7 Opinions worth reading from the past week

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Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane plans to clear her name.   Photo by Leon Sadiki/                      City press
Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane plans to clear her name. Photo by Leon Sadiki/ City press

A lot can happen in a week. These seven opinion pieces shed light on some of the important stories of the week.


Zondo commission: Cabinet ministers are picking on the wrong thing

Ministers bemoaning the use of resources for the Zondo commission should rather look in their own backyards, writes Mbhazima Shilowa.

The unfinished business of fixing state spying and protecting journalists

Revelations that rogue elements in the police placed a News24 journalist under surveillance are upsetting as it comes after a recent Constitutional Court ruling stating that the use of surveillance to uncover journalists' sources violates media freedom, writes Jane Duncan.

Mkhwebane vote: The loudest voice is not necessarily the strongest

Tuesday's vote in the National Assembly, in a historic vote in favour of an inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's fitness to hold office, was never about a parliamentary process as much as it was about politics, writes Qaanitah Hunter.

Why are social media platforms becoming our moral champions?

Simon Swanepoel writes that we need to look at social media platforms and ask ourselves whether we are happy conforming to the narratives of what they deem to be right and acceptable?

A perfect storm is pushing economies and children in sub-Saharan Africa into crisis

Without rapid debt restructuring and relief, every week sees half-a-billion flow from the African continent to service lenders, money that is desperately needed by vulnerable households and children, write Mohamed M Malick Fall and Peter Holmes à Court.

SA doesn't have a funding problem - it has a spending problem

For more than a decade, government spending growth has far outpaced the growth in GDP. This is, obviously, unsustainable, says economist Thabi Leoka

Student protests: Don't let political parties hijack the movement

Students must take lessons from other protest movements around the world as government's current stopgap measure may leave students in the same or a similar situation when fees and registration fees are again demanded, writes Olwethu Mhaga.

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