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Zuma at Zondo: It's all in the body language

2019-07-18 08:50

As much as Zuma claimed to want his "day in court" he is hating every second of the process. That much is clear from his body language, writes Howard Feldman.

Springboks: 10 points to ponder ahead of 2019 season

2019-07-18 13:00

Herman Mostert highlights 10 points to ponder as the Springboks embark on their quest to win a third Rugby World Cup.

Wilhelm Verwoerd: Reconciliation requires more than 'tea with Madiba'

2019-07-18 05:00

If white people profess to remember Mandela warmly, but do this only within our comfort zones, from behind our security walls, what does it say about our commitment to his vision of racial inclusivity, asks Wilhelm Verwoerd.

Parliament must act against brazen EFF bullying

2019-07-17 08:09

As with any institution, abiding by the rules should be a precondition of membership. Perhaps it is time to change the law so that once MPs have broken too many rules they lose their seats, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Fire across the land: The steep price of state failure on land

2019-07-17 08:46

Where the state lacks the ability and will to enforce its laws, and surrenders authority to the strongman best placed to press a claim through force, a legitimate land reform programme becomes impossible, writes Terence Corrigan.

 
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Hope and inspiration in a week of despair

2019-07-18 08:01

These 100 young people, chosen from hundreds more nominations, remind us that the characteristics Mandela embodied; compassion, creativity, leadership, vision and resilience, are still thriving today.

Zuma's conspiracy narrative a timely warning against the dangers of paranoia

2019-07-17 05:00

In recalling ANC exile history in the context of the state capture commission, it is critical that we do not fall into a similar, if inverted, conspiracy narrative to the one Jacob Zuma is now trying to spin, writes Jeremy Cronin.

ANALYSIS: As the screws are turned on Zuma, the pressure starts to show

2019-07-16 19:31

When Jacob Zuma was delivering his oratory on Monday, uninterrupted and in command of a story he was in complete control. But when he was delivered into the hands of Paul Pretorius even the most innocuous question was being second-guessed.

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Cape Flats Gangland: Come with me down paradise road

2019-07-16 19:12

The national anti-gang strategy meant to address gangsterism at a street level and focused on "community development, conflict mediation and changing community norms in order to reduce violence and criminality" is not working – but they must keep on keeping on, writes Selene Brophy.

Zuma's state capture argument misses the wood for the trees

2019-07-16 08:58

Jacob Zuma says that we have no discernible definition of state capture, but this is exactly what the Zondo commission is trying to establish, writes Ralph Mathekga.

The turn of the Godfather: Will Zuma speak, sing or spar?

2019-07-15 07:08

Zuma has never owned up to any mistakes, except when his lawyers forced him to take some blame for the Nkandla scandal to avoid impeachment. Don't expect him to enlighten us on where the loot is stashed, writes Adriaan Basson.

State capture commission awaits a star witness – Jacob Zuma

2019-07-14 22:03

Jacob Zuma’s turn to give evidence has arrived. Not only does he deny that state capture exists – he’s called it a fake political tool – he’s also cast himself as a hapless victim.

EXPLAINED: The army will be deployed in Cape Town. Here are the pros and cons

2019-07-12 09:04

Police Minister Bheki Cele announced the army will be deployed to combat crime on the gang-ridden Cape Flats in Cape Town. Under what circumstances is it allowed and what are the risks? Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher in the Crime and Justice Programme at the Institute for Security Studies, explains.

Zuma has two options when he appears before Zondo. History says he'll choose wrong

2019-07-11 21:50

There is no doubt that many people believe Jacob Zuma is incapable of repenting. Will he prove those who think the worst of him right? It is his choice, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

US ice cream challenge sets police's priorities straight

2019-07-11 07:48

Reports tell of the current situation across the US where copy-cats have turned the ice cream licking challenge into a national pastime. All of a sudden, ice cream is being locked away behind refrigerated padlocks, writes Howard Feldman.

EXPLAINED: 5 questions that remain over the PP's report into SARS and Gordhan

2019-07-09 18:30

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has issued her long-awaited report into Pravin Gordhan and the SARS investigative unit. News24 Investigations' Kyle Cowan compares it to other inquiries into the so-called "rogue unit" matter.

Tanzania continues clampdown with new restrictive laws that undermine development

2019-07-10 09:24

Tanzania's human rights comes in the form of sweeping new legislation, rushed through its parliament last week, that places new punitive restrictions on civil society organisations and tourism, writes Paul Mulindwa.

