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June13

The ANC created Zuma and the ANC will have to deal with him

Like many South Africans, I have been observing developments in the ANC for a while now, trying to make sense of them and in the process, also trying to predict the possible trajectory of the tsunami that appears to be building up within the ruling party, despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s good intentions. I hasten to
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May30

Healing South Africa’s walking wounded

When someone has grown up in – and been part of – a family that solves feuds through violence, and this has been passed down from generation to generation, how do they bring an end to the violence? What if, over time, the family’s genealogical make-up has been complicated – as most families are –
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May23

Gerrie Nel: Out of the reputational frying pan into the fire

South Africa was almost split in half when Gerrie Nel left the National Prosecutions Authority a little over a year ago, ostensibly frustrated by a combination of the suspected reluctance and the inexplicably slow pace of the NPA in going after politically connected suspects for various forms of crime.  At the time, Media 24 announced
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May16

SA needs a Mandela of our times

IT’S hard to decide whether to blame it entirely on the ten years or so of Jacob Zuma’s presidency, or just in part. But the increasing exposure of the raw racial wounds many of us were persuaded had begun to heal, forever buried underneath the seemingly normalising pigmentation on the surface, is something we should
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May16

SA needs a Mandela of our times

IT’S hard to decide whether to blame it entirely on the ten years or so of Jacob Zuma’s presidency, or just in part. But the increasing exposure of the raw racial wounds many of us were persuaded had begun to heal, forever buried underneath the seemingly normalising pigmentation on the surface, is something we should
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