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Rapule Tabane

Rapule Tabane

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.
What happens when the ANC loses its grip?
What happens when the ANC loses its grip?
Politics, much like religion, is often premised on exploitation of the fear of the unknown. It's about promising a better and safer future to...
Agang more than window dressing for DA
Agang more than window dressing for DA
The virtual swallowing of Agang by the ­Democratic Alliance (DA) has kept all of us wondering how the political landscape will change....
Cele could delay Madonsela report on Nkandla splurge
Cele could delay Madonsela report on Nkandla splurge
Former police commissioner Bheki Cele's objections to a provisional adverse finding by the public protector about his role in the Nkandla...
Will KZN leaders call Zuma out?
Will KZN leaders call Zuma out?
Although the ANC has taken a final decision that President Jacob Zuma will be the face of its campaign and return for a second term, the party has...
Mbeki hits right notes in attack on tribalism
Mbeki hits right notes in attack on tribalism
One of the main emphases in Mark Gevisser's book Thabo Mbeki, the Dream Deferred is on how the former president was uncomfortable with...
Waging war on Mandela the saint
Waging war on Mandela the saint
It was a hot summer day and dry lips were testimony to my thirst. I clung perilously to a pole to avoid being pushed further away, as the FNB...
Government no longer has my back, says Madonsela
Government no longer has my back, says Madonsela
Public protector Thuli Madonsela says she is afraid that she no longer has the backing and protection of the South African government in the...
Bills, Boers and Nkandla, it's seriously silly
Bills, Boers and Nkandla, it's seriously silly
The end of November ­usually marks the start of the winding-down season for many companies and institutions. Employers finalise leave for...
Khutsong: Brutality prevails when hope is lost
Khutsong: Brutality prevails when hope is lost
After months of living in fear of gangsters called the Casanovas and the Vandals, who rob and sometimes end up stabbing their victims, the people...
The real test still awaits Ramaphosa
The real test still awaits Ramaphosa
As the ANC concludes the process of drawing up its lists for next year's elections it is clear that businessperson Cyril Ramaphosa is set for a...
Malema gives ANC the jitters
Malema gives ANC the jitters
Julius Malema has declared that his party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), is the ruling party-in-waiting, and that the election next year...
Zuma may not be schooled, but he's no fool
Zuma may not be schooled, but he's no fool
I remember sitting at a pub in 2005 in Orlando West, Soweto, with a friend and a young guy we had just met, discussing politics. Jacob Zuma was...