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My ass still aches, but 2018 is here
My ass still aches, but 2018 is here
Tuesday. January 2. The first working day of the year is upon us. The two weeks of respite from deadlines was a relief. By the second week I was...
Saving the ANC - a 7-step programme
Saving the ANC - a 7-step programme
At dusk on Sunday December 17, as the ANC tied itself in knots about conference credentials and leadership nominations, a senior member of the...
’Tis time for Steinhoff cutbacks
’Tis time for Steinhoff cutbacks
THE FIFTH COLUMN
ANC’s choice: Uncertainty or disaster
ANC’s choice: Uncertainty or disaster
Either Cyril Ramaphosa or Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will probably be elected the new leader of the ANC in a few days’ time.
Fevered dreams as the ANC national conference looms
Fevered dreams as the ANC national conference looms
Wednesday. The air’s cool from the rain outside. I’m bathed in sweat. I’m bolt upright in bed. Trembling.
Ruling on NPA boss upholds the Constitution
Ruling on NPA boss upholds the Constitution
You have to admire the lawyers who represent President Jacob Zuma and the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP), Shaun Abrahams.
Illiteracy threatens our democracy
Illiteracy threatens our democracy
What we read as children can tell us a lot about ourselves and the world we live in. The influences of our family, our schoolteachers and the...
The Cat is out of the bag in the race to anoint the Chosen One
The Cat is out of the bag in the race to anoint the Chosen One
Thursday morning. The rain has stopped after what seems a lifetime. The sun’s crawling upwards through the grey blanket of cloud hanging over...
Sixteen days of denialism
Sixteen days of denialism
Like most state-sponsored campaigns, the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children aims to create a positive perception about...
Exclusive: Baleka's new poem
Exclusive: Baleka's new poem
It is often forgotten that, in her youth, Baleka Mbete was a struggle poet. Today, the Fifth Column, in conjunction with our partners in free-floating surveillance and hacking, is able to reveal a new poem composed just the other day by the speaker in the National Assembly, one of the...
What will become of Shaun Abrahams when Zuma is president no more?
What will become of Shaun Abrahams when Zuma is president no more?
There can be an irony about timing. Take two prosecution agencies, divided by 8 000 miles and differences in the public perception of their...
Brown’s trickery doesn’t fool us
Brown’s trickery doesn’t fool us
The problem with dishonesty is that, once you are in the grip of it, it is hard to escape. If you do not believe me, just study Public Enterprises...
Safely embrace  ‘hoe is life’
Safely embrace  ‘hoe is life’
There have been times when I wondered why being queer felt, socially, like a hot mess. Sure, there were the confusing-sexuality times, being...
The dark side of bitcoin
The dark side of bitcoin
Let’s get down to brass tacks. The bits of coin lying around the house are not bitcoin. So, what exactly is bitcoin? Few people know. Is bitcoin...

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