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Serjeant at the Bar: High Court judgment not the end of Ernst Roets' problems

2019-09-18 10:37

To a lay reader Judge Lamont's judgment in the Ernst Roets case may appear to be a move to duck a controversial question. However, the relief sought by the NMF was misconceived and the court's approach therefore correct, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

Melanie Verwoerd: South Africa's biggest problem isn't what you think it is

2019-09-18 08:41

The earth is rapidly warming up. As extreme weather events continue, we will see an increase in refugees and migrants – especially into places like South Africa, which would increase xenophobic sentiments, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

OPINION | A world ablaze: declaring a climate emergency

2019-09-17 18:30

The debate of whether climate change is real or not, is passé. Our planet is in crisis and the only fitting response is one of great courage, writes Bukelwa Nzimande.

 
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OPINION: A glimmer of good news on land?

2019-09-18 05:00

As the government drives towards a policy of expropriation without compensation, there is no evidence that it intends anything other than expanding its own power over people's assets as illustrated by the David Rakgase case, writes Terence Corrigan.

Daniel Silke: Ramaphosa to be tested on response to violence

2019-09-17 12:03

Gender-based violence undermines the ANC's social message like few other issues do but also offers a strong political lifeline for Cyril Ramaphosa. Will he take it, asks Daniel Silke.

OPINION: On Malema, free speech and going against the grain of our cultural biographies

2019-09-17 05:00

If we want to travel the great emotional, cultural, racial and political distance that have separated us for centuries, we'll have to learn to speak to one another in a more sophisticated and humane manner, writes Chris Jones.

Clem Sunter | Breaking Futures: The latest attack on Saudi Arabia is a game-changer

2019-09-16 12:39

A war between America and Iran could escalate beyond the borders of Iran and Saudi Arabia and have an enormous impact on the oil market. We are at a tipping point where things cannot go on as they are, writes Clem Sunter.

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Diminishing hope and the meaning of Chester Williams (1970 – 2019)

2019-09-06 20:54

Chester Williams (49) represented everything that we’d hoped we would become when we set out on our democratic journey in 1994. He became the symbol of what could be achieved if everyone were given a chance, and the symbol of redemption for those who were part of a system that sought to suppress and subjugate.

OPINION: SA is making headlines worldwide, and not in a good way

2019-09-11 15:53

The terrible combination of gender-based violence and xenophobia has become an international story. South Africa is trending around Africa and around the world, and not in a good way, writes Howard Feldman.

Melanie Verwoerd: Are we judging President Ramaphosa too harshly?

2019-09-11 09:25

There were totally unrealistic expectations as to what he could have done after becoming president. Ramaphosa inherited a gigantic mess. Yet somehow, many people thought Ramaphosa was going to be a cross between Madiba’s magic and Thabo Mbeki’s Mr Delivery and thus, we were going to see a massive change very quickly, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Pieter du Toit: A disinformation campaign against Shamila Batohi was always going to come

2019-09-10 14:52

A screenshot "showing" that NPA head, advocate Shamila Batohi, allegedly received R1.6m from President Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign is obviously bogus. It is, however, a shot across the bow of Batohi and the National Prosecuting Authority from those who are feeling the heat. And disinformation will be used to muddy the waters, writes Pieter du Toit.

OPINION: How to break the stigma of suicide and other s-words

2019-09-10 06:45

We need public education around mental health, writes Lizette Rabe. And we can begin by breaking the stigma, the silence and the shame around mental ill-health. We need to be much more open about our mental health as it affects our most important organ: our brain.

OPINION: The state has no business administering the death penalty

2019-09-08 07:05

Neither the death penalty, nor a state of emergency can curb the savage violence that society appears to have licensed. Only a restoration of values and an effective state can, writes Ebrahim Fakir.

OPINION: Violence against African women must stop now

2019-09-07 07:30

Africa must end violence toward women now. It can only do this through systemic change that lifts women up and recognises their equal role in society, writes Elsie Kanza.

OPINION: Mugabe was no revolutionary. He was obsessed with power and control

2019-09-06 12:06

Robert Mugabe will not be remembered as the freedom fighter who helped liberate Zimbabwe, but as a man who whose 40 years in power was anything but admirable, writes Melusi Nkomo.

Mandy Wiener: Hewitt parole fiasco demonstrates how the system fails victims

2019-09-16 09:00

While the government and the president have been at pains to show that they care about gender based violence, they have failed to demonstrate that the system works for targets of rape and sexual assault, writes Mandy Wiener.

Kevin Malunga: Lessons from Robert Mugabe's misrule and how not to run a country

2019-09-09 17:15

Those that have experienced the misrule and tyranny of Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe have a duty to correct the false eulogies and hagiographies now being peddled about that country's former president. And the only lesson to learn form Mugabe is how not to run a country, writes Kevin Malunga.

ANALYSIS: A rare showing of the presidential spine as Ramaphosa refuses to bow to pressure on death penalty.

2019-09-05 22:13

It would have been the easy route for President Cyril Ramaphosa to regain some brownie points by heeding the calls for the reinstatement of the death penalty and declaring a state of emergency. Instead, he showed some seldom-displayed presidential backbone and skirted these issues.

OPINION | A new narrative could tackle anti-migrant crisis in South Africa

2019-09-12 06:03

Government, police, immigration officials and ordinary South Africans contribute to the normalisation of criminal and xenophobic attitudes among South African citizens and migrants, writes Cuthbeth Tagwirei.

OPINION: Are we so desensitised that we think it's OK for girls to be brutalised for protesting against brutality

2019-09-11 06:07

News24's deputy video editor Aletta Harrison covered the protests against gender violence in Cape Town last week, and writes about her shock when she realised how state machinery is used against those who need the state's protection.

Mamphela Ramphele: Do we have a permissive atmosphere for lawlessness in South Africa?

2019-09-10 12:37

In African culture, we are often stopped in our tracks and compelled to go into a reflective mode when things seem to fall apart, writes Mamphela Ramphele. How does a society which has human rights embedded in its Constitution, and one that prides itself in Ubuntu, find itself in an atmosphere that permits lawlessness?

Serjeant at the Bar: Can the death penalty assist in reducing the current levels of violent crime?

2019-09-09 10:44

With a generally incompetent police force, and very limited detective and DNA capacity, the death penalty will do little to protect those who live in this country, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

OPINION: Mugabe's legacy remains alive and it must be defeated

2019-09-08 08:33

Robert Mugabe's legacy is complex and contested. He wasn't only the tyrant and the despot, nor only the freedom fighter and the educator. But he wanted power and all costs, and the legacy he leaves behind must be defeated, writes Doug Coltart.

OPINION: Mugabe remained defiant on land until the very end

2019-09-06 13:46

The elephant in the room remains Robert Mugabe's land policy, argues Liesl Louw-Vaudran. Was it a heroic battle against the neocolonial west that could have worked out, given more time and resources? Or was it merely a ploy to stay in power despite an ailing economy?

OPINION: The week South Africa failed its people

2019-09-06 09:44

As thousands gathered in front of the National Assembly to protest, hundreds of police used barbed wire to protect the sacred World Economic Forum at the convention centre. This is not my cause. I am but an ally, writes James de Villiers.

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