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The message an EFF surge will send to Luthuli House

2019-04-23 19:00

Although the ANC may receive a pretty resounding 59% according to the latest polls, the substantial growth of the populists (EFF) at the expense of the centrists (DA), sends a clear message to Luthuli House, writes Daniel Silke.

Smaller parties: Why a vote for the DA packs more punch

2019-04-23 12:14

The true test for any democracy is whether power can change peacefully at the ballot box. The challenge for South Africa is to fast arrive at this point, writes Mmusi Maimane.

Sri Lanka, like world, again sees scourge of suicide bombing

2019-04-23 11:08

The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka are a bloody echo of decades past in the island nation, when militants inspired by attacks in the Lebanese civil war helped develop the suicide bomb vest

The rock that struck back: Why women are returning to the ANC

2019-04-23 07:00

With the removal of a president who is conservative on issues of gender, the data suggests the ANC can once again count on the critical women's vote.

 
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Instead of not voting on May 8, park your vote somewhere safe

2019-04-23 09:00

It is disturbing to hear that South Africans don't have hope because all political parties are the same. This statement is a fallacy when uttered by those who have not tried voting for other political parties, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Why more people than before will vote EFF on May 8

2019-04-23 05:00

Julius Malema is deeply aware of the systemic fault lines that prevents growth and equality. He exploits these themes for political support and uses populist rhetoric to attract voters, writes Adriaan Basson.

Google's lobbying drives haste around Copyright Bill

2019-04-19 06:00

South Africa is clearly the latest terrain of a world-wide tug-war between creators of authored works, publishers, cultural industries, tech firms and their activists over the protection of copyright, writes Collen Dlamini.

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Why Steve Hofmeyr is increasingly being isolated

2019-04-18 12:29

Thanks to his popularity Steve Hofmeyr's race-baiting has been normalised over the years. He has been a fixture on society pages and the airwaves. But it seems those days are over, writes Pieter du Toit.

Caster Semenya v IAAF: Ruling will have big implications for women's participation in sport

2019-04-18 09:19

It is no accident that the vast majority of athletes affected by IAAF regulations are black women and women of colour from the global south who do not conform to Western ideals of femininity.

Foreigners are not taking our jobs, the government is failing to create jobs

2019-04-18 11:31

The most important thing we can do as a nation in the wake of the periodic xenophobic attacks is to reflect on why this continues to happen, what drives it and what we can do about it, writes Jacques Julius.

How portrayal of protest in South Africa denigrates poor people

2019-04-17 13:38

Harping on the fact that a protest is organised is like noting that people won’t go to an event unless someone invites them. There’s no evidence that anyone has been forced to take part in the current protests, writes Steven Friedman.

The inconvenient truth about Alexandra

2019-04-17 08:56

In listening to the news, one could be forgiven for believing that the entire community of Alexandra had marched that day to Sandton. This never happened, writes Herman Mashaba.

From Batohi to Kieswetter to Mkhwebane: Are our institutions up to the task?

2019-04-16 05:00

The imperative to restorate the integrity of key institutions dictates that by the end of this year at the very least, cases must have been brought to court and convictions obtained, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

Foreign policy priorities South Africa should pursue

2019-04-16 09:23

South Africa enjoys special respect for its political achievements. But it also carries an added burden in upholding democratic values locally and globally.

Hear our voices on the Copyright Amendment Bill

2019-04-15 13:19

We believe the Copyright Amendment Bill now before you will hurt the creators it aims to protect. If passed, it will reduce the income of content creators, and remove the incentive to create original works.

Hlumelo Biko: On Black Panther and the continuous struggle for self-determination

2019-04-15 16:00

In 2018 I took my son to watch the film Black Panther, thinking that I would be exposing him to something that would make him more (as the kids say these days) 'woke'. But I was the one whose eyes were opened.

OPINION: Ramaphosa's Alex visit smacked of dishonesty and opportunism

2019-04-14 07:00

It was only a matter of time before the façade dropped. Aware that he is more popular than the ANC, President Ramaphosa imposed on the people of Alexandra a government speech using the wrong platform, writes Lukhona Mnguni.

Time to rethink our foreign relations

2019-04-14 10:00

In our foreign policy, we have to balance our interests. There is nothing wrong with rethinking our relationships with countries that were on our side in the fight against apartheid, writes Phumlani Majozi.

ANALYSIS: Why South Africa's youth would rather protest than go to the polls

2019-04-14 07:00

Frequently, young people referred to involvement in public protests as a preferable way to obtain a response from those in authority. Formal democratic processes such as voting were generally not seen as effective.

Election campaigns fail to answer the question on all South Africans' minds

2019-04-18 10:15

South Africans don't need any more criticism of the Zuma years. They have long critiqued that period while the ANC was pontificating about "collective responsibility", writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Julian Assange Q&A: What we know so far

2019-04-18 08:45

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been arrested in London and charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion over his alleged role in the leaking of classified United States government documents. Here's what we know so far.

On resurrections and superstitions

2019-04-17 18:00

The death of anyone is sad. The death of a young man is even sadder. But the death of a young man twice in a matter of weeks is actually quite tragic, writes Howard Feldman.

Time to get 'smart on crime'

2019-04-17 10:11

Getting 'tough on crime' is a challenge for a government with a stretched budget such as ours. The brutal reality is that we must get 'smart on crime' instead, writes Ralph Clark.

So what if I don't watch Game of Thrones?

2019-04-17 08:10

Personally, I prefer fact to fiction and it sounds like all the intrigue, drama and politics of Game of Thrones is our everyday news cycle anyway, writes Mandy Wiener.

Which country will David Mabuza serve?

2019-04-17 01:21

Can the ANC really still tout itself as the vanguard of our sovereignty, a repository of our national pride, asks Mcebisi Ndletyana.

Alex shutdown might be only the beginning

2019-04-16 08:53

For people whose lives are constantly disrupted by poverty and general destitution, the idea that peaceful non-disruptive protests will highlight their plight is unrealistic, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Lawfare: Why blaming the Constitution for SA's problems is not the answer

2019-04-16 10:09

In addition to the consequences of the deepening phenomenon of lawfare, another set of challenges to the constitutional project has emerged, namely the fact the Constitution itself has become an object of criticism.

How Gangster State is muddying Ramaphosa's election campaign

2019-04-15 08:53

Ace Magashule's radical tone is being presented as a co-sponsor of the ANC in this election. It's not only an election about Ramaphosa the reformer, it's an election about Magashule – the populist maverick, writes Daniel Silke.

May 8 election make or break for IFP, UDM, FF+, Cope and ACDP

2019-04-15 05:01

Most pollsters agree that there are thousands of votes still up for grabs, something the "other five" will try to capitalise on as we enter the last three weeks of campaigns, writes Adriaan Basson.

German Ambassador Martin Schäfer: On pride, patriotism and proper pronunciation

2019-04-14 09:00

Constitutional patriotism ever means complacency with the status quo. On the contrary, it means to me that it's crucial to get involved, writes Martin Schäfer.

Turkey, a democracy in crisis

2019-04-14 14:00

President Erdogan regularly vilifies journalists as "terrorists" while stoking fears of terrorism among his citizens. He frequently eschews facts and voices conspiracy theories, writes Ivan Phahle.

BOOK EXTRACT: The Messiah's Dream Machine

2019-04-14 10:00

We sit together on the top step of the old house on Avondson and watch the sun set. On the horizon, fine lines of fire and gold rise into the flaring sky. Behind the cypress trees, the hills on Boesmansfontein glow across the veld.

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