OPINION: SA's deliberate, predictable underfunding of defence function a threat to democracy and economic growth

2020-02-28 15:00

The SANDF is being underfunded and this is a direct threat to our country's democracy, writes Simphiwe Hamilton.

OPINION: Why we should believe in South Africa again

2020-02-21 15:20

Do not expect to start having hope for South Africa when the reforms take place, because the reforms will never be enough, and the corruption will always too much, writes James de Villiers.

ANALYSIS | No shame, no remorse: How Afrikaners are dealing with their apartheid past

2020-02-20 17:29

When FW de Klerk made his submission to the TRC, no other Afrikaner was in as strong a position as he to set an example in facing up to the apartheid past, and he failed to do so, writes Lindie Koorts.

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.

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

Pieter du Toit: Apartheid, democracy and FW de Klerk’s options for a new South Africa

2020-02-07 10:30

The weight of history and the desperation for freedom shared by the vast majority of South Africans was going to overwhelm any pretense the conservatives held about agreeing to a participatory democracy, writes Pieter du Toit.

OPINION: The ties that bind FW de Klerk, the Democratic Party and the DA

2020-02-06 05:00

Constitutionally the Democratic Party was committed to federalism - clearly something the DA should focus on now, given a definite and growing increase in regional sentiment across the country, writes Denis Worrall .

OPINION: Patrice should not have apologised for telling Trump Africa loves him

2020-01-29 13:26

The apology was a setback for both freedom of expression and for freedom of thought. The message that we need to all think alike that we are unable to tolerate an alternative view is dangerous and frightening, writes Howard Feldman.

Twitter's ban on political ads is a 'bold statement' and ratchets up the pressure on Facebook amid harsh criticism over its tolerance for lies in political ads

2019-10-31 06:54

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.


OPINION: Remembering a comrade, friend and mentor in the struggle to end a crime against humanity

2020-02-25 13:30

KK placed a hand on my shoulder and, in a kind yet firm voice, told me: "Comrade, your guilt is of no use in the struggle against this regime. Your actions are what matter," writes Glenn Bownes.

Antjie Krog: FW de Klerk never had any moral intention, and he left us behind as white kansvatters

2020-02-21 12:36

For FW de Klerk political reforms and reconciliation was never about moral intention, but always about political strategy, writes acclaimed author Antjie Krog. He has become the failed unrepentant face of white people.

FW DE KLERK | Analysts Mathekga, Verwoerd and Mngomezulu on reconciliation, redemption and retribution

2020-02-18 07:00

De Klerk's foundation issued an apology on Monday, a retrospective mea culpa of sorts that some may suggest was delivered in response to the collective spleen venting by South Africans rather than an overnight ideological turnaround seeing-of-the-light catharsis.

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.

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.

Cyril Ramaphosa | Celebrating Mandela's release and the importance of unity

2020-02-10 11:41

The release of Madiba, like the end of apartheid itself, was achieved through united and sustained action writes President Cyril Ramaphosa in his weekly newsletter.

Mcebo Dlamini: The relentless pursuit of Jacob Zuma, while others get a free ride

2020-02-06 12:19

Why are other corrupt leaders not being treated the same, at least if we are to stay true to the fact that we are all equal in the eyes of the law, writes Mcebo Dlamini.

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.

OPINION: Hong Kong protests not about democracy, but weakening its economy

2019-12-19 15:48

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.

OPINION: Could Maimane's resignation spark a health of democracy?

2019-10-27 09:50

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.

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