affects Muslims everywhere

2019-03-19 11:55

The Christchurch shooting may be viewed as an isolated incident in New Zealand, but it is surely part of a driving force of Islamophobia on a global scale, writes Naseema Barday.

Are election candidates fit to hold office?

2019-03-19 05:00

Respect for Parliament is heavily dependent on the integrity of its membership. We therefor need MPs who are fully committed to uphold the law and the Constitution, writes Lawson Naidoo.

ANC elders' open letter to corrupt comrades: 'Remove yourself from party list'

2019-03-18 16:28

The escalation of acts of corruption associated with the ANC continus to disturb South African society. Not least, it upsets people who always held the organisation close to their hearts.

Legalising rhino horn trade the obvious answer to SA's poaching problems

2019-03-18 11:06

Those who are opposed to legal rhino horn trading either do not understand the realities of rhino conservation, or have a vested interest in rhino remaining endangered, writes Peter Oberem.

Copyright reforms to improve access to education

2019-03-18 09:18

Access to education materials in the new South Africa continues to be limited. The new law should be in the interests of local, as opposed to foreign publishers and authors, write Eve Gray and Desmond Oriakhogba.

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The pain of SA's Human Rights Day

2019-03-19 05:00

South Africa's celebrated political settlement is not yet systemically supported by serious efforts to secure an emotional settlement of the pain from our ugly past, write Mamphela Ramphele and George Lindeque.

Why an apology from Faith Mazibuko is not enough

2019-03-18 12:52

There are themes in Gauteng MEC Faith Mazibuko's noxious abuse of power that make her a dangerous political head and unsuitable for the civil service, writes Redi Tlhabi.

Battleground Gauteng will push ANC above or below 60%

2019-03-18 05:00

In 2014, almost 24% of all votes were cast in Gauteng. With almost a quarter of all voters living in this province, it makes sense that they will determine the final composition of Parliament, writes Adriaan Basson.

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.

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Expropriation, Disrupted Land and the IRR

2019-03-17 07:00

The IRR's attack on AfriForum unfortunately underlines the fact that there is little space for nuanced debating in South Africa, and that nobody dares to put an alternative point of view to the ruling order's view of the past, writes Kallie Kriel.

The SSA spied on the people of SA and there's so much more we don't know

2019-03-15 05:00

Ramaphosa's panel has recommended that those who abused their power in the SSA face criminal prosecution. It's hard to overstate how rare a thing that is. And there's even more to discover, writes Murray Hunter.

System that allows Dlamini, Mokonyane, Zwane to become MPs is flawed

2019-03-14 10:48

Strictly speaking, there is nothing in the Constitution that prevents controversial ANC MPs like Bathabile Dlamini from being elected to Parliament. This is a problem, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

On Marelize, Woolworths water and young people who inspire us

2019-03-14 08:38

Marelize laughs at herself, the Woolworths water drinkers make sure we don't take ourselves too seriously, and the EFF rubbish collector displays maturity beyond his years. The youth inspire us, writes Howard Feldman.

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?

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.

ANC members' loyalty dilemma: What they should learn from NP supporters

2019-03-12 10:49

The dilemmas facing ANC members today are no different from those faced by members of the National Party who associated it with the restoration of their dignity as Afrikaners after humiliation by British colonialism, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Buthelezi's delusions of a corruption-free homeland system a product of the ANC

2019-03-12 08:23

We should blame the ANC government for getting us to a point where Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has become so daring that he wants us to find the silver lining of the corrupt homeland system, writes Ralph Mathekga.

From the Mufamadi report: To see or not to see

2019-03-11 18:00

One of the key challenges for intelligence services, the governments and the publics that they serve, is agreeing on the appropriate balance for those services between secrecy and transparency.

Arrest Zuma for our own Watergate

2019-03-11 08:08

Just like the Richard Nixon administration used dirty tricks to infiltrate and spy on his opponents, Jacob Zuma had his own squad in the SSA to spy, bribe and influence his detractors, writes Adriaan Basson.

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.

Herman Mashaba: Let's talk honestly and frankly about undocumented workers

2019-03-10 06:00

South Africa can no longer continue to operate with the proverbial elephant in the room and try to convince ourselves it is actually something else, writes Herman Mashaba.

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.

Judgment against Dutch Reformed Church raises tricky legal questions

2019-03-15 09:15

A court order that protects members of the LGBT community is obviously to be welcomed. But the recent judgment against the Dutch Reformed Church is not without its own incoherencies, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

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.

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?

Change depends on eradication of corruption

2019-03-13 11:49

Change hinges on our ability to eradicate the biggest obstacle to service delivery, namely corruption. Every cent of public money should be allocated in a fair and efficient manner, writes Solly Msimanga.

This is why we pay such close attention to AgriSA's Dan Kriek

2019-03-13 09:23

AgriSA president Dan Kriek's proposal for land expropriation without compensation amounts to exempting mega-farms while the rest populate the front line of expropriation at sacrificial compensation, writes Gabriel Crouse.

The use of influencers in politics is nothing new

2019-03-12 12:02

The ANC has never shied from using influencers. In fact, the party has and openly used the influence of those who share its mission and values during and after the fight against apartheid, writes Geoff Makhubo.

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.

3 women and what they tell us about South Africa's economy of public sympathy

2019-03-12 05:00

Over the past week or so three women – Elizabeth Koue, Babes Wodumo and Karima Brown – have provided a glimpse into the economy of public sympathy in South Africa, writes Lisa Vetten.

Responses to Zimbabwe highlight gulf between the region and the west

2019-03-11 16:23

The debate on sanctions on Zimbabwe has been lost in the region and on the continent. And solidarity with the Mnangagwa regime is likely to persist for the foreseeable future, writes Brian Raftopoulos.

Martin Schäfer: Don't make investment in SA an ideological issue

2019-03-11 08:39

German companies don't just want to make a quick buck and leave. They understand that they must commit to transformation and overcoming the legacy of apartheid, writes Martin Schäfer.

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.

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