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High time to 'zwijg' in Amsterdam
High time to 'zwijg' in Amsterdam
THE FIFTH COLUMN
You’d better believe politicians’  hot air
You’d better believe politicians’  hot air
Do you know who seems to be delighted with the election of Donald Trump? The white right. Over the past week, I have watched the likes of Steve...
Prezzes Zuma and Trump, I’m rigging out of wedlock
Prezzes Zuma and Trump, I’m rigging out of wedlock
THE FIFTH COLUMN
US vote: Better a liar than a woman
US vote: Better a liar than a woman
"President Trump.” I’ve been murmuring those words to myself. Rolling them on my tongue. Trying to assess their meaning. I still can’t fully...
The famous will lead us out of crisis
The famous will lead us out of crisis
THE FIFTH COLUMN
​Only the courts and citizens are left to fend off our lawless state
​Only the courts and citizens are left to fend off our lawless state
State institutions are under the microscope as the sheer horror at the extent of the cancer in our body politic is exposed. This comes after the...
​Slime and other matters of importance to South Africans
​Slime and other matters of importance to South Africans
As I write this, South Africa is in a febrile state. A court has ordered that the public protector report into state capture must be released in a...
The Snap, Crackle and Pop defence of Tim Noakes
The Snap, Crackle and Pop defence of Tim Noakes
Now that the Health Professions Council of South Africa has wrongly issued a guilty verdict against Professor Tim Noakes on a case built on...
#OnlyInSA: We're not that special
#OnlyInSA: We're not that special
"Only in South Africa”. It’s a phrase you encounter a lot. Often you witness it as a comment on a photo of, for instance, a fat police officer...
Searching for beauty that makes you feel alive
Searching for beauty that makes you feel alive
When I sat down to write this week, my attention was focused on the subject of beauty. Not physical or glamorous beauty, but the sometimes...
Slice Of Life: There's a younger me out there
Slice Of Life: There's a younger me out there
There is this misperception that the Feather Awards are only about fun. But we do a lot of other work people might not know of. About four or five...
​Appeal court ruling sets parameters for protest at universities
​Appeal court ruling sets parameters for protest at universities
Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) handed down a judgment dealing with students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) who been interdicted...
Happiness is … a rubber Zuma stress ball
Happiness is … a rubber Zuma stress ball
THE FIFTH COLUMN
​Abrahams could face legal action if his charges against Gordhan were unfounded
​Abrahams could face legal action if his charges against Gordhan were unfounded
Occasionally a public servant fulfils all the expectations that he or she promised when appointed to his or her post. Such a person is Shaun...

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