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Christi van der Westhuizen

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Dr Christi van der Westhuizen is an award-winning political columnist and the author of the book Working Democracy: Perspectives on South Africa's Parliament at 20 Years, available for download at www.pmg.org.za.

Twitter @ChristivdWest;
Email christiwza[at]yahoo.com.

Schadenfreude…who will have the last laugh?

A while back I had the disconcerting experience of receiving a spontaneous ovation from an audience consisting mainly of Afrikaners. The statement that led to…

The Z factor: Is the real Jacob Zuma emerging?

Jolly. Jovial. Man of the people. This is how presidential hopeful Jacob Zuma has been projecting himself to South Africans. Here and there reality interfered…

Zapiro, Zuma and us – Part 2. Using rape against rape

Recently Dr Mamphela Ramphele astutely observed that the problem with African leaders is their inability “to envision their roles as agents of fundamental transformation of…

Zapiro, Zuma and us

With his latest Sunday Times cartoon, Zapiro has ventured where angels should fear to tread. I am saying “should” because it shows that journalist-cartoonists can…

Blacker than thou

Déjà vu — again. And of a particularly nasty variety too. After refusing to apologise for inciting violence by saying he’d “kill” for ANC president…

This is us. Welcome to South Africa

This is us. No miracle nation. No rainbow nation. Just us: violent; intolerant of difference — hitting where it hurts. Let’s not try to sweet-talk…

The ANC guide to truncating democracy

What is happening to the ANC? Raw power politics has replaced principle. Where are the women and men of heart and reason to raise their…