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Campus chaos: history repeats itself

October 3, 2016

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The current crisis on South African university campuses is, in many ways, a repeat of the 1998 protests, the main difference being the existence and widespread use now of social media and mobile telephony programs such as Whatsapp.

Zuma & the ‘Yugoslav card’

April 7, 2016

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It was the “Yugoslav card” — the threat of territorial fragmentation — that enabled President Jacob Zuma to ensure that the ANC leadership would rally behind him. He made it clear that, unlike former president Thabo Mbeki, sacked by the ANC, he would not go quietly.

Lies, defamation & the real MK

September 16, 2014

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Former South African intelligence services minister and Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) veteran Ronnie Kasrils has launched a scathing attack on deputy defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe who, as chair of the MK Military Veterans Association has emerged as a principal cheerleader for President Jacob Zuma.

Intellectuals, the academy and Pallo Jordan

August 26, 2014

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Pallo Jordan, former government minister and regarded as a leading intellectual in South Africa's ANC, has habitually been referred to as Dr Jordan. When it was revealed that he did not have a university degree, he resigned from parliament. This is his story.

Terry Bell unfairly treated, says council

August 13, 2014

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Journalist and author Terry Bell was treated "shabbily" by Independent Newspapers' Business Report, which summarily dropped his weekly column earlier this year, the Statutory Council for the Printing, Newspaper and Packaging Industries has found.

Apartheid’s “Dr Shock” jailed in Canada

April 30, 2014

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Aubrey — “Dr Shock” — Levin the South African army psychiatrist accused of torturing gays and dissidents in the apartheid military, and who fled to Canada with the collapse of apartheid, has started a five-year jail term in Canada for sexual molestation.

The need for long-term planning

March 20, 2014

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One clear message that came through at the Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town this week was directed at politicians and the governments they serve: stop short-term thinking and planning. In energy terms as well as water and food security, it is necessary to plan for 30 or even 50 years ahead. Lawrence Jones, vice-president […]