The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three decades after the late Nelson Mandela was released from prison, how has life change for ordinary South Africans?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 secretary-general Ace Magashule has said power corrupts, and the party needs to ensure a strong position against it.
The release of Nelson Mandela 30 years ago was a victory for the people, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.
The global peacemaker's reputation has taken a knock among young South Africans who believe he chose unity over justice, writes Sisonke Msimang.
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.
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
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.
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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