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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?
South Africa looks ill-prepared for a time when the ruling party no longer has credibility as a stabilising force, writes Rapule Tabane.
Agang more than window dressing for DA
Agang more than window dressing for DA
Agang's integration strengthens the DA's claim to nonracialism, and that is something that should worry the ANC.
Cele could delay Madonsela report on Nkandla splurge
Cele could delay Madonsela report on Nkandla splurge
Former police commissioner Bheki Cele wants documents and time to respond to allegations that he failed to stop wasteful expenditure at Nkandla.
Will KZN leaders call Zuma out?
Will KZN leaders call Zuma out?
Rumblings of a rebellion against Jacob Zuma by a KwaZulu-Natal faction - the president's strongest base - have unsettled the ANC.
Mbeki hits right notes in attack on tribalism
Mbeki hits right notes in attack on tribalism
Apartheid-era regionalism is a pervasive and damaging mind-set among our current rulers, writes Rapule Tabane.
Waging war on Mandela the saint
Waging war on Mandela the saint
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.
Government no longer has my back, says Madonsela
Government no longer has my back, says Madonsela
Thuli Madonsela suspects that the state might not support her, but that won’t deter her team.
Bills, Boers and Nkandla, it's seriously silly
Bills, Boers and Nkandla, it's seriously silly
Between secrecy, controversy and infighting, election season shows no sign of slowing down, writes Rapule Tabane.
Khutsong: Brutality prevails when hope is lost
Khutsong: Brutality prevails when hope is lost
The police, community and ward forums all failed Khutsong – and then it exploded.
The real test still awaits Ramaphosa
The real test still awaits Ramaphosa
Even if Cyril Ramaphosa emerges unscathed from Marikana he still has to win over Jacob Zuma's supporters in the ANC, writes Rapule Tabane.
Malema gives ANC the jitters
Malema gives ANC the jitters
The ruling party seems to be taking Economic Freedom Fighters leader's claims of huge support among the youth seriously.