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Women’s Day and celebrations of patronage

August 12, 2016

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In South Africa we should stop dressing up celebrations of patronage — and worse — as examples of gender equality. This fact was highlighted in a dramatic way by a demonstration at the announcement of the recent local government election results.

Quotas do not equality make

August 7, 2016

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Despite a clear South African Constitutional Court decision last month on quotas and equal rights, much election propaganda on the topic, leading up to the August 3 poll, was characterised by misinformation, distortions and downright lies.

Glimmers of light in the gathering gloom

June 12, 2016

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Educate, organise — agitate (for true transformation). South Africa's Bill of Rights provides a banner to rally those who are starting to demand the right to control their own lives.

The threat behind Zuma’s ’embarrassment’

May 20, 2016

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According to South African President Jacob Zuma, opposition parliamentarians are an embarrassment to him, at home and abroad. “I go around Africa and people ask me very embarrassing questions about this parliament,” he told a national assembly boycotted by almost all the opposition parties following the physical expulsion of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members.

Zuma, the “teflon president” digs in his heels

May 7, 2016

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The political teflon that seemed to enable South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to slip out of one scandal and crisis after another has been ripped away by the Constitutional Court. But he still sows no signs of budging and even electoral damage may not move him.

Forward to a Citzens’ Coalition?

April 26, 2016

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Placing a cross on a ballot paper every five years in order to hand over political control to a party bureaucracy is democratic only in that voters willingly forgo the potential power they, collectively, have.

Watch out when China coughs

April 22, 2016

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It has been said that if Wall Street sneezes, the world catches cold. Today it would probably be more accurate to say that if China coughs, an already economically weakened world faces the threat of double pneumonia.

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