The koeksuster tannies of the ANC?

Mark Gevisser examines the aspirations of the organisation on the eve of its first national conference.

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  • Mandela goes Green

    A hunting trip converts the ANC leader to conservation.

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  • Bam’s battle for SA’s neglected species

    Brigalia Bam is part of a small-but growing elite. She is black, single, well-educated and travelled, a professional who holds down a major post.

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  • Maharaj steps down from leadership of ANC, SACP

    ​Mac Maharaj has retired from the central committee and internal leadership group of the South African Communist Party, it was revealed yesterday.

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  • The slithery business of pinning down the PAC

    The PAC has been unbanned, wants to take part in negotiations and claims a growing mass membership. But what are its policies?

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  • Zuma did not ‘depose’ Lekota

    ​The election of the African National Congress’ first southern Natal regional chairman, Jacob Zuma, has met with widespread approval.

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  • Let’s break our habit of violence with just laws

    Violence is a way of life in South Africa. And to end this tragic habit this country needs material justice before we can live in peace.

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  • Poet meets paradox

    Mongane Wally Serote had to have permission to come home after 16 years away.

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  • Now the Cape erupts

    Five dead, scores hurt in running battles with police.

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  • Prisons go non-racial – and censorship eases

    Black and white political prisoners at Pretoria Central men’s prison have been integrated for the first time in South Africa’s history.

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