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Niren Tolsi

Niren Tolsi

Niren Tolsi is a freelance journalist.His areas of interest include social justice; citizen mobilisation and state violence; protest; the constitution and the constitutional court and football.
Msholozi desperately tries for another (political) hit
Msholozi desperately tries for another (political) hit
Nongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal, 2009. ANC president Jacob Zuma is electioneering in the build-up to the national polls.
I fly high on a little Sinai ‘chocolate’
I fly high on a little Sinai ‘chocolate’
The Hun and I have a mission — to smoke cannabis in some of the most securitised parts of the world.
Pakistan is either good or ghastly
Pakistan is either good or ghastly
Perhaps no cricket-playing nation conjures the vicissitudes and vagaries of the game quite like Pakistan. Or as many synonyms for “unpredictable” – that essential nature of cricket being so intricately woven into how Pakistan play....
Proteas’ habitual arrogance belies their status
Proteas’ habitual arrogance belies their status
The crows in Sri Lanka are ubiquitous. The cynical suggest this is because of the bodies piled up during the 30-year civil war between the...
Mogoeng absent for more than half of ConCourt judgments
Mogoeng absent for more than half of ConCourt judgments
An indignant Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng bristled in the face of the concerns swirling in the legal fraternity about his many absences from the...
The Two Tales of ‘Tin Can Town’
The Two Tales of ‘Tin Can Town’
The Central Metho­dist Mission Church on Cape Town’s ­Greenmarket Square was filled with piano music and worshippers attending a lunchtime...
Political expedience is the final insult to polluted Masakhane
Political expedience is the final insult to polluted Masakhane
Nomfundo Nxumalo says she sometimes experiences electric shocks from her washing line and that the clothes need another scrub if they are not...
Austere beauty of Chatsworth
Austere beauty of Chatsworth
Pravasan Pillay is a literary ascetic. Chatsworth (Dye Hard Press, 2018), his collection of short stories, is largely unencumbered by...
Verwoerd’s assassin a complex ‘hero’
Verwoerd’s assassin a complex ‘hero’
Growing up in Maputo (then Lourenço Marques) in the 1920s and 1930s, Dimitri Tsafendas would play sword-fight with his friends.
The essayist who froze history’s quiet moments
The essayist who froze history’s quiet moments
On June 26 2018, David Goldblatt was buried near a hedge close to electricity pylons, with wires undulating from the Melville koppies past the...
Papa Penny the populist for premier?
Papa Penny the populist for premier?
Papa Penny is famous. With his bouffant hairdo sitting tremulously on top of his head like a crazy, hairy, postcoital doodle, his chintzy multicoloured suits and his fingers dripping with rings, he is also instantly recognisable....
‘Conflict of interest’ could land judge in hot water
‘Conflict of interest’ could land judge in hot water
The allegations in Prasa’s legal risk and compliance executive Martha Ngoye’s affidavit add to the growing criticism of Judge Tintswalo...