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'

19 hours ago
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

8 days ago
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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 ...

15 days ago
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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 ...

15 days ago
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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'

16 days ago
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'

17 days ago
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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'

22 days ago
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JONATHAN JANSEN: The life of Kathrada and the political death of Zuma

'Our demise as a nation is not inevitable, as Kathrada‘s life so amply demonstrates, but the threat of national decay remains a real possibility as Zuma‘s ...

22 days ago
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TOBY SHAPSHAK: How Pharaoh Zuma destroyed our promised land

'The tragedy is that our leaders, quite simply, have forgotten where they come from. They have forgotten their people. They have forgotten us'

23 days ago
Zuma praises Gordhan, says criticism is demoralising

'A stable treasury and financial portfolio are critical for the economy. The new finance minister and his deputy will prioritise stability in both treasury and ...

24 days ago
TOM EATON: New oligarchs, same old country

'We’re being shown things we didn’t want to see, like who has power and who has almost none'

24 days ago
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TOM EATON: Director's diary of a remake in a country called Africa

'Still can’t believe I have been hired by Disney to direct the live-action remake of The Lion King as part of their wonderful new plan to remake everything, ...

1 month ago
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We all need to do something about the state of the world. But what?

'I’m tired of the fact that those disaffected few have influenced how we all live our lives'

1 month ago
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JONATHAN JANSEN: How a small band of disrupters hold education hostage

'You can give every student free higher education tomorrow, and the disrupters would find another item of discontent and continue the chaos'

1 month ago
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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Helen Zille - The lady is a Trump

'I think its careless talk and just takes us away from what should be the real debate: Corruption and patronage and incompetence … '

1 month ago
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JONATHAN JANSEN: The deep and anxious groaning about the fate of the 'taal'

'Why are Afrikaans taalstryders taking universities to court and attacking university academics and leaders with a different view?'

1 month ago
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TOM EATON: And the tenth circle of Dante's hell is ...

'It is a place of infinite suffering and utter despair, echoing with the wailing of the damned'

1 month ago
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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Jack, the beanstalk and the giant social grants fiasco

'Maybe the minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini was told that story at her mother’s knee. It would explain how she deals with unethical behaviour'

1 month ago
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JONATHAN JANSEN: Where you study matters as much as what you study

'The market screens degrees based on whether you achieved that qualification at the University of Zululand or the University of Cape Town. Nobody wants to deal ...

1 month ago
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