According to a report in the <i>Mail & Guardian</i> two weeks ago, Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang recently attacked Mark Heywood in public as a white man who manipulates Africans to take part in Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) actions.
In the past six weeks much debate has been generated over whether blacks are worse off today than they were before 1994. Many of us "nouveau" free South Africans experience a sense of shock at being forced to respond to this question.
The system works. The conviction of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, African National Congress MP, Women's League president and national executive committee member, shows that the criminal justice system will convict even the politically most powerful.
Zackie Achmat's article in last week's edition of the <i>Mail&Guardian</i>, "A long walk to civil disobedience", deserves consideration and a response that is rational and measured. It will be a serious mistake if anyone, in his or her right-thinking mind, would stoop to the level of the author and personalise the important subject of HIV/Aids.
Good legislation is made when it achieves the careful balances required to satisfy the different interests in society. Such balance means a law does not favour any particular interest group and therefore prejudice another.
In these times of helplessness, there are only so many words one can say about the wretched war being fought in the desert of Iraq and there only so many slogans that can be chanted in opposition to it.
Those worst affected by Aids need much more than anti-retrovirals. If the money is available it should arguably be spent on extending social welfare, basic services and supporting subsistence agriculture as well as boosting prevention programmes if we really want to help those worst affected by HIV/Aids.
Britain's 1879 invasion of the Zulu kingdom and the looming US war against Iraq have much in common. A closer examination of what happened in the South African past, of how the exercise of imperial violence shaped South Africa, does enable us to understand the present more clearly
Policy-makers refuse to acknowledge that the majority live in economic depression. We have turned the tide, but neither the president, who told us this, nor the corporate economists, who enthusiastically agree, offer any positive projections on the economy's ability to create jobs
To describe the behaviour of the World Cup cricket administrators as slimy would be to praise it. Consider only one act: Mr Tim Lamb's cynical decision to withhold from the English cricket team any knowledge of death threats made to them and their families.
While there is no evidence that any of South Africa's cherished freedoms are under threat, there are signs that we are not paying enough attention to developing the norms and systems that will protect its long-term health.
When the former director of a biological warfare facility, in a new incarnation, chooses to establish a sophisticated laboratory where dangerous biological agents are to be kept and analysed South Africans would be justified in expecting vigilance from the authorities.