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
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.
Government departments and public bodies continue to talk the talk of making information accessible, but do not provide it.
About half a dozen people have been killed in the latest outbreak of looting and xenophobia. It appears South Africa has learnt little since 2008.
Despite state denials that xenophobia is behind the violence, the attacks on foreign township shop owners appear to have a political edge to them.
In a xenophobic atmosphere ripe for political exploitation, only a few stand to lose as much as foreign nationals.
The former police commissioner has died in hospital after a long illness, which in 2012 prompted his release from prison on medical parole.