ANDILE NDLOVU: On losing my mother

'There is no nice way of putting this, but for most parts of the past month, I wished people would leave me alone'

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TOM EATON: Do you really think a sex text will have any effect on a political career? In South Africa?

'Jeff Radebe has plenty to vex him, but if anyone in Zuma’s South Africa still believes that explicit sexts are enough to hurt an embedded politician, they ...

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Men need to step up and stop abuse before it happens

I was startled by how many men came on the air pleading with women to cover themselves up, to avoid provocation because “men will be men”. Really?

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JONATHAN JANSEN: I was celebrating the Blitzboks when I felt the whiplash of disgust

'No human being deserves this kind of salacious slander from a group of despicable men unconscious of their racial privilege'

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TOM EATON: The apocalypse comes one sunny day at a time

'The sky has shifted. And now the sand, white and fine and unmoved by a breeze, is running through the hourglass'

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Why I'm back in church every Sunday

'I walk into this quiet, meditative space and light candles for my dead mother and father and brother Shaun. Sunlight streams through the stained glass windows'

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JONATHAN JANSEN: Mothers, dignity and a humble household item made by hand

'To understand the doily in places like the Cape Flats, you have to understand forced removals'

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A brief guide to the Franschhoek Literary Festival

There's a packed programme of events at The Franschhoek Literary Festival on the weekend of May 19 to 21. Here are the highlights

TOM EATON: The sound of one board blatting

'He’s doing it for an audience in his imagination. And because it’s all imaginary, it doesn’t really matter how clumsy he looks in reality'

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: The shrinking of freedom is palpable

'Are we back at the dark days of apartheid when we really could not even be called partly free?'

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JONATHAN JANSEN: Trump, Zuma and the end of truth

'For both Zuma and Trump the truth is whatever you make it to be. Even when the courts rule you to be out of order, you continue to act as if the judges are ...

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TOM EATON: A bad hyphen can really mess up your death squad

If anyone was still uncertain that Elvis was up to no good, a hit list was soon circulated online, helpfully headed with the words: “This are the beneficiaries ...

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US state grants couple's request to give daughter surname 'Allah'

Nihad Awad, national director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that while many people have names that are derivations of Allah, such as ...

CHARMAIN NAIDOO: The gruesome games of children with guns

'Of course all of this ends, inevitably, with someone like the new Police Minister Fikile Mbalula calling for a shoot-to-kill policy'

JONATHAN JANSEN: The official contempt for poor, black people in South Africa

A university student in sociology would learn much more from a morning in a Metrorail third-class carriage than in a seminar room on campus

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JONATHAN JANSEN: It's time to stop race-shaming those who stand up against Zuma

'The sad and scary truth is that in this part of the continent we turn on our white brothers and sisters when we are unable to change the lot of the poorest ...

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Zuma isn't stressed. He has a far worse affliction

'Most normal people would have some sense of unease or anxiety. It’s hard to remain unmoved in the face of such venomous hatred from a very large number of ...

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ANDILE NDLOVU: South Africa stresses me out, big time

'About a year ago for the first time in my life I contemplated life away from South Africa. I looked at academic courses I could never afford'

TOM EATON: Thoughts from a rudderless march

'If, like me, you think that democracy is worth maintaining, then showing up is literally the least you can do'

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Gwede has the courage of his lack of convictions

'It was an extraordinary flip-flop, done with a straight face'

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