Phillip de Wet writes about politics, society, economics, weird stuff, and the areas where all of these collide.Over the past decade and a half, he has also written about telecommunications, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), property development, civil liberties, riot policing, mining, movies, the media, and UFOs, among other topics.But never about serious sport, which he knows nothing about.He studied journalism and has never been anything other than a journalist, except for ill-considered stints as a media trainer and starting up new newspapers, magazines and websites, a suspiciously large percentage of which are no longer in business.PGP fingerprint: CF74 7B0F F037 ACB9 779C 902B 793C 8781 4548 D165
Public fury at the death of the Bafana Bafana captain may push policymakers into making bad decisions when it comes to crime and policing.
There is widespread support for drastic change to patent laws when it comes to pharmaceuticals, but the results could be disastrous.
As cable theft continues to paralyse water and power networks, a picture is emerging of metals dealers with an appetite for dirty tricks.
The South African media chose to sensationalise the Oscar Pistorius trial because that's what the public wanted (and secretly, so did the news media).
New research has dropped a bombshell about the prevalence of jobs for pals within the ruling party.
The violence and trauma that inmates experience can lead to a quarter of them reoffending after release.
The Broadcasting Complaints Commission has dealt a narrow-minded blow to free speech.
The paper that really counts is that in your wallet, say former inmates of the Lindela Repatriation Centre in Krugersdorp.
The Human Rights Commission may succeed in improving conditions at the repatriation centre where illegal immigrants are held pending deportation.
Following uproar over a Russia-SA nuclear deal, a PR management firm - headed by Jacob Zuma's former spokesperson - stepped in to do damage control.