Mexico Drug Wars

Mexico court allows recreational cocaine in landmark decision

The ruling, which does not allow for the sale of the drug, is now under review by a higher court at the government's request

Mexico is no mentor for SA press, Mr President

President Jacob Zuma held up Mexico as an example of the reporting South African news organisations should strive for. But what does that mean?

Blogging the brutal truth about Mexico’s drug wars

Blog del Narco – – has become a must-read for authorities, drug gangs.

Mexico captures top Gulf cartel drug boss “El Coss”

Mexico says its navy has captured one of the country's most wanted drug bosses - the head of the Gulf cartel, Jorge Costilla, alias "El Coss".

Pena Nieto surges to victory in Mexico’s presidential polls

Enrique Pena Nieto, the youthful candidate of the party that governed Mexico for decades, has won a resounding victory in the presidential election.

Mexican presidential race begins as 90 000 protest

Mexico's presidential race has entered a critical phase after candidates clashed in a debate and 90000 people protested against the frontrunner.

Turf wars played out in massacres

Mexico's body count of innocents and gangsters rises as cartel feuds increase and spare no one.

US weapons arm Mexican gangs

Drug cartels kill thousands of police officers and civilians each year, but gun control remains lax.

Casino attack in Mexico’s Monterrey kills over 50

Armed men killed at least 51 people in an attack on a casino in northern Mexico that left the building ablaze with gamblers trapped inside.

Thousands of Mexicans march to protest drug war

Tens of thousands of Mexicans on Sunday marched into the capital city to protest the wave of killing that has claimed 38 000 lives since 2006.

Body count from Mexican mass graves nears 300

The number of murder victims unearthed in mass graves in northern Mexico this month has risen to 279.


From the archives: For the first time, an insiders’ account of the Third Force

Two young gangsters give an horrific account of how they were encouraged, equipped and trained to carry out violence against ANC-linked targets by the security forces.

Ramaphosa bets big on infrastructure to boost economy

Sona was a mixed bag but there were some meaningful announcements

Stranded commuters say Ramaphosa’s rail promises ring hollow

Cape Town’s largest passenger rail line has been closed for months, hitting people’s pockets and adding to road traffic congestion

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it