Category: Politics

When silence is a betrayal

“There comes a time when silence is a betrayal”, Martin Luther King Jr immortally remarked. With the continuing testimony by a number of ANC functionaries at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, it becomes clear that state capture was facilitated to a great extent by the…

The Palestinian struggle runs through our DNA

Reading reports recently of the two school learners at Herzlia School in Cape Town who face disciplinary and education consequences, according to the school, because “they took the knee” during the singing of the Hatikva, the Israeli national anthem, stirred up some emotion. One felt…

The New Patrice Lumumba

Having been to the DRC in the past and met opposition leaders in their homes, I always wished a new Patrice Lumumba would one day emerge – and he has. I have finally met an aspirant Congolese leader who personifies all the values and nationalism…

Mogoeng is unshaken in his duties

Mogoeng Mogoeng represents the best of our judicial fraternity. As a person, he embodies the collective moral compass of a nation, and the stature and personification of the final – usually solitary – voice of reason. When all are losing their heads, this modest citizen…

Respect for the media requires honesty

Thinking allowed, veteran journalist, Ryland Fisher, reflected on the threats to journalists. They should not be intimidated, he suggested in his column in the Weekend Argus, 24 November 2018, titled: “Journalists are guardians of democracy; they must not be intimidated.” It is easy to agree with…

The cost of corruption

The myth that corruption has no victims is a dangerous fallacy. Some politicians argue, and many of their supporters agree, that they (politicians) may be guilty of corruption, but they did not commit a “serious” crime, like killing someone. Corruption kills. Corruption is the overwhelming…