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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.
Serial lawfare paralyses the ANC
Serial lawfare paralyses the ANC
It was open lawfare in the ANC this week, with the leadership battles moving from meeting halls into courtrooms as more ANC branches alleged there...
Uber drivers fight back with spotters
Uber drivers fight back with spotters
Fresh from retaliating against metered taxi operators, Uber and Taxify drivers have resorted to keeping “spotters” in violent hot spots and a...
Mkhize works at being No 1
Mkhize works at being No 1
As the two main contenders for the ANC presidency, Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, square off ahead of December, the dark horse in the...
It’s NUM vs NUM as leadership scuffle hits branches
It’s NUM vs NUM as leadership scuffle hits branches
A battle between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president Piet Matosa and his general secretary David Sipunzi has manifested in violent...
NUM’s post-Marikana London visit
NUM’s post-Marikana London visit
Just three months after the police massacred 34 mineworkers during an unprotected labour strike at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in August 2012, the...
NUM vs NUM: Union members clash in Stilfontein at election meeting
NUM vs NUM: Union members clash in Stilfontein at election meeting
Intra-union violence broke out in the mining town of Stilfontein, near Klerksdorp, when National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members clashed over a leadership election on Sunday night, resulting in two people being injured and a union vehicle damaged....
Somali spaza shop owners take up arms
Somali spaza shop owners take up arms
On Tuesday, teenager Ismail “Sakin” Ali became the 21st Somali to be killed in the city of Cape Town’s townships in 40 days. But hardly...
ANC presidential race wide open
ANC presidential race wide open
Official branch nominations for leadership positions in the ANC open on Friday, with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa expected to emerge...
Cosatu to debate whether to support SACP at polls
Cosatu to debate whether to support SACP at polls
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) plans to wait until the succession race of the ANC is decided in December before deciding if it...
Why is the US chasing ‘Congolese     rebels’ in the Northern Cape?
Why is the US chasing ‘Congolese rebels’ in the Northern Cape?
The arrival of United States army troops in South Africa for their third joint training military exercise in July sparked panic on social media:...
Ire over plum tender for ANC funder
Ire over plum tender for ANC funder
A controversial ANC-linked businessperson and known ANC funder was awarded a multimillion-rand tender on the same day he registered on the...
KZN strongman punts Ramaphosa
KZN strongman punts Ramaphosa
On the eve of the official nominations opening for the ANC elective conference, influential party leaders from KwaZulu-Natal appear to be preparing...