BEST OF OPINIONS: Helen Zille should retire graciously

2017-06-06 17:48

Dear Helen, please call it off

I know you are a fighter, otherwise you would not have achieved so much as a journalist, an activist and a politician.

But sometimes a real fighter’s best option is to retreat, to stand back, because even if you win the upcoming battle, you will be the biggest loser, writes Max du Preez.

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Dear Shaun Abrahams, now's your chance to do the right thing

In our view, the serious nature of the state capture allegations against the Gupta family, President Zuma and others within our government departments and state-owned entities, requires that as the head of the NPA, you should ensure proper investigations and full prosecution of these matters are undertaken. The sheer size and nature of this matter places the attention of this case squarely at your feet, writes Wayne Duvenage.

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The heart of the revolution

The heart of a national democratic revolution is a bottom-up surge of human spirit, not a top-down process of command and control. It rises like a bubble to the surface; it does not sink like a stone to the floor.  

The French, American, Russian, Chinese and Cuban Revolutions prove this. Yes, you need charismatic leaders as a trigger; but there has to be a groundswell of support from citizens who feel empowered to overturn the status quo. And they do so.

I am not for one moment suggesting that we need a military revolution in South Africa because we have a perfectly reasonable democracy and Constitution. However, we do need a revolution in the way we go about our daily lives. Specifically, we need to hold people who do important things for us accountable for their actions, writes Clem Sunter.

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