A GROWING number of people, including some surprising names such as Max du Preez, and others more predictable, such as FW de Klerk, seem to believe that Eugene de Kock, head of the Vlakplaas torture camp and death squad, should be released from prison. Here is why I disagree.
“THE people shall govern!”, says the Freedom Charter.
EVEN the most ardent critics of President Jacob Zuma hold him in high regard for one thing he does well. Damn! The man can sing.
I HAD hoped for an argumentative reaction to my “diatribe” – Vukile Pokwana’s word, “So-called ‘coloured’ debate”, DD July 3 – on the ANC’s nonracialism of a special kind that would require some serious thinking before responding.
MORGAN Tsvangirai, the leader of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the opposition movement that sprung from trade unions, civil society groups and grassroots activists, has been “expelled” from the movement for his ineffectual, “bling’” and undemocratic leadership.
DOES the right to life always trump needless suffering? Anglican archbishops are lining up on opposing sides of the euthanasia debate, as the British parliament prepares to debate a bill today on whether terminally ill people should be granted the right to choose when to die.
AS THE Israeli state rains death on the people of Gaza we are confronted with a stark demonstration of the ways in which there is, in so many quarters, official sanction for according radically different values to human lives. Some of us are taken as sacrosanct, others as disposable.
ONE interesting aspect about history discourse is that it exposes those trying to narrow its broad context.