Vuyo Sokupa

Big, bold and bootylicious

If Napo Masheane tired of the performing arts, she could make a suitable candidate for Africa's second female president, writes Vuyo Sokupa.

Seeing the God of my very own understanding

Raised in an incredibly religious home, where God was given reverence every waking moment and Sunday activities were mapped around the length of the church service, it was not strange that at some point I distanced myself from God and his righteousness, writes Vuyo Sokupa.

Women’s league faces its demons

The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) has been hard hit by neglected branches, failed recruitment strategies, unstable provincial leadership and inadequate resources, says league secretary general Bathabile Dlamini. In a frank report presented to the women's league, Dlamini also lambasted the league's leaders for not fulfilling their official responsibilities.

‘A helping hand of equals’

“When Mother Theresa said 'in this life we cannot do great things, we can only do small things with great love', I knew she was speaking directly to us and the work that we do,” says Cornelius Ramela, a dedicated worker at Ikageng Itereleng Aids Ministry in Soweto. Ramela is one of a growing number of Africans who invest their time and energy in volunteering or civic service.

Young, black and unhappy

One young black professional's resignation letter has opened up the floodgates for others to express their feelings about the unfair treatment they receive from their employers. These young professionals are willing to share their experiences, but have chosen to keep their identities unknown for fear of jeopardising their current and future career prospects.

Rape case bungled

Insult has been added to injury for the 24-year-old woman who survived a horrific gang rape in a cell at the Volksrust police station last month. First the prosecution of the police on duty that night was bungled by poor investigation, now she is being forced to pay a R50 fine for public drunkenness.

Banyana Cinderellas

Banyana Banyana, the South African women's national football team, will have two goals when they trot on to the pitch for their match against Equatorial Guinea on Sunday. They will be hoping to nullify the heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the West Africans in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, during the first leg last month. And they will attempt to gain the respect they believe they deserve.

‘See nothing’ cops suspended over rape in cell

The two police constables who were on duty at Volksrust police station in Mpumalanga when a 24-year-old woman was gang raped after being locked up in a cell with six men, have been suspended. “The acting provincial police commissioner signed their suspensions yesterday [Tuesday] and they were effective immediately,” said Mpumalanga Senior Superintendent Sibongile Nkosi.

Problem-stricken feeding scheme

One million underprivileged school children in the Eastern Cape, who should be benefiting from the School Nutrition Programme, are now at the mercy of the provincial department of education, which has temp­orarily suspended the programme amid allegations of R100-million in irregular tender awards.

Government crosses harpoons with divers

The imminent enforcement of a permit system for scuba divers who frequent the world-renowned waters of four of South Africa's 19 marine protected areas has caused a furore in the scuba-diving community, which has likened the permit requirement to a taxation system.

Politicians take time out

ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma will be opening his Christmas presents and kissing his numerous wives under the mistletoe at his homestead in Nkandla, northern KwaZulu-Natal, the Mail & Guardian has established. One assumes President Thabo Mbeki will not be among the guests.

The A to F of SA’s Cabinet

Who scores a D for leadership? Whose strength is her frankness? Whose department did move to clean up some of the mess of past years in 2006? Who is a pragmatist either in hiding or deluded about the power of the state? The Mail & Guardian presents its yearly, no-holds-barred Cabinet report card.

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