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The mafia state is in full swing
The mafia state is in full swing
There is no longer a crystal-clear difference between the current state of our democracy and the telltale signs of a mafia state.
Stand-up guys, slate politics and the ‘other’ ANC
Stand-up guys, slate politics and the ‘other’ ANC
Wednesday. I’m early for the ANC provincial executive committee press briefing at the party’s Pixley ka Seme House in Stalwart Simelane Street,...
Buthelezi bows out ... at long last
Buthelezi bows out ... at long last
Monday. The inevitable, it seems, has occurred. It’s over. Not Arsene Wenger’s once illustrious term as Arsenal coach, but Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s seemingly century-long reign as president of the Inkatha Freedom Party....
ANC’s wishy-washy  ‘race’  limps on
ANC’s wishy-washy  ‘race’  limps on
Lawd have mercy on us! Please can the ANC leadership race be over already? Not because it is so amazeballs that our bodies cannot handle the...
Another Guptastic escape
Another Guptastic escape
My placard had the letters F-B-I written small in the bottom-right corner so as to not arouse suspicion. The agents sniffed me out instantly...
Public institutions remain at the core of state capture rot
Public institutions remain at the core of state capture rot
In the week in which the country celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oliver Reginald Tambo, the man who steered the ANC from a...
What Malusi GiGupta didn’t say
What Malusi GiGupta didn’t say
The minister of finance, Malusi GiGupta, cut a pathetic and unconvincing figure on Wednesday as he delivered a medium-term budget policy statement...
One last, exhilarating swim with true rebel Peter McKenzie
One last, exhilarating swim with true rebel Peter McKenzie
Tuesday. The Durban air is thick and heavy despite the early hour. The sun is invisible behind a sad grey blanket of cloud. There’s a spit of...
Deep inside the race to be prez
Deep inside the race to be prez
Report of the Mdluli Detachment to His Excellent Highness Number One: State of Various Contenders for ANC Presidency in Run-up to December Elective...
Whose black excellence is it?
Whose black excellence is it?
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Why McKinsey is not innocent
Why McKinsey is not innocent
I sometimes wonder whether corporations think we are a bunch of fools incapable of seeing excrement for what it is. Take, for example, management...
When you think of heroes, rather listen to your heart
When you think of heroes, rather listen to your heart
My sisters and I are freedom’s children, born into the ANC and nurtured within a revolutionary community whose sole purpose was to fight...
We mourn a friend and fighter as Zuma jols in Nigeria
We mourn a friend and fighter as Zuma jols in Nigeria
Friday the 13th. D-Day for Daddy at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Things are about to get interesting. President Jacob Zuma is about to become...
A movie exec walks into a bar ...
A movie exec walks into a bar ...
A movie exec walks into a bar and joins an ex-sitcom star and a president. “Pussy Riot,” he says, ogling the performers on stage. “Great...

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