Michael Trapido

Botha first casualty of the Pistorius media circus

Is it any wonder that members of the National Prosecuting Authority and the police are wary of the efforts of the media when it comes to high-profile criminal matters? I have worked against our prosecutors and police for a number of years and have found them to be highly dedicated professionals tasked with protecting an…

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How would we know?

The recent spate of violent strikes and protests has most South Africans wondering how best to differentiate between what Cosatu and others are claiming and what is the day-to-day reality. Try these examples : Media release Embittered Tshwala, spokesperson for the South African Minibus Taxi Association, today confirmed that drivers, incensed by the treatment they…

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Who’s behind the Marikana murder charge?

The decision to charge the protesting Marikana miners who were arrested by police with the murder of their 34 colleagues who died at the hands of the authorities is patently misguided. In this regard not only will the state’s efforts to prove the necessary dolus required for murder remain elusive but the alleged employment of…

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Vernon Philander: the next great South African orator

As South Africans we are far too quick to credit people from overseas with brilliance in a particular field while condemning any local who dares to stand on the brink of greatness. How often, for example, do you hear academics and the media going on and on about wonderful speakers like Winston Churchill, Martin Luther…

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The Skunk Whisperer

When I first heard that there was a programme on Animal Planet called The Skunk Whisperer I, wrongly, assumed that this was a docudrama about the courtship between my bank manager and her husband. You know the sort of thing … background music – Love is in the air – the happy threesome frolicking in…

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Freedom fighters urge rendition, death penalty

Freedom fighters – people who are going through a divorce – have a number of interim applications available to them in order to ensure that there is sufficient maintenance and security pending the final decree being handed down by our courts. These unfortunately are never enough for most spouses who are going through a split…

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It’s time for a cruise aboard the Costa Discovery

Are you bored to tears listening to the latest on Malema, sick to death of hearing Motlanthe going on about Spurs being legitimate title contenders for the premiership or Zille harping on about scrapping the currency and introducing tokens if the DA comes to power? Well fret no more because Costa Cruises, the British-American owned…

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Neutrinos faster than the speed of light – who cares?

The scientific community is at odds with itself over the question of whether neutrinos are in fact faster than the speed of light. Some annoyed scientists are even suggesting that the recent experiment between a particle accelerator at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) in Switzerland and the Gran Sasso underground laboratory in Italy,…

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World’s Worst Mom

Just when you thought that the US networks had hit an all-time low with Bridalplasty, the reality TV show where future brides earn more time under the surgeon’s knife by stabbing their rivals in the back, along comes a programme that is so dangerous that it actually beggars belief. World’s Worst Mom, another “reality” show,…

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You have the right to fart silently but violently

Thought Leader’s Sarah Britten has requested us to kindly write a piece on why we love the South African Constitution and then ask you lot to do the same via Facebook, Twitter, SMSing 078 949 3735 or going to the website www.wethepeople.org.za. Apparently her group are trying to get 1 million South Africans to tell…

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