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Journey from statesman to renaissance man to ‘thief’

PHUNYUKA bemphethe, so goes the joke in the black community as folks watched President Jacob Zuma attempting to wiggle himself out of yet another scandal.


Telling response to Kasrils

IN RECENT days Ronnie Kasrils has been referred to as “a rebel, a Judas, a scoundrel”, as “Satan”, and as a “disruptive, reckless and counter-revolutionary” figure spitting on “the long struggles and the sacrifices of our people”.


Slumbering church begins collective lament on Easter

PERHAPS the Christian church – in its many local denominational variants – was built for crisis. Or maybe, crises build or form the local church community.

COPE Mbazima Shilowa. Pic. Antonio Muchave. 19/05/2010. © Sowetan.

‘Vote No’ campaigners are putting country first

EVER since the announcement of the “Vote No” campaign a number of individuals and organisations have voiced their opposition to the campaign.


Resorting to over-simplified response to a complex issue

IF WE believe in the conventional wisdom marketed by some highly publicised opinion polls about voter behaviour patterns in South Africa, the pivotal moments for winning voter support in any election campaign come in the last 30 days or so before the election date.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela

Why I miss the ‘white messiah’ Jeremy Cronin

I MISS Jeremy Cronin. The erudition of his pen has waned. He used to speak truth to power.


Youth corps pushing back poverty frontiers

WITH an eye on the immense challenges of joblessness facing the youth in the rural sector, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform is making deliberate and measurable strides forward in laying the foundation for a success story.

MUCH TO THINK ABOUT: The ANC top six from left is Gwede Mantashe , Jessie Duarte , Jacob Zuma , Cyril  Ramaphosa , Baleka Mbete and Zweli Mkhize will meet with the rest of the national executive committee to try  and sort out the problems that have hampered the party in the Chris Hani region  Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI

Money and politics: toxic mix needing to be diluted

POLITICAL parties require funds, but no one knows how much will be spent on campaigning for this year’s elections given the complete lack of transparency of the funding of political parties.

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