Michael Trapido

Zuma remarks on FW are technically right but don’t tell the story

President Jacob Zuma’s assertion that South Africa’s last white president, FW de Klerk, was as much a conservative Afrikaner leader as his predecessor PW Botha is absolutely right. Both were born and raised by traditional Afrikaans families who believed in the approach of conservative, white South African politics. What distinguished the two from one another…

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Zuma must pardon the middle-finger jogger

Chumani Maxwele, a student from UCT, was arrested, his house searched and then interrogated about his political affiliations after purportedly making an obscene gesture at President Jacob Zuma’s convoy of vehicles while out jogging. According to the Sowetan, Maxwele was arrested for “waving on” Zuma’s convoy when he was jogging on De Waal Drive, Cape…

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Zille must walk the talk on Max

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille is treading a very fine line in claiming that Western Cape Community Safety MEC Lennit Max’s alleged extra-marital affair is a private matter and that until allegations of sexual harassment have been proved against him no action can be taken. In terms of her statement of February 5 2010 Zille…

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Mpshe’s appointment cannot be justified

The General Council of the Bar of SA has confirmed that the justice ministry will soon be responding to the complaint of appointing Mokotedi Mpshe, deputy director of the National Prosecuting Authority, as an acting judge in the North West High Court. The problem with that, is that there is nothing that Justice Minister Jeff…

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DA and ANC demonstrate maturity over Zuma apology

The Democratic Alliance and African National Congress have issued statements welcoming President Jacob Zuma’s apology that he “deeply regretted” the pain he caused his family, the ANC and South Africans after revelations that he fathered a child out of wedlock. In her response to Zuma’s apology, Helen Zille on Saturday demonstrated why she is considered…

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Zuma’s sex life is not beyond scrutiny

South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed his relationship with Sonono Khoza and admitted to fathering a child with her. At the same time he marked his displeasure at the manner in which the story was broken in the media . This follows a number of individuals, parties and groups who have slammed the press by…

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Is Zuma’s sex drive out of control?

Though many South Africans are of the view that polygamy is a lifestyle choice that is best left to those who decide to adopt it, the news that South African President Jacob Zuma has also fathered a child with Orlando Pirates owner Irvin Khoza’s daughter, may not sit quite as well. The president is now…

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Free Harrath, then make him our special guest

Though the deportation of the head of the British Islam Channel, Mohamed Ali Harrath, has been temporarily blocked by an interim interdict, the questions regarding the basis for his arrest and continued detention — at this stage — have yet to be explained by police authorities or the government. Accepting for the moment that Interpol…

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How serious is the ANC on crime?

The South African public are inundated by calls for crimes to be overlooked, forgiven or — in some cases — not to be considered crimes at all. Unsurprisingly, the vast mast majority of these emanate from those at the very heart of power in this country. The number of judges, correctional services officials, politicians and…

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Togo bus ambush has SA parallels

The police have gunned down three suspects believed to have been involved in the Christmas Day massacre of Inanda FM presenter Ntombikayise Ngwane (24) and her friends. In the early hours of Friday morning, possibly acting upon information obtained from the suspect who was arrested on December 31 at a house in Eshowe, where he…

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