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State failed, not the Constitution
State failed, not the Constitution
Twenty years ago, South Africa’s democratically elected Parliament passed the Republic of South Africa Constitution Act. It was widely heralded...
Zuma, Dlamini piss on our Constitution
Zuma, Dlamini piss on our Constitution
President Jacob Zuma thinks we are idiots. After showing no leadership on the social grants mess that is still not properly resolved, he finally...
Tell-tale signs that life’s a glitch
Tell-tale signs that life’s a glitch
Over dinner the other night my girlfriend and I had a lively discussion on Elon Musk’s theory — which she believed to ring true —...
Beware the fake empathy of liberals
Beware the fake empathy of liberals
It must be nice being a bird. You get to chirp the whole day while sitting above the violence playing out on the streets below.
Fudge the future and feel better
Fudge the future and feel better
THE FIFTH COLUMNWe at the ministry of silly hats face the hardest task of the year: attending the annual corporate strategic futurological...
​ICC case shows executive can’t act unilaterally
​ICC case shows executive can’t act unilaterally
Identity politics continues to engulf South Africa in ever-increasingly virulent ways. Last year it was the universities that bore the brunt of a...
Phosa must own up to his role in mess
Phosa must own up to his role in mess
I was raised Catholic. I used to believe that God exists. Now I am agnostic.
​It’s dry, but you can’t drink it
​It’s dry, but you can’t drink it
On a sharp turn leading on to a fast highway the sign makes a brief appearance flashing the words: “This course is irrigated by effluent water”...
Zuma drags the ANC down with him
Zuma drags the ANC down with him
The political year is under way. It is an especially important one for South Africa (as well as elsewhere), and it is delicately poised. For the...
Left-leaning economists must stop hiding and challenge peddled misconceptions
Left-leaning economists must stop hiding and challenge peddled misconceptions
Right-wing economists get way too much airtime in South Africa. This is both because of laziness in the media and because left-leaning economists...
Trump, our Constitution and when bullshit runs wild
Trump, our Constitution and when bullshit runs wild
In August last year, CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria invoked a famous 1986 essay by philosopher Harry Frankfurt to describe Donald Trump. Frankfurt...
So what is the point, Don and JZ?
So what is the point, Don and JZ?
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Zuma, Trump and the absence of shame
Zuma, Trump and the absence of shame
Shame isn’t a lekke’ emotion to feel. It indicates that you have fallen short of your own standards. Alternatively, feeling shame can also...
​Zuma and Trump: A tale of two bullshitters
​Zuma and Trump: A tale of two bullshitters
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Sozzled at the Saxonwold Shebeen
Sozzled at the Saxonwold Shebeen
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