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Phillip de Wet

Phillip de Wet

Phillip de Wet writes about politics, society, economics, and the areas where these collide. He has never been anything other than a journalist, though he has been involved in starting 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
More police to keep a discontented populace under control 'a recipe for disaster'
More police to keep a discontented populace under control 'a recipe for disaster'
Reservist policeman finds more social workers for troubled communities a "no-brainer".
The National Development Plan has a new logo, but that’s about all that’s changed
The National Development Plan has a new logo, but that’s about all that’s changed
Minister Jeff Radebe has vowed to revitalise government’s hopes for universal happiness in SA, so out came the ‘Waka Waka’ girls and a fresh emblem.
The evolution of Julius Malema: Beneath the rhetoric is a shrewd political strategist
The evolution of Julius Malema: Beneath the rhetoric is a shrewd political strategist
The EFF leader is playing the long game, backed up by action that shows more maturity than the ANC did this week.
ANC sells its lies – to itself – that voter trust has never really been lost
ANC sells its lies – to itself – that voter trust has never really been lost
Its mistakes quickly forgotten, the ruling party reasons that those who didn’t vote do support the ANC after all.
Stand by for a call from the Dragon Slayer — once you’ve read his book, that is
Stand by for a call from the Dragon Slayer — once you’ve read his book, that is
Spiritual maverick 10Dollar appears convinced that his unorthodox ramblings on religion will be snapped up by impressionable earthly beings.
Rainbowism comes to wine gums - and the black ones get a ghetto
Rainbowism comes to wine gums - and the black ones get a ghetto
The new policy of shameless mixing and the exclusion of one group has gummed up the entire system.
Ambush tactics and curve balls relieve the tedium of public protector interviews
Ambush tactics and curve balls relieve the tedium of public protector interviews
During a marathon session of 14 interviews in one day, tempers were bound to get frayed – and they did.
Madonsela has defined the role, but new public protector will still face obstacles
Madonsela has defined the role, but new public protector will still face obstacles
In many ways, Thuli Madonsela has defined what her office does and her successor has much to live up to.
The Kingmaker: Malema holds the balance of power as race drives parties to coalitions
The Kingmaker: Malema holds the balance of power as race drives parties to coalitions
The upstart who could be the kingmaker is in big demand, but coalitions present serious problems.
ANC wakes up too late as DA takes fight into ruling party's strongholds
ANC wakes up too late as DA takes fight into ruling party's strongholds
The DA took the fight into its strongholds and the ruling party’s supporters stayed away.
Fake news websites fall foul of the IEC after marked ballot paper story
Fake news websites fall foul of the IEC after marked ballot paper story
“Two arrested with over 80 000 ballot papers already marked as ANC votes,” African News Updates' headline read on Monday.