Avishkar Govender

Between state and God

The object of every anti-disestablishmentarian is to ensure that the state and the church remain enjoined and act as one. On the one side we have the all-seeing power of God, which gives credence to the other side where we have the all knowing power of the monarchy whose monopoly over the threat of violence…

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Nah, it’s in Durban we trust

Six weeks was all the time I gave Johannesburg to impress me with its might and splendour. And in just six weeks I have decided that one would have to be completely crackers to live anywhere but in Durban. So last night I bid farewell to the sprawling dichotomy of the southern labour camps and…

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Vote for free education

To my fellow students I am given once again to reflect on the pathetic leadership provided to the students of South Africa by the ANC government, and in this case by the SACP’s Minister Blade Nzimande, and the ANC’s Youth Militia of Cosas, Sasco, ANCYL, YCL and PYA. I recall that they all promised us…

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Where is our Ann Coulter?

I have never met Ann Coulter. I doubt that I’m important enough to warrant an invitation to an event of the Young Republicans, and certainly I’m not conservative enough to be considered “one of them”. On the one occasion that I invited Ms Coulter to an online debate on “liberalism vs conservatism — finding the…

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The Poop

The Prosperity of our Potential, or Poop — as I have named it — marks the beginning of my foray into the world of humour and satire. I hope that people will be less offended than I expect them to be and I invite all of you to read it and comment here. I have…

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The forbidden trek

In blatant defiance of Siener van Rensburg, I have made the trek from the balmy sunshine of Durban to the nippy chill of Johannesburg and don’t I wonder why. Having discovered that my comrades in the taxi industry are about to get shafted by the Rea Vaya (Rapid Bus thingamajig), and that it takes 1…

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The Chilian Club: A book recommendation

The year was 2003, it was at the end of July and I was exploring the streets of lower Polokwane’s CBD in an attempt to map out the locations of every place that sold anything with a little chilli in it. Apart from the real Vetkoek Paleis and a decent Halaal Diner, there was not…

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We must scrap the prohibition of prostitution

We must scrap the prohibition of prostitution, because it unfairly discriminates against women who demand their money upfront. We all, as stupid men, have had cause in our lives to wonder why the state of gender parity has changed so that women are now equal but such that the demands made by women upon men…

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How stupid do you think we are?

So we South Africans are a bit stupid, fine, we all can see that there’s something wrong with the socio-pathologies which dictate our lives like rape, murder, violence, abuse and the silent genocide against HIV-positive people. But when it comes to doing something about these socio-pathologies, we entrench the stupidity by choosing the more stupid…

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Crouching expert, hidden authority

Lesson 1: When acting through political proxies, always ensure that the legitimacy of your proxies cannot be called into question. Ensure that at no time do any of your proxies refer to you or accredit you as the source of their mandate, their agenda, their authority or their power. Further, ensure that none of the…

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