Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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Between the national elections, state capture commission revelations, the Rugby World Cup and load shedding, there has been plenty to opine about in 2019. Here are the year's 10 most popular opinions and analyses News24 published.
Ralph Mathekga's concerns about advocacy and lobbying are misplaced and his proposal risks setting a dangerous precedent both for civil rights and for the county's ability to interrogate failed policy. Advocacy has always played, and continues to play, a part in South African politics, argues the IRR's Sara Gon.
In reading Ralph Mathekga's latest column, it becomes painfully clear that the complexity of coalition government surpasses the analytical skills of some of our political commentators, writes Herman Mashaba.
There has been a rumour that former president Nelson Mandela's preferred successor was actually Cyril Ramaphosa, instead of Thabo Mbeki, and we may finally get to see why, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The new leadership of the ANC has to prioritise President Jacob Zuma's exit as the president of the country, but he should not be fired or recalled, writes Ralph Mathekga.
It is senseless that the best way to get people to pay what they do not need or want, is to reward them with exactly what they do not need, writes Ralph Mathekga.
South Africans should stop talking of there being different "factions" in the ANC and rather think in terms of "interest groups", says political analyst Ralph Mathekga.
SA's economic crisis has brought renewed thinking by the business sector in terms of issues it would like government to tackle, says political analyst Ralph Mathekga.
2018 promises interesting political realignment within the ANC, and also a change in the way that the opposition parties relate to the new ANC leadership, writes Ralph Mathekga.
Government should investigate the allegations contained in Jacques Pauw's book, and not use its power to intimidate the author, writes Ralph Mathekga
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