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
Political parties tied themselves in knots in Parliament as xenophobic violence raged on South Africa's streets.
President Jacob Zuma's number one is retiring, still vague and prickly but undeniably a shrewd strategist.
Critical decisions are on hold as top bosses battle it out and other employees fear layoffs.
The Film and Publications Board plans to spend over R8-million a year to police YouTube, but is about to have its child pornography wings clipped.
The State Security Agency has been spying on the leader of the already paranoid Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, Joseph Mathunjwa.
Twenty years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission began its work to heal South Africa, 926 people continue to await a presidential pardon.
Spook action at a distance: From Mossad agents and jams to assassination plots and plagiarism.
The leaked 'spy cables' published this week have SA's intelligence community tying itself in speculative knots.
Amid the drama before the State of the Nation address and the confusion that followed, much of what Jacob Zuma had to say in his speech was lost.
Costs have soared inexplicably following a high-profile political bid to fix the water problems in Limpopo.