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Antjie Krog: FW de Klerk never had any moral intention, and he left us behind as white kansvatters

2020-02-21 12:36

For FW de Klerk political reforms and reconciliation was never about moral intention, but always about political strategy, writes acclaimed author Antjie Krog. He has become the failed unrepentant face of white people.

The repentant nationalist: Apartheid crimes are for my account, says Leon Wessels who served in FW de Klerk’s Cabinet

2020-02-21 06:00

FW de Klerk's statement that apartheid was not a crime against humanity led to a firestorm and has damaged the former president’s legacy, perhaps fatally. Leon Wessels, who served in De Klerk's Cabinet vehemently disagrees with the former president, and says apartheid's crimes are his crimes, he tells Pieter du Toit.

OPINION: Why we should believe in South Africa again

2020-02-21 15:20

Do not expect to start having hope for South Africa when the reforms take place, because the reforms will never be enough, and the corruption will always too much, writes James de Villiers.

OPINION | Tazne van Wyk's murder: Mr President, the streets of the Cape Flats are bleeding

2020-02-21 05:00

Mr. President, I’m pleading with you to give us not just hope but to take real action because we marched in 2019; there have been many campaigns around GBV yet today Mr. President we lost another soul, an 8-year-old girl who lived two streets away from me, writes Danya Goosen.

 
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OPINION | Eskom: More than a failing SOE

2020-02-21 16:26

The nettle must be grasped and the bloated labour force that imperils efficiency and economic sustainability in the utility addressed. Eskom has more than 48 000 workers on its payroll, writes Ghaleb Cachalia.

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Mbhazima Shilowa: It's up to the Budget to provide hope after diabolical SONA

2020-02-20 06:00

Insofar as the SONA focuses on broad issues, it is cold comfort for those in Giyani, Metsimaholo, Polokwane who have no water because there has been no investment in infrastructure, writes Mbhazima Shilowa.

OPINION | Ramaphosa’s AU chairmanship will be a challenge, but he and Africa can learn from Trump

2020-02-19 12:08

In its promotion of economic integration, Ramaphosa's AU can play a big role in encouraging fellow African countries to pursue pro-market reforms, writes Phumlani M. Majozi.

OPINION: What should South Africans make of FW de Klerk’s apology?

2020-02-18 02:54

Accepting the apology would be premised on consistency and the resolve to promote social cohesion and nation building. After all, Africans in general and South Africans, in particular, are a forgiving people, writes Bheki R Mngomezulu.

Wilhelm Verwoerd | FW de Klerk saga: facing the dehumanisation of apartheid

2020-02-18 02:41

It is about learning to not follow the lead of people like FW De Klerk, by insisting from a place of racialised comfort that "it is time to move on, to stop talking about apartheid", writes

FW DE KLERK | Analysts Mathekga, Verwoerd and Mngomezulu on reconciliation, redemption and retribution

2020-02-18 07:00

De Klerk's foundation issued an apology on Monday, a retrospective mea culpa of sorts that some may suggest was delivered in response to the collective spleen venting by South Africans rather than an overnight ideological turnaround seeing-of-the-light catharsis.

Mandy Wiener: A country waiting for Ramaphosa - SONA was a reflection of real state of the nation

2020-02-18 05:41

They're so busy trying to keep the unions on-side, keep business confident and not tip the other half of the ANC off the edge, that leading the country is a precarious balancing act, writes Mandy Wiener.

OPINION: Ramaphosa must rebuild trust In the public service

2020-02-17 13:29

What does it say to all of us to see on the benches of Parliament men and women whose names are tracked all over the Zondo commission, continuing to be our public representatives? writes Mbongiseni Buthelezi.

Herman Mashaba: The solutions to fixing South Africa lie with redressing our past

2020-02-16 10:00

But, 26 years on, the ANC can’t blame the Apartheid government for the poor quality of our education system, rampant corruption, state capture, collapse of our SOEs and destruction of our economy, writes Herman Mashaba.

ANALYSIS | Captured and constrained: Ramaphosa goes from ruthless to rudderless

2020-02-14 06:00

There’s no doubt President Cyril Ramaphosa knows precisely what the biggest threats to the national turnaround efforts are. He spelled it out on Thursday night in his address to the joint sitting of the National Assembly. But he remains captured by party dogma and constrained by indecision, writes Pieter du Toit.

Mbhazima Shilowa | SONA: New dawn? More like dusk is setting

2020-02-13 06:00

Do I believe that the president is capable of rising to the challenge? It is not for me to say. He went to the people asking them to back him and promising to turn the ship around in return, writes Mbhazima Shilowa.

OPINION | Do we really need another hero leader or do we need to step up ourselves?

2020-02-12 13:07

The rise of the hero leader around the world - strongmen who promise to be able to rescue their followers from difficult circumstances - is driving a wedge between citizens and undermining democratic institutions, writes Babar Dharani.

Melanie Verwoerd: 30 years on … maybe we can (briefly) celebrate how far we've come?

2020-02-12 06:00

There is sometimes the inclination to accuse those like Madiba and Roelf Meyer of selling out. But imagine where we would have been if the negotiated settlement had not succeeded, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

OPINION: Overcoming resistance to social justice

2020-02-20 14:13

Social justice discourses become contaminated if some are made mouth-dead. Without a diversity of views justice is not served optimally, writes Nico Koopman.

Melanie Verwoerd: The EFF, Marike de Klerk and years of parliamentary chaos

2020-02-19 06:00

Let me be clear, I am not a fan of FW de Klerk. Never was, never will be. He also does not like me. I know it, because he has told me so. Something to do with being a sell-out, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Mamphela Ramphele: Existential threat from climate change presents a historic opportunity

2020-02-18 10:07

Our country has an opportunity to develop a national holistic climate emergency plan that would provide a platform for transformative development programmes that would promote prosperity for all, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Adriaan Basson: De Klerk and Malema’s gift to Ramaphosa

2020-02-17 06:00

Malema desperately tried to show that by inviting him to the SONA, the ANC had endorsed his views about apartheid. This is nonsense, writes Adriaan Basson.

Mmusi Maimane | SONA: Expensive circus should be replaced by televised speech from Union Buildings

2020-02-14 11:52

The next president must cancel the costly process and rather resort to something more in line with the needs of the state. Namely a televised speech from the Union Buildings or at best an ordinary sitting of Parliament, writes Mmusi Maimane.

OPINION | SONA: Ramaphosa has to respond to our expectations and fears

2020-02-12 10:54

The presidency, under Jacob Zuma, was the least trusted institution in 2017, while in 2019, under Ramaphosa, levels of public confidence in the presidency doubled, writes Mikhail Moosa.

Mandy Wiener: Don’t be like The Flash this SONA, Mr President

2020-02-11 05:49

The impression that he is indecisive seems to be in direct contrast to a recently released Ipsos survey which shows that Ramaphosa is still very popular as a leader, writes Mandy Wiener.

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