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Why the Zondo commission needs to pick up the pace

2018-09-18 19:00

South Africans are being reminded daily that Zuma may have left office, but that he still is capable of muddying the waters. The commission needs to act as swiftly as it can, writes Richard Calland.

Incoming CT mayor Plato has colourful history with informants, intelligence

2018-09-18 14:32

A high-ranking police officer has previously accused Cape Town mayoral candidate Dan Plato of using public funds to pay informants and of conducting intelligence operations in his capacity as MEC for Community Safety in the Western Cape.

There is reason for hope

2018-09-18 07:04

The days until next year's general election will be dark and stormy. But there is reason for hope, writes Max du Preez.

Read Standard Bank's full statement to Zondo commission

2018-09-17 17:49

Standard Bank's Ian Sinton has detailed how they had faced pressure from the ANC and Cabinet ministers to rescind their decision to close the Gupta-linked Oakbay group's accounts. Read the full statement.

Land: Guarding against single story narratives

2018-09-17 13:15

When assessing our ancestors' choices, we need to look at the deeds in the era that they occurred in and not judge them by today's environment. And that is the heart of the problem.

 
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On non-racialism and freedom of speech - lessons from Germany

2018-09-18 09:15

Non-racialism is a potential future that we'll realise only if we work towards it with our daily private and public thoughts, behaviours and actions, writes Andani Thakhathi.

The strange strategic choices of the DA

2018-09-18 06:41

DA leader Mmusi Maimane's possible decision to become the DA's candidate for premier of the Western Cape could open the party up for even more internal conflict, analysts say.

State capture and Standard Bank: ANC emerges as the main accused

2018-09-17 15:20

How could the ANC not be on trial at the commission of inquiry into state capture? The organisation, its leaders and its deployees to government all were seemingly in service of the Guptas' shadow state, Pieter du Toit argues.

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Can the ANCYL be saved from the politics of money?

2018-09-17 11:15

We can’t have an ANCYL that is led by those who think it is their time to eat. We need young people who still have a revolutionary consciousness and not those who rather want to live a lavish lifestyle, writes Rebone Tau.

South Africans come off second best as politicians play havoc with coalitions

2018-09-17 09:26

If political parties don’t learn lessons from their current coalition partnerships, ordinary citizens will suffer while politicians engage in a game of chess to secure power, writes Joleen Steyn Kotze.

A chance or curse for labour

2018-09-16 10:29

Never before has it become so compelling for organised labour to stand up with one voice and participate in shaping the 4IR, writes Frans Baleni.

Editorial: What is wrong with us?

2018-09-16 10:29

What is wrong with us? This is the question we should all try to answer as a nation after the release of the crime statistics this week.

Clothes don’t always maketh the politician

2018-09-16 06:03

Politicians embark on their journey knowing full well that once they are players in the game, their lives become public, writes Dumisane Lubisi.

SA resembles 1960s bathed in blood

2018-09-16 06:03

The metaphor of the “Benoni phenomena” carried in City Press two Sundays back remains incomplete, and the story has to be concluded, writes Pali Lehohla.

Mondli Makhanya: The fly in the ointment

2018-09-16 06:03

With the sunny seasons now upon us, we’ll have to deal with that perennial problem of irritating flies buzzing about, writes Mondli Makhanya.

Time to reconsider Van Zyl Slabbert electoral reforms

2018-09-14 08:57

There has been much talk in the media recently about the electoral system and the related question whether its reform might not produce a more accountable democracy, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

ANC, EFF policy differences on land expropriation hinders constitutional amendment

2018-09-13 10:08

The policy differences of the ANC and the EFF suggest that a constitutional amendment will not succeed – unless either party is willing to bend over backwards to accommodate the other, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

'AfriForum is taking us to the edge of the abyss'

2018-09-12 09:44

It is not the ANC or EFF that is bringing this country to the edge of the abyss, it is organisations such as AfriForum, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

State capture is much bigger than the Guptas

2018-09-11 12:29

The revelations about controversial firm Bosasa have led some to believe that they might be considered "the new Guptas". Not so. They've been around forever, writes Adriaan Basson.

