It’s time, too, for Julius Malema to take responsibility for his irresponsibility. Vilifying and publishing the private cellphone number of journalist Karima Brown is tantamount to assaulting her. The effect of his harsh criticism has resulted in threats to her personal safety. He needs to reflect on his actions, his choices.

It is Wednesday, March 6, as I write this — Ash Wednesday. This day marks the beginning of Lent, a Christian season of fasting and prayer, a day that announces that there are 46 days to go until Easter Sunday. It is one of the most popular and important holy days in the Catholic liturgical calendar. It was certainly one of the most significant religious days for my family, one that my parents treated with great solemnity. Ash Wednesday was not a favourite holy day for us, the four Naidoo children. It meant the start of sugar deprivation; it meant that there were 46 long, painful days to go before we could eat sweets, cakes, biscuits and all things sugary again. Our next chocolate encounter would be with the Easter Bunny at an egg hunt in our garden after mass on Easter Sunday. As much as we dreaded Ash Wednesday, so too we loved Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent began, when my mother cleared out the treats pantry. Out came the rich chocolate Romany Creams I loved; the fat lady fin...

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