Melanie Verwoerd

Mr President, should we not rather sweat the small stuff?

2019-06-26 08:02

Before we build a new city, should we not perhaps first fix the potholes in our roads and get the traffic lights in Johannesburg to work, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Why Ramaphosa can't remove Magashule

2019-06-12 05:00

Any step against Ace Magashule would have to be carefully considered by the broader collective in the ANC NEC and NWC, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Tiananmen Square 30 years on: SA has a lot to be thankful for

2019-06-05 17:00

In the early hours tanks rolled towards the square. The students tried to block the entrance. A stand-off pursued. Then the tanks fired, mowing down row after row of students, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

10 points of advice for new MPs

2019-05-22 05:00

Speak out when things go wrong. The oath you will make today is to serve the country and its people – not your political party. Honour that, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

What the difference between 60% and 55% of the vote will mean for Ramaphosa

2019-04-10 09:03

While it is not easy to oust a sitting ANC president outside of the party's national conference held every five years, it is possible. The question is: Can the Zuma-ites do it, asks Melanie Verwoerd.

Will politicians play by the rules this election? It doesn't look like it

2019-03-27 08:03

Guarding the hard-fought for and fragile democratic process is far more important than the outcome of that process, writes Melanie Verwoerd.



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Mabuza delivers fatal blow to ANC integrity commission

2019-05-29 06:00

Why did David Mabuza choose to wait until the day of the swearing in of MPs to announce that he was going to clear his name? If he had acted immediately he would've had more than a month to clear his name, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Will the ANC's election result keep Ramaphosa safe?

2019-05-10 10:12

The ANC has pulled off another election victory. But the big question is what the outcome will mean for President Cyril Ramaphosa and whether it will be good enough to keep him safe within the ANC, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The ANC list could hold real danger for Ramaphosa post elections

2019-04-03 08:21

As the ANC list stands at the moment, Ramaphosa will face a hostile caucus when Parliament returns after the elections with about 53% of the top 120 being former Zuma-ites, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

My f*k, ANC!

2019-03-20 05:00

The central message from the president is that there is a new sheriff in town who will not tolerate any corruption. The problem is that this is starting to sound pretty hollow, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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The DA has a plan for the NCOP, but do the numbers add up?

2019-02-27 08:43

Using the NCOP may be a clever sounding strategy by the DA to gain more votes in especially Gauteng, but even if they do win three provinces it is unlikely to have any major effect, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Punish EFF MPs harshly who hit police officer

2019-02-13 07:48

Members of Parliament are supposed to set an example and we can not create a situation where people – especially young people – think it is OK to hit people when you don't like what they say, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Who will win the Western Cape?

2019-01-30 09:03

Although the national ballot is rather easy to predict, the outcome in some of the provinces is far less certain and thus also much more interesting, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

ANC manifesto a patchwork of unrealistic dreams

2019-01-16 08:26

By presenting this smorgasbord of promises the ANC did little to create certainty for investors, which is desperately needed to create economic growth, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Degrees for MPs? What arrogant nonsense!

2018-12-05 07:56

There is absolutely no correlation between those who are good and conscientious servants of the people who elected them, and university degrees, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Fearmongering shows DA's growing desperation

2018-11-21 06:51

The DA's fearmongering is a thinly disguised attempt to distract from the party's lack of coherence and disastrous year of infighting, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The ANC's big fight: Countering EFF populism

2018-11-07 07:03

President Cyril Ramaphosa must deliver a big majority for the ANC in the next election to survive politically. The question is how he can do this while countering the populist narrative of the EFF, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

What if SA went dark and silent for a day?

2019-03-06 08:22

Imagine the goodwill that could be created if we had an annual day of silence in South Africa. Many families might just lay down the hatchet, but more importantly it could be cathartic on a collective level, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Sinister motives behind Lekota's attack on Ramaphosa

2019-02-20 08:41

The idea of someone somewhere giving a signal for a coordinated campaign to damage the country and especially the president to start, is terrifying, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

When did the state become so cruel?

2019-02-06 08:27

It is the uncaring and cruel disposition by so many in positions of power and influence that is destroying our nation one cash-filled Louis Vuitton handbag at a time, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

DA billboard a shameful act of political opportunism

2019-01-23 08:58

The DA's billboard listing the names of the Life Esidimeni victims was a shameful, insensitive act of political opportunism, made worse by the inability to admit to the hurt and offence caused, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Voters are never powerless – despite our electoral system

2018-12-12 08:32

Undeniably, voters have a far bigger say in a first-past-the-post electoral system. But in a country like ours such a system would have seen the ANC getting close to all the seats in Parliament, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Why voting for Ramaphosa is about reality – not ideology

2018-11-28 07:25

For the sake of the country, we need a president who has a strong public mandate to move forward with decisiveness and courage, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

From Trump to Mboweni, it's hands off the media!

2018-11-14 08:23

Politicians need to make peace with the fact that journalists cannot and must not report only about the good and nice side of politicians and politics, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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