Our social development programs are too focused on welfarism and too little on healing the social pain that is overwhelming so many, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
Gauteng Human Settlements and Urban Planning MEC Lebogang Maile threatened to take the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to court on Tuesday after things became heated during his submission at the Chapter 9 institution's Alexandra inquiry.
The conveners of the Alexandra Total Shutdown movement opened a case of contempt of court against City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba.
In listening to the news, one could be forgiven for believing that the entire community of Alexandra had marched that day to Sandton. This never happened, writes Herman Mashaba.
It was only a matter of time before the façade dropped. Aware that he is more popular than the ANC, President Ramaphosa imposed on the people of Alexandra a government speech using the wrong platform, writes Lukhona Mnguni.
National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole has warned that people behind rampant land occupations in Gauteng will be arrested.
Harping on the fact that a protest is organised is like noting that people won’t go to an event unless someone invites them. There’s no evidence that anyone has been forced to take part in the current protests, writes Steven Friedman.
For people whose lives are constantly disrupted by poverty and general destitution, the idea that peaceful non-disruptive protests will highlight their plight is unrealistic, writes Ralph Mathekga.
I will not, as mayor of the City of Johannesburg, make public grand plans about what is to be done in Alexandra without the necessary budget to follow as this would fall into the category of ANC cheap politicking, writes Herman Mashaba.
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