Browsing All posts tagged under »parliament«

A citizens’ path to true democrcy

February 2, 2019

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Without democratic control over, and the right to recall, elected representatives — these being the “basics” early anti-apartheid unions strove for — the corrupting and monied minorities will continue to have a relatively free hand in manipulating and controlling society.

South Africa: sliding toward authoritarianism?

March 9, 2015

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South Africa’s teflon president Jacob Zuma, was at it again in February, slipping away from responsibility after the State of the Nation Address debacle in parliament. But no matter what transpires over the coming weeks and months, the country will not be the same again — and a state of emergency may yet be on the cards.

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.

A call to resist the secrecy law

November 21, 2011

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November 22, 2011, has been dubbed “Black Tuesday” in South Africa. This is the day the Protection of State Information Bill went before parliament on its way to being rubber stamped into a law that all principled journalists worth their salt will do everything to circumvent. And, courtesy of the nature of the internet, they will be able to do so.