Editorials

Editorial: Zim needs real reforms
Editorial: Zim needs real reforms
It’s official. Zimbabwe will hold its parliamentary and presidential elections on July 30. For the first time in recent memory, Robert Mugabe and...
Editorial: At every level the state fails citizens
Editorial: At every level the state fails citizens
For three weeks now, the Mail & Guardian has reported on the business dealings of ANC spokesperson (and one time M&G intern) Pule Mabe....
Editorial: Cele, prioritise cash heists
Editorial: Cele, prioritise cash heists
Cash-in-transit heists seem to be a South African speciality. They are now happening at an average of one a day, according to some accounts, and...
Editorial: Israel must mind its own borders
Editorial: Israel must mind its own borders
A day after 60 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli army, the South African government recalled its ambassador to Israel. The decision was in...
Editorial: State recapture of SOEs
Editorial: State recapture of SOEs
In his budget speech this past week, Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan reminded South Africa that state-owned enterprises(SOEs) can...
Editorial: Serial wrongdoers get away with it
Editorial: Serial wrongdoers get away with it
An often cited definition of insanity, popularly but wrongly attributed to Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a...
Editorial: Kick the credit habit, Africa
Editorial: Kick the credit habit, Africa
In 2011, the Zambian state owed $2-billion to external creditors. By the end of 2017, that figure had more than quadrupled, to $8.7-billion —...
Editorial: ‘Black Jesus’ falls from grace
Editorial: ‘Black Jesus’ falls from grace
It’s easy to feel a sense of smugness about the fall of the “Black Jesus”, Supra Mahumapelo. In many ways, the ANC national working committee’s decision to recall the embattled premier is a victory for South Africa. It is a triumph for the people he has mowed down in his quest to...
Editorial: AU is still a men’s club
Editorial: AU is still a men’s club
All too often, the African Union is derided as a “dictator’s club”. Huge strides in advancing democracy across the continent mean that this...
Editorial independence is sacred
Editorial independence is sacred
In the past week, executive chair of Independent Media Dr Iqbal Survé and Adri Senekal de Wet, the editor of Business Report, have left...
Editorial: It is time that we listen and learn
Editorial: It is time that we listen and learn
History is never neat. In the days since the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela it feels as though we are tearing ourselves apart in trying to...
Editorial: This spy nation urgently needs ghostbusters
Editorial: This spy nation urgently needs ghostbusters
It was surely the years spent in exile, on the run from apartheid’s spies and assassins, that engendered such a degree of paranoia in the ANC’s...
Editorial: Respect women, in Winnie’s name
Editorial: Respect women, in Winnie’s name
Last week, a 14-year-old girl went missing in the southern Free State. Her mother, a domestic worker in Johannesburg, was frantic with worry. Two...
Editorial: DA at a critical juncture
Editorial: DA at a critical juncture
This week, the Democratic Alliance inaugurated its headquarters in Johannesburg, a building so new the scent of paint still hangs in the air. It...

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