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Land & outlandish promises in SA

April 24, 2019

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Land and its expropriation remains a common theme, along with the need to amend Section 25 of the Bill of Rights, as South Africa heads toward its sixth non-racial parliamentary election. But this is flawed sloganising: Section 25 allows for the expropriation of ANY PROPERTY, provided it is "in the public interest", for "a public purpose" and to provide "equitable access to the country's natural resources". Property, the section notes, "is not limited to land". The only proviso is that expropriation should be "just and equitable".

Let’s ditch myths about ANC’s glorious past

April 15, 2019

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Accusations about the manipulation of ANC election lists are nothing new. Nor, for that matter, is evidence of corruption, nepotism and the existence of patronage networks. Because the "broad church" of this liberation movement made unity of the good, the bad and the ugly the priority. Continuing to cling to, and propagate, myths may only ensure that the disasters of the past will continue to be repeated.

Marikana — and the wheels keep coming off

August 18, 2018

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In 2010, as he was reaching the end of his days, Henry Makgothi, former South African treason trialist and former deputy secretary general of the ANC, confided sadly: “I fear the wheels are coming off.” He was referring to the apparent inability of the vehicle of government to act fairly and decisively as nepotism and […]

Nelson Mandela’s views in 1993

July 18, 2018

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In the first internationally published commentary, written for, and approved by, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandea in January 1993, he outlined his views about current events and the future. These seem pertinent today, on the centenary of his birth, when his legacy is being debated and various groups and individuals attempt to lay claim to it.

So much talk, so little sense

May 4, 2018

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South Africa has experienced a veritable cascade of words from public platforms over recent weeks — not least on May Day — that seemed to reveal that, while so much has been said it has all contributed very little to any real understanding. A lack of honest, open, discussion seems to have reached crisis proportions.

ANC leadership: change, but no change

December 19, 2017

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Looked at in isolation, the election of the ANC’s “top six” at the governing party’s Nasrec conference, provides a classic example of the more things change, the more they stay the same. But it could be a case of Cyril Ramaphosa being handed a poisoned chalice.

Glimmers of hope amid the gloom

December 16, 2017

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Whether the much debated five-day ANC elective conference at Johannesburg's Nasrec conference centre — it started today, ten hours late — ends prematurely or in calumny or consensus, life in South Africa life will go on, with the lot of the already battered majority of the population unlikely to improve. But despite the gloom, there are flickers of hope; evidence of a growing fightback.