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
The treatment of Pistorius's neighbours as witnesses in his murder trial is typical of a system that leaves onlookers feeling like the accused.
The impossible problem of human fallibility courts face has been vividly illustrated in the trial of Oscar Pistorius.
Three court days for the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius have passed, and the defence has shown its hand over again. The prosecution, not so much.
All the mania mellowed down after the first day of Oscar Pistorius's trial. But with the dropped guard came careless mistakes and a gentle atmosphere.
Some media have published a photo of an Oscar Pistorius trial witness, which, while not in contravention of the court order, has caused ructions.
Oscar Pistorius's trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp has put the spotlight on SA's justice system, which is performing better than usual.
The first witness's testimony in the Oscar Pistorious trial, saying she feared violent crime in her residential complex, may well feature again.
How has Zuma's promises played out in reality? Phillip de Wet visits the small town of Balfour, a microcosm of South Africa, to speak to its resident.
The SAPS acted decisively during the DA march, showing how a confrontation should be handled.
The DA took a gamble when it marched on the ANC. And that it seemingly came out ahead had more to do with luck than wisdom, writes Phillip de Wet.