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The time is ripe for a massive corruption clean-up campaign

2019-01-22 08:45

We cannot afford to wait for new appointments at the Hawks and the NPA to find their feet and for more expert staff to be recruited. It's crunch time in South Africa, we need to move faster, writes Max du Preez.

Bosasa, Esidimeni outrage exposes our disengagement

2019-01-22 08:16

There is no agenda against your favourite people. But there is a disengaged citizen who does not react when he or she is first told about a brewing injustice, writes Redi Tlhabi.

How Bosasa's bribes mutilated South Africa's Constitution

2019-01-22 07:45

When the Bosasa wolves started paying bribes to members of parliament, the Constitution of our country was trampled on, dragged into the mud and left for dead.

Western Cape by-elections: DA has reason to worry, ANC must pull up its socks

2019-01-21 18:00

The DA has reason to be seriously worried ahead of the elections coming up in May, while the ANC needs to pull up its socks if it wants to capitalise on the DA's loosened grip on the Western Cape.

Guarding against the 'Bosasa effect'

2019-01-21 11:19

Bosasa and the Guptas are no different from each other; they only happen to be competitors in a corrupt political economy, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Is this why Bosasa was never prosecuted?

2019-01-21 08:05

If it is possible for criminals to buy their way out of going to court, the criminal justice system will collapse, and rogues will further abuse the law to their own benefit, writes Adriaan Basson.

 
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Tackling the resilience of racism in 2019

2019-01-22 06:01

We have to acknowledge that we have normalised ongoing privilege for the minority acquired at the expense of the majority of our society, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

BOOK REVIEW: Books paint contrasting pictures of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

2019-01-21 08:12

Writings on South African liberation struggle icon Winnie Mandela almost all fall into one of two categories – either hagiography or demonology, writes Keith Gottschalk.

Hugh Lewin: South African journalist, author, militant and prisoner

2019-01-21 08:50

Hugh Lewin, who provided a unique voice on the South African story over many decades as militant, prisoner, journalist, author and much else, has died in Johannesburg at the age of 79.

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Reconsidering deployment and the place of politics in public service

2019-01-20 07:00

Strategic roles in government have in the past been used as a reward mechanism for those who support the president or some sort of loyalty retainer. This has to change, writes Thembinkosi Gcoyi.

Responsible consumption and production: Why less is better

2019-01-19 08:00

At our current levels of consumption, we are already using up more resources than what the earth can replace. This will only increase in the coming years, writes Doris Viljoen.

Bosasa and I

2019-01-18 06:00

The inaction to act against Bosasa for over a decade by South Africa's law enforcement agencies is appalling. They should be subjected to the same level of wrath as KPMG for helping the Guptas cook their books, writes Adriaan Basson.

Why Agrizzi is spilling the beans now

2019-01-18 06:00

One of the biggest questions surrounding the testimony of former Bosasa director Angelo Agrizzi at the state capture commission of inquiry is why: Why is Agrizzi taking the risk to reveal all?

School thieves are stealing our children's education

2019-01-17 09:11

I am appalled and galled by burglaries, break-ins and vandalism at some of our provincial schools, the latest being Menzi Primary School in Tsakane, writes Panyaza Lesufi.

Brexit uncertainty: What next for SA?

2019-01-16 14:11

Several scenarios face South Africa amid uncertainty over Britain leaving the European Union, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, which could affect both trade and SA companies operating in the UK.

Whose slogan is it anyway? Let's not turn freedom into fee-dom

2019-01-16 12:01

The real problem with the DA's whining about the ANC "stealing" its slogan is what it says about the party's views on ownership, particularly intellectual ownership, writes Glenn Bownes.

'Colour blindism' is a poisoned chalice

2019-01-16 10:55

The racial incidents of the recent past that have captured headlines expose shocking levels of intolerance among different race groups on the basis of culture and religion, writes Zizi Kodwa.

ANC policy: More continuity than change

2019-01-15 12:03

A state that can struggle to distribute drivers' licences, or to maintain roads and water systems is hardly an ideal candidate to reconfigure society, and judiciously manage the property rights of its citizens, writes Terence Corrigan.

The people cannot eat manifestos

2019-01-15 08:53

Are statements and manifestos enough to win the confidence and the hearts of the masses of South Africa who continue to suffer from poverty and inequality? asks Mcebo Dlamini.

Open letter to Minister Derek Hanekom

2019-01-14 10:57

Despite our many differences, I believe we are all committed to a shared value that Johannesburg and all other cities in our country should be in an impeccable state of cleanliness, writes Herman Mashaba.

Do we expect Mbeki to explain his lack of interest in Zuma?

2019-01-14 09:01

Whatever the reasons might be behind Thabo Mbeki's alleged stalling of a council of elders, the reality is that the former president is now expected to explain why he won't serve with Jacob Zuma, writes Ralph Mathekga.

In response to Herman Mashaba on Joburg's state of cleanliness

2019-01-20 07:00

Residents expect waste management service levels to be met and clean up campaigns that are mere public engagements cannot be a substitute for proper waste management, write Trish Hanekom and Washington Nyabeze.

How a Nazi legal theory is threatening constitutional democracy today

2019-01-18 09:18

The recent revival of a theory that asserts that only the leader can claim to know when the State is threatened and needs an exceptional decision, poses a threat to countries world wide, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

When the consigliere sings: What to do with Angelo Agrizzi?

2019-01-18 06:00

When an insider who is complicit and guilty of committing crimes themselves decides to turn on his partners, what do you do with their evidence, asks Mandy Wiener.

EXPLAINER: Who are al-Shabaab attackers of Kenya hotel?

2019-01-17 10:09

The overnight attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi that left 14 dead was quickly claimed by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab. Who are the al-Shabaab attackers of the hotel in Kenya's capital?

How the ANC lost its lustre

2019-01-17 11:00

A party alienated from intellectuals and the middle class and which has lost most of its talented youth leadership, is clearly on a downward path, writes Steven Friedman.

Death to the author and identity politics

2019-01-16 19:00

Identity politics is an intellectually lazy game to play. It reduces discussion and contemplation as it focusses on the participants and not the debate, writes Howard Feldman.

Zimbabwe crisis: What you need to know

2019-01-16 13:53

Zimbabwe's anti-government protest strike has entered day three with streets, particularly in Harare, said to be deserted. Here is what you need to know.

Angelo Agrizzi is pulling the plug on Bosasa: Why you should care

2019-01-16 10:40

Angelo Agrizzi's testimony is bound to be explosive, and will implicate dozens of top government officials at the department of correctional services and justice among others, and even former president Jacob Zuma himself.

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.

STATEMENT: 'Do not be sorry for me – I will not surrender' – Schweizer-Reneke teacher

2019-01-15 17:51

I will fight. I will make sure that what happened to me will never happen to any other teacher. I owe it to my own class, my colleagues and every child in South Africa who needs good teachers.

Seeing through the Ramaphosa/Zuma bromance

2019-01-15 08:13

The fake bromance between Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma is like a third rate soap opera. The plot is not credible, the dialogue is weak and the actors are pathetic, writes Max du Preez.

Cheat sheet for VCs running universities in turbulent times

2019-01-14 14:24

My long tenure in higher education has taught me that there’s additional knowledge that’s useful for a university leader to have, particularly in these turbulent times facing higher education.

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