Michael Trapido

Joost a bit ticked off

When I got back to the office from court this morning I bumped into Joost van der Westhuizen, the former Blue Bulls and Springbok scrumhalf who was recently inducted into the Rugby Hall of Fame. Winner of everything the game has to offer, including the World Cup 1995, I was surprised to see that this…

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Motlanthe must call referendum if South Africa is to aid Mugabe

Anyone who saw Zimbabwe’s acting Minister of Finance Patrick “whose fooling who” Chinamasa deliver his budget, to roars of derision and laughter from the MDC members of Parliament on SABC 3 News last night, would immediately have begun phoning around to see if this genius does children’s parties. None of your one-liners or knock knock…

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President Motlanthe’s right to privacy versus freedom of expression

“Freedom of expression as safeguarded in various constitutional and international law instruments has been developed and expanded by the case-law and the doctrine of western countries and by the struggles of journalists in a dynamic and progressive manner in line with the liberal trends and ideas of democracy that have emerged during the years following…

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Is Zimbabwe a province of South Africa? ; Vote ANC to prop up Mugabe?

Why is it that, despite overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing and ever increasing calls for an end to the Mugabe regime, the SADC and its worst offender, South Africa, refuse to accept that this will be the inevitable short-term outcome? All that we are really waiting to see is how short the period will be and…

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Cope, ANC policy differences is not the key issue

When Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States of America it suddenly dawned on a lot of people that something wonderful had happened that would transcend the outcome of his term of office. Good, bad or indifferent, Obama’s arrival signalled a quantum leap in race relations and a smashing of…

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Eight bells toll for Dali — Snuki to follow?

The SABC Board has decided to part ways with its suspended group chief executive officer Advocate Dali Mpofu who has vowed to fight the decision. The purported grounds for Mpofu’s dismissal being his failure to implement decisions taken by the board. The question that immediately springs to mind then is how soon will Snuki Zikalala…

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Democratic Alliance proposals for electoral system are a cut above

The proposals submitted by the Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille at a media briefing in Parliament on Wednesday offer, in my humble opinion, a vastly improved electoral system with which to safeguard South Africa’s fledgling democracy, reduce cronyism and limit the number of passengers that parties are able to carry into an election. They are…

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“Obama” prank call to Malema shows South Africa missing a great diplomat

Highveld Stereo’s Darren “Wackhead” Simpson’s prank call to ANCYL president Julius Malema is all the proof that we will ever need that the Youth League leader has clearly been wasted on local politics. The time has surely come for him to be sent to Paris or Rome … or anywhere. Not since Grace “Raging Bull”…

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Barack Obama’s new era of responsibility in a winter of hardship

“In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to “preserve, protect,…

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If Zuma immunity is speculation convene arms deal inquiry

“Amid growing speculation that Zuma plans to ‘spill the beans’ about former president Thabo Mbeki’s role in the arms deal, [Fikile] Mbalula said: “Zuma never started the arms deal. The arms deal was started by someone who was ANC president.” The ANC moved quickly to squash suggestions that one of Zuma’s allies’ strategies would spill…

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