A Turkish lesson for democrats everywhere

July 23, 2016

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The latest snub to the rule of law in South Africa came this week with the sacking of SABC journalists by management in flagrant disregard of the ruling made by the Independent Communications Authority. It follows a litany of questionable official actions, comments and downright disregard for the judicial system, the labour laws and, in […]

Phyllis Ntantala-Jordan 1920 – 2016

July 18, 2016

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One of South Africa’s great — and largely unsung — fighters against apartheid and for women’s rights died yesterday in a hospice in Taylor in the US state of Michigan.  Phyllis Priscilla Ntantala-Jordan was 96. An activist, polemicist, author and academic, she tended for much of her life to be described as “Mr A. C. […]

Posted in: Obituaries

The only antidote to public confusion

July 10, 2016

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We seem today to be surrounded by much deliberate obfuscation of critical issues by official sources and, all too often, by a swirl of lies, innuendo and fear mongering. The antidote is honest journalism that encourages critical thinking.

Brexit, nationalism & xenophobia

July 10, 2016

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The looming exit — Brexit — of certainly England and Wales from the European Union (EU) — should not overly concern South Africa economically or politically. Certainly not in the short term. But never has the slogan, workers of the world unite, seemed more appropriate.

The invisible Dr Survé

June 30, 2016

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Proof of controversial South African media boss and businessman Dr Iqbal Survé’s widely trumpeted background is hard to find. In particular, there seems to be no available evidence of his major claim to fame: that he was the physician to, and personal friend of, Nelson Mandela.

Nothing new in ANC ignoring democratic will

June 25, 2016

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There is nothing new about the ANC imposing candidates and leaders against the wishes of the majority of members. A long history of this practice extends into the exile years. But t2here are differences between the past and the eruptions in Tshwane over the past week.

Posted in: Commentary

Nothing new in ANC authoritarianism

June 24, 2016

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Around the world, essential public services are under pressure as local, state and national governments seek to cut costs. But such services should surely never be driven by the profit motive? So who is to blame and what should we do?

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