Category: Politics

Look at it from South Africa’s point of view

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Rate this OpinionAT PRESENT in South Africa there is a palpable anti-Australianism, particularly around Cape Town. This is a convergence of the ball-tampering scandal and Peter Dutton’s dog-whistling. South African citizens unfortunately believe that what Dutton says represents what Australians really think (after all, he…

State Machinations Round 2 – Post Polokwane to NASREC

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Rate this OpinionLong live the spirit and memory of Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela! Yet sadly, by Monday morning after her funeral, the media in South Africa had shifted its focus and was directing the nation’s narrative again. The outpouring of grief, memories and examination of Mme…

Who really runs the DA

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Rate this OpinionIn one of her interviews Mama Nozamo Madikizela-Mandela tells the story of how a young Zinzi came rushing through the front door one day to ask her mother about her father’s whereabouts.  “You said he was in prison, right,” enquired the young Zinzi. “Yes”,…

Newspaper spies and hypocrites

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Rate this OpinionTHOSE of us who aligned ourselves with the liberation struggle in the 1980s were well aware that the apartheid state had spies in newsrooms throughout the country. Of course, we did not know who they were, but this didn’t stop us from speculating…

DA’s service delivery plan omits the poor

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Rate this OpinionThe recent violent demonstrations in Zwelihle, Hermanus in the Overstrand Municipality must be and have been condemned. In a democracy we simply cannot condone violence of any kind. There is a need to inculcate a culture of engagement and sense of belonging in…