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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.
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...
The judge, the big payout and the dodgy service provider
The judge, the big payout and the dodgy service provider
High court Judge Tintswalo Makhubele, the former acting chairperson of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) board, who asked for a...
Mr Thuma Mina winning over the ANC
Mr Thuma Mina winning over the ANC
NEWS ANALYSIS
Local officials destroy the fields of  dreams with callous disregard
Local officials destroy the fields of  dreams with callous disregard
When people start protesting, barricading the streets and burning public buildings and councillors’ homes, it is usually the final, frustrated action of those who have been trying to approach their local government to make it accountable. They are trying to exercise a basic right...
Soweto waves goodbye to Mam Winnie, the warrior
Soweto waves goodbye to Mam Winnie, the warrior
When the rains finally came to Orlando Stadium in Soweto, it was hard, fast, and with a measure of violence – like the life lived by Winnie...