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The corrupt, those with power and those who abuse others thrive when their wrongdoing stays hidden. In government and in the private sector these secrets are kept because people have so much to lose when speaking out.  As this newspaper has often reported, from the days of apartheid to today, it is not unusual for...
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We occupy a tenuous space as media. Ours is the “fourth estate”; a crucial element to any functional democracy. We hold those with power to account, provide voters with information and also help build the sense that we are part of a whole that works towards a better tomorrow.  This frustrates those in power, who...
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Compliments of the season. Happy New Year. These greetings ring hollow to most of us now. There are too many things that feel wrong. The border with Zimbabwe is flooded with desperate people wanting to cross back into South Africa. The pandemic’s second surge has hit our shores with a ferocity that we did not...
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In February, Barbara Creecy, the minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, said during the state of the nation debate in the National Assembly how climate change poses significant risks to South Africa’s current and future socioeconomic development.  Yet her dismissal of eight appeals against the second phase of the proposed Mokolo and Crocodile West water...
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The SABC has an ignominious history of political interference primarily intended to placate the censorship whims of the governing ANC. For years, in moves that harked back to the repressive regime of the Nats, the public broadcaster has been used by the party as its political football in internal factional battles, or to censor dissent.  ...
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In 1983, the novelist Chinua Achebe published a short treatise called The Trouble With Nigeria. With characteristic acuity, his very first paragraph answers the question posed in the title.  “The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership. There is nothing basically wrong with the Nigerian character. There is nothing wrong with...
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On Tuesday, Free State farmers set a police van on fire and stormed the Senekal magistrate’s court to get to the cells where two people accused of killing a farm manager were being held.   The police took no action. “I want police to treat me like they treat a white man.” This was one wry...
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There is a truth in politics: this crisis will pass, and people will be distracted by the next one. Just survive this moment, and you will escape accountability.   This is a universal playbook, and the ANC knows it by heart.  But Covid-19 has shifted something in South Africa. The ANC, so used to pulling someone...
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