Rapule Tabane is the Mail & Guardian's politics editor. He sometimes worries that he is a sports fanatic, but is in fact just crazy about Orlando Pirates. While he used to love reading only fiction, he is now gradually starting to enjoy political biographies. He was a big fan of Barack Obama, but now accepts that even he is only mortal.
For the black youngsters of the 1990s, it was Madiba's role as the head of MK that gave him the respect he needed to bring peaceful reconciliation.
Thuli Madonsela suspects that the state might not support her, but that won’t deter her team.
Between secrecy, controversy and infighting, election season shows no sign of slowing down, writes Rapule Tabane.
The police, community and ward forums all failed Khutsong – and then it exploded.
Even if Cyril Ramaphosa emerges unscathed from Marikana he still has to win over Jacob Zuma's supporters in the ANC, writes Rapule Tabane.
The ruling party seems to be taking Economic Freedom Fighters leader's claims of huge support among the youth seriously.
The president has mastered the art of quietly surprising those who snipe at his lack of education.
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has criticised the ANC in Gauteng for revealing that Thabo Mbeki will be part of the party's election campaign.
President Jacob Zuma has signed e-tolls into law - despite the ANC's campaign to avoid damaging Acts before next year's elections.
Despite the president's entrenched position in the ANC, he faces two major hurdles in the future.