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Gareth van Onselen studied at Wits University, obtaining a master's degree in sociology before entering the world of politics in 2001. Until 2012, he worked for the Democratic Alliance in various capacities, most of which involved communications and political analysis. He then worked for the Sunday Times as a senior reporter and for the Institute of Race Relations as head of politics before joining market research company Victory Research as its CEO in 2019. He writes a weekly online column for BusinessLIVE, and sometimes for Business Day, something he has been doing since 2010. He is a liberal, a humanist and a published author but, most of all, a political animal with a deep love for ideas, statistics and argument.

Opinion

GARETH VAN ONSELEN: The DA’s Phoenix posters

There is a saying in politics that ‘explaining is losing’, and, whatever you make of the DA posters, this is currently ...

Opinion

GARETH VAN ONSELEN: The future of the EFF

Why can’t this mighty hidden force win at least one municipality? Sooner or later, the EFF is going to have to answer ...

Opinion

The age of stupid ANC money

There was a time money flowed into the bottomless ravine that is the ANC like a raging torrent

Opinion

The murderers in the ANC

How many murderers have been ANC members or held public office over the past decade? And how do we feel about that?

Opinion

From Tokyo to Timbuktu, SA’s scams are boundless

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this sort of behaviour is particular to Tokyo Sexwale. Scamming is a national ANC ...

Opinion

Scamming the ANC scammers

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this sort of behaviour is particular to Tokyo Sexwale. Scamming is a national ANC ...

Politics

Why the ACDP is eternally, religiously devoted to failure

The Bible and the constitution make strange bedfellows, something the Christian party knows all too well