Eugene de Kock

OPINION: No one should have to bump into De Kock at the mall

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.

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Does our parliament really represent its people?

“THE people shall govern!”, says the Freedom Charter.

After the Rivonia trial in 1963, Nelson Mandela was jailed and sent to Robben Island. There, he met with apartheid resistance campaigners like Walter Sisulu, whom Mandela is pictured talking with. Picture: Nelson Mandela Foundation

Struggle for freedom still has long, hard road ahead

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.


July 16: Bigoted response provides no proper answers

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.

Queen Elizabeth II Attends A Commonwealth Heads Of Government Lunch

‘Expelled’ Tsvangirai not prepared to stand down

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.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Archbishops weigh in on ‘right to die with dignity’

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.


Human life has relative value in more places than Gaza

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.

nelson mandela, albertina sisulu and pres. thabo mbeki at the 50 years of freedom charter celebrations in kliptown.26/6/2005 Picture: FILE

Race analysis ignores heroes and suffers from ‘recency’

ONE interesting aspect about history discourse is that it exposes those trying to narrow its broad context.

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