ONKGOPOTSE JJ TABANE: The cream and the dregs of the ANC

In a tale of two MECs, the excellent Panyaza Lesufi sadly seems to be an exception in a public service packed with Faith Mazibukos

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TONY LEON: It is too much like hard work keeping SA’s lights on

It’s much easier for the government to busy itself with transformation bling than with maintaining infrastructure

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RANJENI MUNUSAMY: Zondo inquiry witnesses suffer abuse, while perpetrators live in luxury or await their return to parliament

The ANC did not think it necessary to disqualify those who enabled and benefited from corruption from their election list

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BARNEY MTHOMBOTHI: Busisiwe Mkhwebane is a national hazard and must go

The public protector is almost oblivious of the damage that she can cause. Power, especially when it’s unfettered, is most useful to society when applied with ...

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JUSTICE MALALA: Hate-spewing leaders inspired Christchurch massacre and must be stopped or there will be more

The attacks in New Zealand are no surprise — they were nurtured and propagated openly by western leaders

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PETER BRUCE: If not Cyril Ramaphosa, then who?

I support Cyril Ramaphosa because I cannot think of anyone better to lead the government

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BARNEY MTHOMBOTHI: Dirty talk a weapon in the mission to clean up at the polls

Our country’s filth and squalor has become a mini-battlefield on the campaign trail

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JONATHAN JANSEN: My f*k, South Africa

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has made several breathtaking announcements, usefully just before the elections

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RANJENI MUNUSAMY: Who can say if a state security minister is even necessary?

The creation of professional, ethical and modern intelligence services is vital to the rebuilding of a credible state

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JUSTICE MALALA: Let’s not be scared to speak the hard truth

We need to be honest enough to look crime, women abuse and corruption in the face — and then do something about it

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RANJENI MUNUSAMY: It is not up to the media to decide who should take part in the poll, despite the party’s vile behaviour

Journalists should provide the information and knowledge, including political commentary, so that voters can decide for themselves who they want to represent ...

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PETER BRUCE: SA’s ludicrous foreign skills policy is on the critical list

It is all beyond lunacy and it reeks of a deep mistrust of foreigners. An official xenophobia

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ONKGOPOTSE JJ TABANE: Robert McBride restored the dignity of the police, but he was told to go

The former Ipid head saved police a staggering R180m being used as a slush fund, and got the bigwigs who were untouchable investigated

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JONATHAN JANSEN: There is nothing complicated behind parents’ objection to black teachers, it’s racism

It is an injustice that so few of the former white schools of SA have black African teachers. Having a richly diverse teaching staff is important for many ...

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SA is failing the rights of children’s access to education and health

SA places limitations on children’s access to education and affordable healthcare, which is unconstitutional, writes Magnus Killander

BARNEY MTHOMBOTHI: The tripartite alliance has outlived its usefulness

Should the SACP and Cosatu decide to chuck it, I don’t think many South Africans would shed a tear for the alliance. Good riddance, they’d say

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JUSTICE MALALA: South Africans must remain vigilant and make sure the outrageous does not become the normal

The Zuma years took us to the abyss. We saw what it’s like when rampant corruption and lawlessness is allowed loose across the land. The Zuma years showed us ...

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RANJENI MUNUSAMY: To keep state looters at bay, Cyril Ramaphosa needs people who do not lie to him or for him

The disgraced people and deadwood the president retained in cabinet to keep the peace in the ANC need to be put out to pasture

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JONATHAN JANSEN: A better education would protect us from dodgy pastors and other charlatans

Discernment, judgment and criticality should be the hallmarks of a good education that goes far beyond prepping pupils for the next examination

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JUSTICE MALALA: Sona and the budget show government’s resolve to rebuild our broken country

There is much to praise, and much to be hopeful about, in Tito Mboweni’s budget, despite the tough and bitter news it conveyed

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Published by Tiso Blackstar and distributed with the Financial Mail on the last Thursday of every month except December and January.