OPINION: Why Zuma’s trial matters

Former president Jacob Zuma’s court appearance carries huge significance for this country. That’s because his criminal trial is not merely about public outrage at...

COMMENTARY: Winnie and Vicki: They both tell the South African story

Two women divided South Africa this week. The one went to prison for her unrelenting racism. The other went to the grave after a...

ANC favours thoughtless populism

The greatest risk to South Africa over the next 10 years is not our exploding inequality, our booming unemployment or our grinding poverty. It is...

ANALYSIS: Will ‘Ramaphoria’ send us to an early election?

The ANC’s consideration of an early election is not so much about maximising on the current “Ramaphoria” as it is about the party’s concerns...

With Zuma gone, EFF is unmasked

What's eating Julius Malema, the Economic Freedom Fighters leader? Why is he suddenly reheating his attacks on independent media houses – this time with...

JONATHAN JANSEN: A good dose of humility from white people will...

I love you but we need to talk about the land issue. In the past few weeks I have spoken at different kinds of...

Land issue chance for honest discussions

The 54th Conference of the ANC ended with one of the major talking points being the resolution on land expropriation without compensation. The markets, which...

JUSTICE MALALA: Zuma’s tentacles are still deep in the Ramaphosa ANC

It is a mere two-and-a-half months since President Cyril Ramaphosa won the ANC leadership contest last year. The Ramaphosa term at the helm of the...

ANC would do well to be wary of this Trojan horse

It's an interesting place, this land of ours. Just as we relieve ourselves of the national embarrassment that is Jacob Zuma, who delivered state...

Analysis: Julius seizer? No‚ just Malema the manipulator

If there is anyone who knows how to press South Africa’s buttons it is Julius Malema. His speech at the launch of the EFF’s voter...

JUSTICE MALALA: Deeds‚ not words‚ matter amid the land hysteria

South Africa has over the past week been in the grip of hysteria over what the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania used to quaintly...

Things are heating up in ‘political kitchen’ – at expense of...

There is an established idiomatic expression that goes, “if you cannot stand the heat then get out of the kitchen”. These words came to mind...

Quality education should be front and centre of Ramaphosa’s agenda

Dear President Ramaphosa, like millions of South Africans I am hopeful again about the future of your country – in part because you essentially...

Motherhood is not for sissies in the ‘anti-mothering’ system we live...

When I decided to pursue an academic career, I thought I could best serve society this way. I also always wanted to be a...

No wedding bliss in financial fall-out

Few consumers focus on the “what if” of a happy event not happening; a holiday being called off due to illness or work commitments...

Stay vigilant post-JZ

Over the past few days the nation has been trying to decipher the machinations of the inner sanctum of the ANC. Tweets, leaked audio recordings...

ANC left ferocity unchecked

Picture-freeze this: a young man viciously kicks a woman in broad daylight. He kicks her while she is on the ground, having jumped from...

ANC shows arrogance of ruler – not servant – by putting...

One of the fundamental errors of the ANC, and quite possibly other South African political parties, has been consistency in putting the party before...

Hit the nail on the head with rental deposit no-nos

Hammering a single nail or hook into the wall of a rented unit, or using Prestick to attach something to it, can cost a...

OPINION: Arduous route to eject Zuma

Removing President Jacob Zuma was never going to be easy. Power has become like oxygen to him; the look on his face when Cyril...

Unity plea tested as some show true colours

The ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and the rest of the top six have ostensibly all been working hard travelling around the country trying to...

Best of Cyril, Mbeki, Zuma rolled into one

Let me say this upfront: it is not a pleasurable prospect to learn from several media reports that the ANC is struggling to get...

‘Inxeba’ has drawn the bigots out – ironically piquing interest in...

Last week I sat in a two-thirds-full cinema in Killarney, Johannesburg, for the premiere of Inxeba (The Wound), where its producer Elias Ribeiro bemoaned...

There’s the CAPS … and then the dangers of SA’s ‘hidden...

It was the late Philip Jackson who gave us the term “hidden curriculum” to describe the things children learn, inside but also outside the...

No time to linger – clock ticking rapidly on SA’s ‘Cyril...

People are calling it the “Cyril dividend”, referring to the surge in positive sentiment and investor confidence unlocked by Cyril Ramaphosa’s election victory at...

