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The ANC is not collapsing!

It would be naive and dishonest to accept the argument by Sentletse Diakanyo that the ANC has collapsed such that we should “welcome a new beginning”. Despite the pomp and demagogy that surrounds his thinking, his paper is premised on two main hugely empty arguments: (1) the ANC took a “fatal” decision by “firing” Thabo…

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Dear Mr Lekota: Let’s open the arms deal (part 2)

Dear Mr Lekota After your performance in the Western Cape, it is obvious that you are alive and well, so there is no necessity of asking. Let’s get on with these issues. Both you and I know very well why we are all here. It is the arms deal, in case you have forgotten. A…

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Dear comrade Terror: your political bankruptcy and hypocrisy: Part I

You wrote an “open letter” to the secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC), your leader and my leader Gwede Mantashe. It is the duty of all ANC members to assist each other with political education and assistance when these are found to be lacking. Seemingly you lack even an iota of political knowledge…

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Mbeki’s firing is good for democracy!

Since the sacking of the president of the republic, Thabo Mbeki, South Africans have continued with their daily lives. Of course, this does not mean our people have not reacted. Some are delighted, some saddened by these events. However, not even a drop of blood has been lost. In most African countries, sacking a president…

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Are Africans natural born dictators?

A look at the long list of African dictators, past and present, led one of my friends to declare that maybe it’s in our genes to resort to dictatorial tendencies every time we find ourselves in power. This might seem true, if one were to consider the long list of African dictators starting from Mobutu…

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Zimbabwe negotiations are bound to fail

There has been a lot of jubilation and misguided excitement about the recent Zimbabwean negotiations, what with the European Union praising Mbeki’s mediation effort and the brokering of a memorandum of understanding. Surprisingly this song and dance has not been witnessed by the protagonists (Zanu-PF and MDC) themselves. Clearly this should be a sign that…

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The xenophobia files: Part one

First of all, I apologise to all foreign nationals both directly and indirectly affected by the recent xenophobic attacks. I am not a perpetrator and I do not support the perpetrators, but, as a South African, these stupid attacks were done in my name against our fellows from across the border, and for that I…

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Don’t blame racist students — blame their parents

Just a week ago a young white male was mercilessly beaten at the University of Johannesburg by other white males for standing with a black girl. In February, the same university had an incident of a black male forced into a cold shower for some four hours. Now another race driven incident repeats itself, in…

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Mondli Makhanya suffers from Mbeki-ism — firing Bullard is a sign of that!

Mondli Makhanya’s paper has been among the chief opponents of Mbeki-ism, which is a tendency to fire those with whom you disagree. However, Mbeki-ism seems to have taken over the Sunday Times. Mondli beware! What Mondli did last Thursday was not only astounding but also embarrassing. How does one fire a columnist on the basis…

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Black economic disempowerment

Given the exaggerated praise that BEE received at its introduction, one would have expected that all of us — blacks — would be rich by now. Not so; we are still wallowing in the same poverty as we did before this empowerment arrived, save for a few black politicians and business people related to one…

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