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Who belongs here?

By Athambile Masola I recently witnessed a disturbing incident: while walking through a parking lot in the shopping complex here in Grahamstown I noticed a young man approach a woman driving a Mercedes Benz with his hands cupped as though he were asking for something. The woman was already in her car and she rolled…

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Towards a pan-Arab solution for Libya

By Zuki Mqolomba The decision by UN Security apparatus to step in militarily to resolve the “Libyan crisis” has raised serious legal, moral and political questions. Concerns have been exacerbated by the marginalisation of the African Union peace roadmap, as well as the actions of UN allies in Libya, which herald a different approach to…

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Why Malema matters

By Andy Carolin I don’t like Julius Malema. Or, more correctly, perhaps, I do not like the Malema to which the mass media has introduced me. But that is really beside the point. The ANCYL, under his current stewardship, is undoubtedly one of the most militant political forces in recent South African politics. It is…

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Who did the Indians vote for?

By Suntosh Pillay Race, place and identity are all at play during elections. The election circus has left town, new mayors make old promises and the mug shots we’ve been tortured with on street poles have finally been removed. The results were predictable: the ANC a little weaker, the DA gloating its victories, Cope nearing…

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Oh leader, my leader…who will it be?

By Athambile Masola I have been following Julius Malema’s trial with half an ear. Much ink has been spilled and printed about the ANC Youth League leader and it seems almost useless to be writing about him at this stage of his leadership of the youth league. The great “Juju”, has never been without a…

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Give them handouts, keep them poor!

By Nkazi Sokhulu South Africans love poverty. For too long our government has come up with ill-considered policies for poverty eradication and then we as citizens empower it to carry them out. Yes, we love poverty! To illustrate my point I want to share a story about my grandmother. She was raised by uneducated and…

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‘Let the poor cover their own asses’

By Zukiswa Mqolomba Our inability to reach national consensus on questions pertaining the dignity of the poor raises very serious questions about the trajectory of South Africa’s moral economy. One wonders about the fleeting pipedream of “non-racism … and prosperity for all”, whether it even constitutes what I once believed to be the South African…

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Could affirmative action be helping white people?

By Anton I Botha Talking about affirmative action has become rather hazardous in contemporary South Africa. One runs the risk of being labelled either a racist or, as the ANCYL would have it, a “counter-revolutionary”. What you are about to read is no doubt going to ruffle some feathers among both black and white audiences….

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The ACDP and FF+ fall short of our Constitution

By Steven Hussey One seldom considers that positions vehemently opposed to apparently unpalatable details of our beautiful, liberal Constitution are held by parties with seats in Parliament. But of course that is the case, and from time to time the rejection of South Africa’s values for human rights raises its primitive head. What an itch…

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Ek is ‘n Boer…or am I?

By Anton I Botha A while back I wrote a little piece on the Afrikaner as villain which was meant to be a light-hearted reflection on my own cultural identity and its portrayal in the popular media. More recently the comments made by Jimmy Manyi and others again made me think of race and culture….

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