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A bit of leftist self-criticism

It is most unfortunate that while we on the left of the political spectrum have correctly criticised the failures of the ANC since coming to…

Cosatu and the ANC ‘top six’ nominations

The reaction to Cosatu’s decision to name its six preferred candidates for the top six positions in the ANC (actually eight candidates, as there are…

Getting away with murder

My husband recently got a traffic fine of R1 500 for driving through a red traffic light. (Of course he insists it was dark orange!) Now,…

President Mbeki owes us an explanation

The suspension by President Thabo Mbeki of Vusi Pikoli, the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), is a potentially earth-shattering event for our democracy. In…

Entrance fees at universities :(

On registering (once again) this year for my master’s degree, I was told that a requirement of my registration was paying R4 500. Should I not…

A contrarian view on Jacob Zuma

I always enjoy looking at a contrarian point of view that challenges the status quo of opinion in order to round out a debate on…

Close the United Nations

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's talk at Columbia University was a wonderful comedy show. But while his reception at Columbia is one thing, the respect the United Nations accords him is quite another.

Face it, adult men are uncaring scum

This piece of politically-correct tripe was South Africa's contribution to a UN waffle-fest on climate change recently: Women and children are particularly vulnerable to the devastating effects of climate change....

Could Mbeki be too smart to govern?

I get many emails from satisfied readers and from readers who think I’m a nitwit. One reader of the Silwane Files sent me this email:…