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Shaun de Waal

Shaun de Waal

Shaun de Waal has worked at the Mail & Guardian since 1989. He was literary editor from 1991 to 2006 and chief film critic for 15 years. He is now editor-at-large. Recent publications include Exposure: Queer Fiction, 25 Years of the Mail & Guardian and Not the Movie of the Week.
EFF dramatics are Theatre of the Absurd
EFF dramatics are Theatre of the Absurd
The nation is agog at the video of the Economic Freedom Fighters MP Marshall Dlamini slapping a white security guard. EFF communicator-in-chief (to...
Juju and the profits of doom
Juju and the profits of doom
So Julius Malema, “commander-in-chief” of the army of little red trolls known as the Economic Freedom Fighters, says he forgives former...
Can you spell ‘man bun’ in Futhark?
Can you spell ‘man bun’ in Futhark?
I don’t know whether the TV series Vikings has changed public perception of that warlike, exploratory people — I didn’t watch beyond...
Rapacious miners unmasked
Rapacious miners unmasked
When Bishop Jo Seoka addressed the annual meeting of BASF shareholders in 2015 in Mannheim, Germany, write Maren Grimm and Jakob Krameritsch,...
Click here. Actually, no, don’t
Click here. Actually, no, don’t
Sometimes I think South African retail websites don’t actually want to sell anything. Well, okay — maybe they want to sell some Weber...
End of a tyranny
End of a tyranny
Just over a year ago, on November 21 2017, Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe after 37 years in power. He was 93. It’s amusing to...
The blank black and criminality
The blank black and criminality
Having been burgled soon after I moved into a new house in Melville last year, I am appreciative of (dependent upon?) the services of a security...
Dark forces threaten Member
Dark forces threaten Member
Malusi Gigaba is an Honourable Member, as they say in Parliament. He is, shall we say, a member in good standing.
Floyd, Iqbal and Mrs Doubtfire
Floyd, Iqbal and Mrs Doubtfire
Late last week, doubtless smarting from accusations that he took monies funnelled from the collapsed VBS bank, Floyd Shivambu launched a stinging...
Mummy’s hung in for a long time
Mummy’s hung in for a long time
I must have wondered a few times why the word for an embalmed body, “mummy”, is the same as a term of maternal address but I haven’t ever...
Weed war needs a little indica
Weed war needs a little indica
Let us honour South Africa’s decriminalisation of the personal use of cannabis, even if there is a lack of clarity about the amount that would be...
Of ciphers and little favours
Of ciphers and little favours
It’s often forgotten that apartheid and the Afrikaner nationalism that underpinned it weren’t quite as monolithic as they would appear when...