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.
South Africa looks ill-prepared for a time when the ruling party no longer has credibility as a stabilising force, writes Rapule Tabane.
Former police commissioner Bheki Cele wants documents and time to respond to allegations that he failed to stop wasteful expenditure at Nkandla.
Agang's integration strengthens the DA's claim to nonracialism, and that is something that should worry the ANC.
Rumblings of a rebellion against Jacob Zuma by a KwaZulu-Natal faction - the president's strongest base - have unsettled the ANC.
Apartheid-era regionalism is a pervasive and damaging mind-set among our current rulers, writes Rapule Tabane.
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.