Career guidance is the key to economic development

2018-09-11 07:00

I firmly believe that inspiration for future success starts in the home and we should encourage our young people to have infinite ambitions, writes Panyaza Lesufi.

Editorial independence is sacrosanct - Esmaré Weideman

2018-09-10 12:21

Esmaré Weideman, 56, is the iron fist in the velvet glove who has been running South Africa's biggest media company for the past eight years. She retires after 33 years in the business.

Getting to the bottom of what happened on Bird Island

2018-09-10 07:05

When The Lost Boys of Bird Island hit shelves in August it dug up a painful part of South Africa's history barely hidden under the past 23 years' efforts to restore the dignity of its people.

Reassess affirmative action policy

2018-09-17 08:17

Government must assess how it has framed affirmative action programmes in the last decade or so to determine if the problem is with affirmative action as such, or the way policies have been crafted, writes Ralph Mathekga.

OPEN LETTER: Dear Mr President, these are the untold stories of my community

2018-09-16 06:32

Dear Mr President, when I saw you I wished I could whisper into your ear the daily sufferings of the community of Magagamatala and nearby villages in Limpopo, writes Kgabo Seopa to Cyril Ramaphosa.

Of coalitions and electoral numbers

2018-09-16 10:29

Nothing has demonstrated a turning point in South African politics more than the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and DA’s non-coalition or alliance in three metros following the 2016 local government elections, writes Anele Mtwesi.

Editorial: Make scientific research matter

2018-09-16 10:29

Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane spoke out this week about the tendency of government to be quick to sacrifice money set aside for research and use it for other purposes.

Like Biko's, their souls do not rest

2018-09-16 06:03

It is a shame that our president is willing to turn his back on fellow trade unionists while mine workers and their families suffer, writes Julian Kunnie.

Public service is a call to serve people

2018-09-16 10:29

Public service originates from the need to serve the people. The people choose a government to run public affairs on their behalf and for their benefit, writes Sisa Mlisana.

Trump, the gift that keeps on giving

2018-09-16 06:03

Following a few “promising” summits, Brics has failed to live up to all the hype of a new global player contesting the status quo of the world political economy, writes Ntokozo Mthombeni.

Zuma insults us

2018-09-14 09:29

Dear former president Jacob Zuma. As a law graduate, I watched with marvel your eloquent and technically sound exposition of what a state is, writes Mfesane Siboto.

Why Ramaphosa's address to the Jewish community is important

2018-09-13 13:36

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the community was a critical one that noted the Jewish contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle and the value that Jews have added to every “crevice” of South African society, writes Howard Feldman.

ANC's response to recession drawn from lessons of 2009

2018-09-12 09:00

Issues within the ANC leadership, that have been raising public controversy, have been minimised and society is being mobilised behind a clear program flowing from Luthuli House, writes Ndabezinhle Sibiya.

The conflict within the ANC

2018-09-11 11:44

The ANC's flirtation with cheap populist politics comes from the Zuma camp and has already exacted a heavy toll on our economy, writes Max du Preez.

A different time, a different place

2018-09-10 13:36

In 1994, when millions of South Africans lined up to cast their ballots, there was something in the air – an expectation of a new horizon, a democratic dispensation that would essentially break the shackles of poverty, inequality and exclusion, writes Cecyl Esau.

Bosasa's big brother bonanza

2018-09-10 08:29

Those who have been implicated in the Bosasa big brother bonanza (BBBB) have admitted to various things. It all began with Smith offering an explanation that would really offend primary school children, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Please, hear people's cry for help

2018-09-09 12:39

People need not destroy public property to get attention from government, writes Kgabo Maditodi.

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