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OPINION: Forget 'becoming' – as women let's embrace 'unbecoming'

2019-08-25 07:00

Confident and tough are out of the question, but when we show emotion, then we're over-sensitive and weak. Let's not respond by becoming what the world thinks is acceptable, writes Heidi Matisonn.

OPINION: Will anti-immigration populism be the death of South Africa's democracy?

2019-08-25 07:00

One wonders what advantage leaders derive from invoking issues of identity and nationality in dealing with criminal elements, except to incite xenophobic and Afrophobic sentiments from innocent citizens, writes Zenzo Moyo.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela: Only ANC caucus can give SA a public protector who is fit and proper

2019-08-23 06:00

The ANC caucus will for the first time since the sixth Parliament was inaugurated, deliberate on an issue that has far-reaching implications for our democracy: the removal from office of the Public Protector, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

OPINION: Hate speech cannot be disentangled from its violent consequences

2019-08-22 10:32

Propagating speech that wounds, that fuels and legitimises bigotry, and that labels certain people unworthy of the protection of the law, should face legal sanction, writes Melanie Judge.

 
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OPINION: Why an IMF intervention might not be a bad thing for South Africa

2019-08-23 05:30

In the absence of a credible opposition party with sufficient electoral power to challenge the ANC, perhaps the IMF is best placed to help the ANC to discover 21st century economic consciousness, writes Ayabulela Dlakavu.

Pieter du Toit: The old flag and the unbearable whiteness of being AfriForum

2019-08-22 14:28

The old flag was the product of attempts to unify white South Africa, to the exclusion of black South Africans, something which Roets and AfriForum have difficulty understanding, never mind admit, writes Pieter du Toit.

Edwin Cameron: The fight for our constitutional values is now urgent more than ever

2019-08-22 10:39

After nearly eleven years here, what strikes me as most enduring about this Court is its commitment to the future – to our country’s future, to our people’s future, writes Edwin Cameron.

OPINION: Changing the narrative of the 'new dawn' and corruption in South Africa

2019-08-21 15:50

Though understandable, the constant discussion about South Africa's problems risks cementing an image of South Africa as perhaps one of the most corrupt countries in the world, writes Thembinkosi Gcoyi.

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OPINION: Repression and dialogue in Zimbabwe: twin strategies that aren't working

2019-08-22 08:44

Emmerson Mnangagwa's strategy of coercion and dialogue has hit a series of hurdles. These include the continued opposition by the MDC and on-going scepticism of international players about the regime's so-called reformist narrative, writes Brian Raftopoulos.

OPINION | Arms Deal whistleblowers: Judgment setting aside Seriti findings will have profound impact on SA politics

2019-08-21 12:40

The decision by the court on the Seriti commission is the result of tireless efforts by civil society. It shows that impunity and cover-ups do not work, write Andrew Feinstein, Paul Holden and Hennie van Vuuren.

OPINION: Cameron put openness ahead of his position so we could all learn from it

2019-08-21 07:34

The story of your life that you shared with us is a true example of epitome of openness. You revealed to us as a nation your personal circumstances at a time when it was not easy to do so, writes Lutendo Sigogo.

Ralph Mathekga: One year later, Zondo deserves a Bell's!

2019-08-20 08:16

The dignity of the commission has been held up by Zondo's personal approach to the process. Even the most reluctant witness could not gather the rudeness to withdraw from the commission, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Mamphela Ramphele: Saving SA from the 'abandoned child complex'

2019-08-20 08:26

The problems confronting us can be successfully dealt with if we return to the source of our founding as a nation, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

OPINION: Like the women of 1956, we are breaking our silence

2019-08-19 11:17

Tedious seminars and workshops by government and announcements of how the country plans to empower women moving forward is not enough. Action is needed, writes Nomafrench Mbombo.

EXTRACT | The Bosasa Billions: Bosasa goes to war

2019-08-18 07:00

Bosasa pulled every po­litical lever at its disposal. After the final SIU report was submitted in 2009, it took the company only a day or two to get its hands on the confidential document.

OPINION: Women the biggest losers in Mashaba's Johannesburg

2019-08-17 09:00

The City of Johannesburg needs a mayor who will not pay lip service when it comes to women empowerment, but provide a clear roadmap for ensuring that more women get opportunities in the City of Johannesburg, writes Loyiso Masuku.

