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No-confidence vote: Baleka Mbete will have to put ethics before her allegiance
No-confidence vote: Baleka Mbete will have to put ethics before her allegiance
On August 8, the National Assembly will finally debate the latest motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. But before this date the...
When the PP hits the crapper
When the PP hits the crapper
Sometimes news filters very slowly up to our northern provinces from the south – well, I suppose it has to cross the Drakensberg. Hence we who...
The ANC is tired. It’s also tiring
The ANC is tired. It’s also tiring
Obviously now that the ANC’s national policy conference has come and gone, your intellectual life has been enriched more generously than the...
Dear ANC, don’t descend into mediocrity
Dear ANC, don’t descend into mediocrity
As a Zimbabwean living in South Africa, the similarities between the ANC and Zanu-PF are unmistakable. The two parties may have taken divergent...
ANC policy conference is overrated
ANC policy conference is overrated
It’s hard to justify excitement about the upcoming ANC policy conference despite the media being all over it like a bad rash.
There is no ‘I’ in open-plan office
There is no ‘I’ in open-plan office
On Friday a pigeon flew in the window without making prior arrangements. Linda, who works in the kitchen, threw her arms up as if praising the...
Gupta citizenship tale full of holes
Gupta citizenship tale full of holes
The news cycle is so hectic at present that, if you blink, you may miss the latest piece of the jigsaw to fall into the public space. There is,...
Have an instance on the fence of harmony
Have an instance on the fence of harmony
A company called LUX* recently sent me the most charming email. I don’t know if LUX* is an acronym for anything, and I couldn’t see a footnote...
It's not over yet, Dlamini has everything at stake
It's not over yet, Dlamini has everything at stake
The saga of social grants and the role of the minister of social development is set to continue in light of the latest Constitutional Court judgment....
Let’s up our political expectations
Let’s up our political expectations
It is important that we do not set our sights too low as a country. We had enormous potential when we chose a democratic path in 1994 and have had...
If JZ used  WhatsApp voice notes...
If JZ used WhatsApp voice notes...
I have recorded two WhatsApp voice messages in my life, both of which prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that listening to my own voice brings up...
Zuma fears having his day in court
Zuma fears having his day in court
Is it not puzzling that an innocent man would try for many years to prevent being proven not guilty? President Jacob Zuma’s continued desperation...
Speech may be free but its consequences for Zille and Trump are costly
Speech may be free but its consequences for Zille and Trump are costly
For many Americans, including myself, United States President Donald Trump is like a pimple on social media that cannot be squashed. It seems...
Beware the slide into a police state
Beware the slide into a police state
Police states do not announce themselves like melodramatic thunder and lightning after a hot summer’s day on the Highveld. Police states creep up...

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