OPINION | Coronavirus: Why I'm staying put in China, despite the SA government wanting me to leave

2020-02-28 11:22

For a South African, and especially an African, living in China, the decision by our government to evacuate South Africans from Wuhan comes with deep regret, writes Wesley Seale.

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 | 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.

30 years since Mandela was freed, where does South Africa stand?

2020-02-11 22:24

Three decades after the late Nelson Mandela was released from prison, how has life change for ordinary South Africans?

Mandela would have been dismayed by attacks on judiciary - Lamola

2020-02-11 16:02

One can only imagine the dismay that former president Nelson Mandela would today express if he saw how "certain people cast aspersions and churn out irresponsible statements against the judiciary", Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says.

Nelson Mandela's speech on 11 February 1990: I stand here before you ... as a humble servant

2020-02-11 07:00

I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.

OPINION: Where were you on the day Madiba walked out of prison?

2020-02-11 07:00

Comrade Mandela in his first address to us as a country and indeed the world, now 30 years ago, described women as "… the rock-hard foundation of our struggle … " writes writes Meokgo Matuba.

30 years since Mandela's release: Historic moment to be marked with string of events

2020-02-11 05:50

February 11 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of former president Nelson Mandela who was jailed for 27 years following his arrest in 1962.

Mac Maharaj: 'De Klerk a man of the moment, Mandela the man of history'

2020-02-02 08:54

ANC stalwart Mac Maharaj decries the narrow narrative – "we take the SA experience and limit it to Codesa, the Constitution making and to the TRC" – and suggests that 1984 to 1990 was the most crucial period in making a negotiated path to democracy and the future possible.


Biden backtracks on claims of being 'arrested' while trying to visit Mandela - reports

2020-02-27 13:04

US presidential candidate hopeful Joe Biden makes an about-turn on claims that he was arrested "on the streets of Soweto" on his way to Robben Island while trying to meet with Nelson Mandela.

Mosotho man claims he owns iconic car which drove Mandela from prison in 1990 - report

2020-02-18 19:24

A man from Maseru, Lesotho, claims he owns the iconic silver Toyota Cressida which ferried Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela from the then-Victor Verster Prison in Paarl to the Cape Town City Hall on February, 11 1990.

Mandela release 30 years on: Struggle stalwarts, Shane Warne pay their respects at old Paarl prison

2020-02-12 07:11

As struggle stalwarts commemorate former president Nelson Mandela's release from prison 30 years ago, some also lament the last 10 years "from hell".

ANC needs to take strong stance against corruption, says Magashule at ceremony celebrating Mandela's release

2020-02-11 22:46

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has said power corrupts, and the party needs to ensure a strong position against it.

Ramaphosa: Mandela's release 30 years ago was SA's victory, not an act of kindness by FW de Klerk

2020-02-11 20:38

The release of Nelson Mandela 30 years ago was a victory for the people, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

OPINION: Embracing Nelson Mandela's contested legacy

2020-02-11 13:51

The global peacemaker's reputation has taken a knock among young South Africans who believe he chose unity over justice, writes Sisonke Msimang.

Ralph Mathekga: If Mandela wasn't from among us, his legacy would be taken more seriously

2020-02-11 07:00

By attacking principles such as reconciliation and tolerance as we walk away from Mandela's legacy, we are effectively desecrating our own history, writes Ralph Mathekga.

OPINION: We are all indebted to Nelson Mandela for not seeking revenge

2020-02-11 07:00

In the five years he was South Africa’s president there was an unknown sense of optimism that we could overcome the legacy of apartheid that we have never felt since, writes Amanda Gouws

FW de Klerk: The disputed legacy of SA's last apartheid leader 30 years after defining speech

2020-02-02 09:31

Thirty years ago today, FW de Klerk was president of a very different South Africa – one still governed by laws, and mindsets, intent on keeping white and black divided, unequal and ultimately apart. De Klerk's actions are considered, 30 years on.

EXTRACT | Mandela, Mbeki and Beyond

2020-01-13 12:52

In the broader context, more encouragingly, we live in a demonstrably free society, a gradually deepening democracy in a world where freedoms are, paradoxically, under new attack from narrow nationalism, chauvinism and political hooliganism.

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