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Govan Whittles

Govan Whittles

Govan Whittles is a general news and political multimedia journalist at the Mail & Guardian. Born in King William's Town in the Eastern Cape, he cut his teeth as a radio journalist at Primedia Broadcasting. He produced two documentaries and one short film for the Walter Sisulu University, and enjoys writing about grassroots issues, national politics, identity, heritage and hip-hop culture.
ANC won’t demand more resignations after Nene quits
ANC won’t demand more resignations after Nene quits
Ministers should decide for themselves if they will resign after appearing before the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture. They...
More heads must roll - EFF
More heads must roll - EFF
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for more heads in Cabinet to roll following President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement on Tuesday of...
Labour regroups after damp-squib jobs summit
Labour regroups after damp-squib jobs summit
South Africa’s labour movements have been sent back to the drawing board after the presidential jobs summit failed to arrive at an agreement with...
Police can smoke out dagga farmers
Police can smoke out dagga farmers
Agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana has told Eastern Cape cannabis farmers not to expect protection from his department against the spraying of...
Cape Flats groups meet with parly over gangsterism and rape
Cape Flats groups meet with parly over gangsterism and rape
Civic groups from Cape Town's gang-ridden communities on the Cape Flats have called on parliament to rid their local police stations of...
More irrigation, less migration
More irrigation, less migration
Investing in irrigation in Africa’s semi-arid areas could stem the flow of migrants from the continent across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe...
Communities reject Mantashe’s mining charter
Communities reject Mantashe’s mining charter
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s revised mining charter has already stirred up unhappiness within mining communities who claim the...
Police commissioner tells cops to let the stoners blaze
Police commissioner tells cops to let the stoners blaze
Following a groundbreaking court judgment last week, national police commissioner  Lieutenant General Khehla Sitole has instructed the Hawks,...
Arrests made in Cape Town shutdown protests
Arrests made in Cape Town shutdown protests
About 300 people are preparing to march from Bonteheuwel to the Bishop Lavis police station to demand the release of protesters arrested during the...
Stoners guide to #dagga judgement: It's not safe to smoke
Stoners guide to #dagga judgement: It's not safe to smoke
This week’s Constitutional Court order confirming the right to private cannabis use was celebrated by stoners in South Africa. But it has also...
Gareth Prince is still burning to be a lawyer
Gareth Prince is still burning to be a lawyer
When Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo handed down the Constitutional Court’s decision to decriminalise the personal and private use of...
Anti land expropriation groups targeting Vincent Smith — ANC caucus
Anti land expropriation groups targeting Vincent Smith — ANC caucus
The ANC believes its MP Vincent Smith has become a target of organisations bent on preventing the expropriation of land without compensation.