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Ebrahim Harvey

Talking straight with Motlanthe

President Kgalema Motlanthe speaks to Ebrahim Harvey on the recent media splurges about his personal life, the Carl Niehaus affair and more.

‘We’ll triumph over Cope’

After his first 100 days in office, President Kgalema Motlanthe speaks about the Congress of the People, the sacking of Vusi Pikoli and Zimbabwe.

‘In the ANC there is always a tomorrow’

In his first interview since his inauguration, President Kgalema Motlanthe speaks about his reaction to his sudden elevation and the state of the ANC.

Why Zapiro’s cartoon must be condemned

It is because I hold the <i>M&G</i> in high regard that I find its views of the controversial Zapiro cartoon to be blatantly wrong and unfair.

Unravelling a world of white and black

Let's face it, since 1994 many leading black figures in the middle, professional and upper classes have played the ''race card''.

What is the ‘black struggle’ really about?

Although the Forum for Black Journalists (FBJ) has been censured for its blacks-only membership, overtly white racist organisations such as the AWB seem to have been left to relaunch recently. This is a contradiction that requires serious intervention by the SA Human Rights Commission and the government. They are a bigger threat than the FBJ could ever be.

In whose interest?

Political writer Ebrahim Harvey on the relevance of the Forum for Black Journalists' exclusivity rule: ''Surely, these editors are in a powerful position to change the conditions that aggrieve black journalists. And are there racial perceptions about power relations in the newsroom not corroborated by clear evidence of conscious discrimination but influenced by available skills and experience?''

‘I will rise to the challenge’

''This is not the first time the ANC is in a situation where its president is a different person from that of the republic. From 1997 to 1999 we went through a similar transition. The difference then was that Madiba voluntarily stepped down and handed over power to comrade Thabo, who was his deputy in government at the time,'' says ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

Zuma’s populist pivot

Enigmatic as it may appear, there are clear reasons for the popularity of ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma. Any lingering doubts were cleared up last weekend, when the majority of ANC national conference delegates nominated him for president. Even the ANC's Women's League has lined up in support of Zuma, who has long received the support of the South African Communist Party.

Jacob Zuma: working-class hero?

For argument's sake let us leave aside all other allegations against Jacob Zuma, deputy president of the ANC. Let us accept that he was justly acquitted in the rape trial earlier this year and that the subsequent corruption case was struck off the roll as a result of monumental bungling by the state.

A movement to applaud

Social movements need to capitalise on grassroots discontent with the ruling party, argues <b>Ebrahim Harvey</b>.

‘The alliance has failed us’

"Yes, we may at times be battered, but we are determined to strengthen our role in the alliance. There are different social and class forces in the ANC contesting its political and policy direction. These battles are far from over, contrary to what many critics think." On the eve of the tripartite alliance summit, Ebrahim Harvey quizzes Cosatu president Willie Madisha about jobs, growth and the future of the alliance.

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