ANALYSIS: 'Inept and negligent' Mkhwebane causing serious damage to her office

2019-08-16 12:29

Inept, negligent and contemptuous of taxpayers. The credibility and reputation of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was on Thurday dealt another blow when the Gauteng High Court made a personal costs order against her – the second in as many weeks. A parliamentary inquiry cannot be far off.

The coming chaos: Mcebisi Jonas on growth, jobs and the lack of national obsessions

2019-08-16 06:00

It's becoming common cause, but South Africa cannot afford to delay making the big decisions any longer. But, Mcebisi Jonas, who was fired as deputy minister of finance by then president Jacob Zuma during the height of state capture, says it's too early to judge President Cyril Ramaphosa.

OPINION: Diversion – the weapon of mass deception used by the fight-back brigade

2019-08-22 08:24

The beneficiaries of state capture have re-grouped and are using a diversion strategy to redirect the attention of the people from the real issues confronting the ANC and the country, writes Thami Ntenteni.

ANALYSIS: Arms deal judgment unlikely to reopen Mbeki-era prosecutions

2019-08-21 14:08

It is now safe to say that Seriti's inquiry was a whitewash and probably designed to be that way from the start, when former president Jacob Zuma – who himself benefited from the deal – appointed Seriti.

Kumi Naidoo: On Hendrik Verwoerd and why we should be outraged by the state of education in SA

2019-08-21 09:01

If Verwoerd were alive today, the terrible truth is that he would be happy to see how his legacy is still driving inequality and causing suffering for the majority of South Africa's children, writes Kumi Naidoo.

Melanie Verwoerd: CR17 accusations – A dangerous race to the bottom

2019-08-20 22:29

Instead of dealing with the issues plaguing the country such as unemployment, service delivery and the various SOE meltdowns, the politicians are like a pack of hyenas tearing this country apart, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

OPINION: What Team CR17 needs to do to get ahead of its PR nightmare

2019-08-20 14:01

Those who already have problems with Ramaphosa are rubbing their hands in glee at what they see as reinforcement that he is a captured president - captured by those who funded his campaign, writes Chris Vick.

OPINION: Cronin's zigzagging facilitates the counter revolution in the ANC

2019-08-20 11:43

Jeremy Cronin, who calls himself a revolutionary, has gone out of his way to use his standing in the broad democratic movement to help facilitate the advance of the counter revolution, writes Thami Ntenteni.

Mzwandile Masina: ANC must reject the death of principle

2019-08-19 22:35

The leaks on the CR17 campaign funds have demonstrated a death of principle within our organisation, the ANC, which we must refuse to accept as the new normal, writes Mzwandile Masina.

EXTRACT | Against All Odds: The epic story of the Oceanos rescue

2019-08-20 10:29

Michael helped his family struggle aboard Lifeboat 3 with a throng of about 30 other women and children. The next moment they were joined by 12 crew who pushed passengers aside and jostled among themselves to get aboard.

7 simple steps to spot fake news

2019-08-17 07:20

Despite its increasing notoriety, fake news has been around since the early days of print media. Some fake news articles are easier to spot than others. Here are some tips to help you distinguish fact from fiction.

OPINION: Why the EFF's threat to the judiciary is a threat to our democracy

2019-08-19 09:28

We as a nation should not allow threats to our democracy to continue without rage and disdain. We should not allow populists to shape our understanding of that which protects us most, writes Bouwer van Niekerk.

Adriaan Basson: Connecting the dots of the Zupta fightback

2019-08-19 07:01

The actors enabling Jacob Zuma and the Guptas to have their way are desperate to divert attention away from their own sins to whatever mud they can throw at Cyril Ramaphosa, writes Adriaan Basson.

OPINION: Cronin attack of Zille virtue signalling at its worst

2019-08-17 07:00

There is no connection between Zille and Zuma. Zille is entitled to have an opinion, and her opinion will carry weight as we see the ANC/SACP marching us further down the road of NDR to perfect communism, writes Sara Gon.

EXTRACT | Zephany: You think you know a person. Especially your own mother, right?

2019-08-16 11:03

Zephany Nurse thought she knew her mother. Until her mother turned out not to be her mother. She, who had always only known herself as one Miché Solomon, was in fact a whole other person altogether.

Daniel Silke: 5 crucial tests for the ANC that could make or break us

2019-08-16 05:00

Despite some internal ANC support for the president, Ramaphosa remains at the helm of a very unstable ship. Over the next few months, there are at least five flashpoints which are likely to test ANC unity to the hilt.

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