Voices

May 28, 2017

Parliament spring comes early, again

In this Parliament spring, ANC MPs are finding their voices as they question Cabinet ministers, party deployees to departments and others, but much of it appears to be informed by ANC factions, writes Andisiwe Mankinana.
May 28, 2017

You know what you did, JZ

Zuma’s presidency of the constitutional state serves only to enable him and his power elite to run and milk the parallel state, which spans the entire government infrastructure. The challenge is to do so before it totally swallows the constitutional state, writes Mondli Makhanya
May 28, 2017

Super fights Cyril as IFP steals Nquthu

The IFP cats in Nquthu stole a move from the ANC’s 1994 playbook kept quiet, took the food parcels, the new toilets, the new roads, the water that suddenly started flowing last month and the yellow T-shirts, then voted for the IFP. Gangster, if you ask me.
May 28, 2017

How SA is being stolen

A symbiotic relationship between the constitutionalstate and the shadow state has been built and consolidated in SA’s political Ponzi scheme.
May 28, 2017

Death penalty is no answer to women abuse

In trying to address the huge problem of gender-based violence, let us not hide behind the death penalty. It diverts attention away from the more complex question of what needs to be done, writes Zonke Majodina
May 28, 2017

Editorial: Mad, madder, Molefe

Oops. That is the extent of the excuse for Brian Molefe’s R30.1 million pension payout when he resigned/retired from Eskom last year after one and a half years – a term now subject to four potential investigations.
May 28, 2017

Editorial: ANC is not hearing the message

After the ANC’s disastrous showing in last year’s municipal elections, the party’s national executive ­committee (NEC) said: “We acknowledge and accept the message [delivered by the people].”.
May 28, 2017

Book Review: Poetry like jazz

To Breathe into Another Voice: A South African Anthology of Jazz Poetry edited by Myesha Jenkins.
May 28, 2017

Confessions of an entrepreneur

Alpesh Patel made his first million at 24. Then he lost it all. Now, a new self-published book by the Ugandan-born, South Africa-based businessman tells his story and offers advice to those who dream of start-ups.
May 28, 2017

The Great Displacement

‘How does this work?” This is a phrase you’d better get used to saying – along with its sibling: “Can you show me how this works?” Welcome to the fourth industrial revolution and, in particular, automation.
May 28, 2017

Is Molefe pathological?

In his crusade as a compulsive liar, Molefe doesn’t think that he will ultimately be caught, writes China Dodovu.
May 27, 2017

Does South Africa need a new NEC?

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC meets this weekend to recalibrate, debate and set policy. As the “highest decision-making body” of the party, this forum holds the strategic and leadership quorum that supposedly guides the movement.
May 27, 2017

Editorial: Who will lead us to recovery?

Continuing a tradition that stretches back to the darkest days of apartheid, the country’s clergy this week stood up for good and put themselves on the front line in the battle against corruption and state capture.
May 22, 2017

Book review: A thoughtful life

Between Two Fires: Holding the Liberal Centre in South African Politics by John Kane-Berman Jonathan Ball Publishers.
May 26, 2017

Government must lead the fight against gender-based violence

On Monday, the body of a 34-year-old woman was found under the bed wrapped in plastic at her boyfriend’s place in Orange Grove, Johannesburg. He was the last person she was seen with and has since been arrested.
May 21, 2017

We need to nationalise

Those who dare to endorse nationalisation are labelled as ‘stupid’, writes Vuyani Ngalwana.
May 21, 2017

Jury is in on ANC’s failures

In any discussion on the issue of “judicial encroachment” or “judicial overreach”, there is no better place to start than by listening to the words of the erudite Dikgang Moseneke, South Africa’s recently retired deputy chief justice.
May 21, 2017

The war on women

The killing of Karabo Mokoena has highlighted the brutality of how women are killed by those who are supposed to love them. Social media was abuzz with #MenAreTrash.
May 22, 2017

Frogs, foreign agents, anything but the facts

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba can expect rebuttals, rebuke and ridicule from the opposition when he delivers his maiden Treasury budget vote speech on Tuesday.
May 21, 2017

Africa remains in chains

Understanding the history of the continent and why it is still not free would help, writes Vusi Gumede.
May 22, 2017

Spineless ANC MPs must grow backbones for SA’s sake

If sympathy be the food of political invertebrates, then a litany of ANC MPs risk starvation.
May 21, 2017

How not to govern

President Jacob Zuma’s years as head of state have been a spectacular advert for the rule of law. They have taken our understanding of the interface between executive power and private business interests to an incredibly high level.
May 21, 2017

Civil service works can effect positive change for SA

Reforming the way the civil service works can effect positive change for SA, writes Sarah Meny-Gibert.
May 21, 2017

Home Affairs is an enabler

On Friday, a discussion paper on repositioning the department of home affairs was gazetted for public comment. This will inform the drafting of a white paper that will provide a policy framework for future legislation, including an act defining Home
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