It's lose-lose as Mkhwebane backs Ramaphosa into a corner

2019-07-09 08:16

The Public Protector is acting in a manner that shows that she not only doesn't fear political backlash from her controversial reports, but also does not fear any possibility that Parliament may remove her, writes Ralph Mathekga.

EFF divorce just the boost Maimane needed

2019-07-08 08:17

Still reeling from the DA's decline in electoral support at national level, the DA is ideally placed to open cooperation talks with the ANC in at least Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay, writes Adriaan Basson.

Can Cyril stage a comeback?

2019-07-08 09:20

In football, just as in any sport, it is the games where victory was clawed from the jaws of defeat that get etched into our memories and forever live in our hearts, writes Mondli Makhanya.

Maggots in your mouth? Don't film it

2019-07-07 07:13

One wonders what high horse health department officials were riding when they made statements about an incident in which maggots were found in a patient's mouth, writes Kaveel Singh.

ANALYSIS: Zuma's threats and claims can unleash a firestorm in the ANC

2019-07-16 07:51

Former president Jacob Zuma’s dramatic claims about plots and conspiracies against him could very well threaten to engulf the ANC in a firestorm of witch hunts and retribution if left unchecked and unchallenged.

Zuma delivers heavy blow to already wounded ANC

2019-07-15 19:31

Zuma today has wounded an already fragile ANC. By suggesting that "modern askaris" are behind his downfall, he casts aspersions (and doubts) on a host of current ANC leaders and state apparatchiks, writes Daniel Silke.

Mondli Makhanya: A very rough ride ahead with Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in charge

2019-07-15 01:07

On Thursday this week the president of the US embarked on one of his famed Twitter tirades that went on for three hours.

Traditional respect for women has been lost in this rite of passage

2019-07-11 22:43

Cross-pollination of African and European cultures has seen the former come out last and its value system, especially towards women, distorted and polluted.

Understanding Cape Town's gang problem and why a military crackdown could make things worse

2019-07-14 07:00

Cracking down on the Cape Flats could send Cape gangsters packing for Durban. This is not to say that enforcement can't work – only that it is hard to get right, and easy to get wrong, write Simone Haysom and Mark Shaw.

101 questions Jacob Zuma must answer at the Zondo commission

2019-07-11 21:48

Former president Jacob Zuma is expected to appear in front of the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture on Monday. There are thousands of questions he needs to answer, but these 101 queries will help us understand Zuma and capture in his own words.

ANALYSIS: Gordhan girds for war as he links Mkhwebane and the EFF to capture

2019-07-11 09:18

There is no coming back from Gordhan's accusations of Mkhwebane. He believes – and tells the court as much – that she is hell-bent on removing him from office and that the only beneficiaries of this will be those accused of corruption.

BOOK REVIEW | Shapeshifters, spooks and scoundrels: Exposing Cape Town's grimy underbelly

2019-07-10 12:56

The underworld is designed to deceive and deflect. There've been major shake-ups in the intelligence and policing arenas, some of which are still to be carried out, but it's difficult to eliminate a problem created to shapeshift around scrutiny.

Condoms, wine and birthday cards: Are public figures entitled to privacy?

2019-07-09 15:44

It is important to distinguish between what interests the public and that which is in the public interest. There is a difference, and media outlets often confuse the two in their desperation to keep circulation numbers up, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

FIRST TAKE: Batohi's big call starts reversal of NPA capture

2019-07-09 12:08

NDPP Shamila Batohi made a big call on Tuesday: she withdrew charges against former KZN Hawks boss General Johan Booysen. Mandy Wiener believes this decision is a clear marker on the road to recover the NPA's credibility.

How to make our towns and cities work for us

2019-07-09 05:00

Our economy cannot grow unless there is radical transformation of our socio-economic system to free the human potential of the more than 60% of citizens who are currently living on the dysfunctional margins, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Recover 'blackness' butchered during Zuma years

2019-07-08 05:00

We need a conversation by and for black people. It is time to talk openly about racial reasoning, the bedrock of our own debilitating "what-aboutism", writes Songezo Zibi.

Concourt's increasing jurisprudential incoherence concerning

2019-07-07 11:06

If context matters at all in law, then the context of a corrupted NPA and the need for its reconstruction should alone have justified the assumption of jurisdiction for the Constitutional Court, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

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