It should be frowned upon for a minister or proxy to call a CEO of a state entity enquiring about opportunities for comrades, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
High level clouds. Cool.
The people of Hong Kong, like the people of so many developing countries, would be fooled to think that they have an ally in the United States, under a Democratic or Republic administration, writes Wesley Seale.
In many countries, politicians fall on their sword on a gratifyingly regular basis. However, in our Rainbow Nation such examples are conspicuous by their absence, writes Rich Mkhondo.
It is irrefutable that, despite many challenges, Prince Buthelezi held the IFP together. As he signed off, it was the manner of the leadership transition that captured many people’s attention.
"President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong," one of theirs banners read.
The invocation of freedom of speech to justify any and every form of expression on social media simply cannot be justified unless we have no interest in the preservation of democracy, writes Serjeant at the Bar.
How has the most recent judgment concerning Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, affected this vital cog in the democratic framework, asks Hugh Corder.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says that while the country has problems, its democratic system based on a strong constitution has served South Africa well.
Few men and women in South African politics have had as many false starts as President Cyril Ramaphosa has, but he'll be writing his chapter in history now, says Solly Moeng.
The Department of Arts and Culture has paid tribute to 79-year-old Fred Brownwell, the man who designed SA's iconic democratic national flag.
Having recently taken up a new two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, South Africa should assume its place as a leader in deepening democracy and human rights, writes Webster Zambara.
The change won't cost Twitter very much, but it saves them a lot of future headaches and puts pressure on its competitors, Facebook and Google.
"We'd rather die in the fight than slowly suffocate to death after we lose the fight," one protester told Business Insider.
Will populist political projects eventually lead to the collapse of democracy? The answer is complicated, but there is a second option, writes Ralph Mathekga.
Our obsession with the ANC is keeping us from engaging about what is really important. We fail deliberately in rescuing the public dialogue, writes Ralph Mathekga.
South Africa's expansive social welfare system is an essential buffer for all those millions of people who do not benefit from the neo-liberal aspects of government policy. But more needs to be done, writes Christi van der Westhuizen.
Democracy's prospects in Africa depend not on finding better leaders but on ensuring that more people can act together to ensure that government serves them, writes Steven Friedman.
Whether in Brussels, Pretoria or Berlin, we face many challenges when it comes to elections. Voter participation is a key one; getting young people out to vote in particular. South Africa is no exception, writes Martin Schäfer.
E-voting could help reduce incidents of double voting and the spoiling of ballot papers, say experts - but there could be serious drawbacks too.
Words have the power to create illusions of reality and can trigger emotional responses rather than encourage critical thought,. They should be used wisely, says Terry Bell.
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