Non-profit initiative gives hope as public education system fails

Within education activism circles there is an ongoing debate about how far to support private education in our efforts to see the dream of...

Keep a beady eye on possible rogue debit orders

When last did you check your bank statement, line by line? Not only is that a good way to figure out where you can potentially...

From Walter to OR to Ace

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu once remarked that ANC delegates at elective conferences were mere “voting cattle” used by their leaders. This earned him a...

Passion for excellence

New Eastern Cape Judge-President Selby Mfanelo Mbenenge may be the master of understatement when he says some of the disputes that come before the...

Develop strong sense of own human worth and swat aside racist...

When a white Randburg school teacher was recorded telling black pupils they were “idiots” who did not achieve academically and had “only invented peanut...

Comrades-in-Guptas panicking as heavy stone of justice begins to roll

“I Built my own home. But some say he can’t build such a big home in Nkandla. You must be arrested because you are...

Not entirely a warm welcome home

Yesterday's meeting of the ANC top six officials must’ve surely been an awkward encounter. The meeting takes place weekly but it is likely that this...

The child tied up in our basement

The iconic writer Ursula K le Guin died last week. She was mourned by many the world over. In her story The Ones Who Walk...

Only lifestyle audits for top managers will save Eskom

The clean-up of the few rotten apples on the executive floor of Eskom would be in vain if the utility does not cleanse itself...

Why Afrikaans still has the power to inflame deadly passions in...

By the time the protesters outside Hoërskool Overvaal lobbed a petrol bomb at the police, it was clear that something as simple as a...

Never again must citizens be prey to whims of powerful political...

South Africans welcome the fresh air blowing across the nation following the rise of Cyril Ramaphosa to the ANC presidency. Former crime intelligence head Richard...

Stop ‘cannibalism’ of grant money

The state must stop the cannibalisation of grants by predatory lending. In 2007, I conducted service delivery research on the then young established SA Social...

JUSTICE MALALA: What now for South Africa?

The Jacob Zuma years took South Africa to the very depths of depravity and despair. His ten years at the head of the ANC...

Don’t be misled by labels – devil is in the detail

How label fluent are you? When it comes pack descriptions, knowing the language of the regulations can bag you the most bang for your...

Sleepless in DC: Long and short of the habits of super-achievers

Following Donald Trump’s recent annual medical assessment, his doctor proudly proclaimed the US president had scored perfectly in his cognitive tests and only needed...

Political opportunists breaking down essential cultures of our universities

Look closely. Slowly but surely the academic and organisational cultures of our universities are being broken down in front of our very eyes. This breakdown...

Whole world unites against Trump’s dangerous, irresponsible xenophobia

The global condemnation of Donald Trump’s racist comments concerning his rotten attitude towards countries such as Haiti, El Salvador and African countries is a...

Mabuza and Mashatile entrenching themselves in ANC’s upper echelons

Cyril Ramaphosa is the man of the moment. His image was emblazoned all over East London this week, on flags, banners and advertising boards...

Honouring offer-to-purchase must work both ways

When you’re in the process of buying a car, it’s really important to know the difference between a quote and an offer-to-purchase agreement, which...

OPINION: South Africans are trying to decode Ramaphosa (and getting it...

During the Cold War, a new profession emerged – “Kremlinologists”, a hodge-podge of academics, journalists, other scoundrels, and commentators, who would study every minute...

Revisit skills formation system while rolling out higher education access

The opening of the doors of learning and culture in higher education in South Africa is long overdue. But several questions have been raised since...

Matric data is manipulated again to squeeze out an acceptable outcome

I was delighted to be out of the country and escape the annual freak show of the national Department of Education, also known as...

We need to challenge our attitudes and rewire our thought patterns

The horrific train smash which occurred near Kroonstad is a terrible reminder of the cavalier attitude that too many South African motorists seem to...

Education system has shifted from one form of exclusion to another

The introduction of a no-fee regime for poor students marks a turning point in the post-apartheid higher education landscape. Putting aside the political machinations of...

Cyril on tightrope, must proceed with caution

The ancient Greeks believed the world went round in endless circles, sometimes getting better, then getting worse, then better, then worse again. There is, as...