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Chris Roper

Chris Roper

Chris Roper was editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian from July 2013 - July 2015.  Follow him on Twitter @chrisroper
Jazz spun into an ideal orbit
Jazz spun into an ideal orbit
We all loathe people who describe South African music, film or art as "world class". The assumption that there's an external model to which we need...
Christianity is the enemy of Christianity
Christianity is the enemy of Christianity
The enemy is back. In truth, he never went away. He was lurking in Jacob Zuma's proud boast that the ANC will rule until Jesus comes. He was...
Noma, asseblief
Noma, asseblief
There are very few people who can boast that they've eaten at the number-one restaurant in the world. I am not one of those people. When I ate at...
Fat cats fall out: Sisulu vs Kasrils
Fat cats fall out: Sisulu vs Kasrils
The more pessimistic among our fellow South Africans have often muttered about the dire...
Damon Galgut's 'Arctic Summer': How to read EM Forster afresh
Damon Galgut's 'Arctic Summer': How to read EM Forster afresh
Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut (Random House Struik)
I'm over Outa
I'm over Outa
The news that someone who works in the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) buildings has been arrested on charges of terrorism, related to the
Pistorius 'spike' breaks journalism!
Pistorius 'spike' breaks journalism!
Whatever else Oscar Pistorius is guilty of, you can add the charge of breaking journalism. Here at the Mail &...
The lies Nelson Mandela taught us
The lies Nelson Mandela taught us
There's a certain South African irony in the term "white lie". The dictionary defines it as a minor or unimportant lie, especially...
The day we broke Nkandla
The day we broke Nkandla
The Mail & Guardian accidentally stumbled on the Nkandla development in November 2009. I was on a story with journalist Mandy...
Crediting where credit's due
Crediting where credit's due
Following a blog post by Jacques Rousseau, "Does white privilege...
'White Widow': Language as terrorism
'White Widow': Language as terrorism
Last night, coincidentally as the newsroom was on deadline, a debate raged at the Mail & Guardian over the use of the term "White...
ANC: Devious or Dim?
ANC: Devious or Dim?
It's a new game. It’s called "Devious or Dim?", and the rules are simple. We take a statement by the ANC that's blatantly incorrect, and you, the people, judge: is it consciously a lie, or is it just an inability to understand facts? Is it Devious? Or...