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Pulp(ing) facts about that Mandela book

July 26, 2017

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The withdrawal and probably pulping, at considerable cost, of thousands of copies of the book, Mandela’s Last Years, is unprecedented in South African publishing. However the same publisher, 36 years ago, pulped another book concerning South Africa.

‘Zuma must go’ — ANC Integrity Commission

July 9, 2017

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The high profile, but practically powerless Integrity Commission (IC) of South Africa's governing ANC still wants President Jacob Zuma to step down. The reasons are spelled out in an IC report suppressed by ANC secretary-general, Gwede Mantshe.

Former SA exiles hail Jeremy Corbyn

June 11, 2017

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Former SA exiles will hail the UK election result that saw "a grey-bearded, bicycle riding socialist politician", Jeremy Corbyn, a whisker of the premiership. They remember him for his steadfast support during the dark days of apartheid.

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.