Sentletse Diakanyo

Jacob Zuma: A presidential white elephant

“To be or not to be, that is the question” that confronted Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of the same name. Hamlet is confronted with two important considerations, which pose to him a predicament of sorts; whether to reprimand his mother or protect her; to love Ophelia or reject her; to kill Claudius or…

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SA Jewish Board of Deputies must condemn Israel’s actions

Often anti-Zionist and Israeli apologists when arguing about the Israel/Palestine conflict, behave like toddlers on a playground needing parental supervision. There are those who vehemently defend the actions of Israel regardless of the atrocities it commits. According to their logic Israel is protecting its “right to exist” (**rolls eyes**). This is while anti-Zionists also condone…

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We need a nanny state

As Africa grapples with the strenuous task of finding lasting solutions to her problems under the mantra “African solutions to African problems”, we should perhaps retreat a little and adorn microscopic lenses to focus on particular problems, understand them and be able to suggest what could potentially set Africa on a successful trajectory towards development…

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Is Zuma betraying SADC’s integration efforts?

In 1961, Kwame Nkrumah said: ”Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world. I believe strongly and sincerely that with the deep-rooted wisdom and dignity, the innate respect for human lives, the intense humanity that is our heritage, the African race, united under one federal…

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Time to act against Israel’s apartheid tendencies

In 1975, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution which asserted that Zionism was racism. The resolution read: “The General Assembly … determines that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.” This resolution was passed at a time when the state of Israel was in cahoots with apartheid South Africa, it covertly…

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Austerity measures will hurt global economic recovery

The Global Financial Crisis of 2008 exposed particular weaknesses in the global financial system, regulatory regimes and some government’s inability to effectively respond to the economic misery imposed on the global populace by the worst crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The general global populace carry the burden of failures not of their…

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Why Cope failed

The origins of democracy can be traced back to ancient Greece and it was a Greek philosopher, Aristotle (384BC — 322BC), who said that “the basis of a democratic state is liberty” After many years of persistent tyranny that engulfed Greece in the period leading towards to the 6th century, the people of Athens reclaimed…

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SpeakZA: Bloggers for a free press

Last week, shocking revelations concerning the activities of ANC Youth League Spokesperson Nyiko Floyd Shivambu came to the fore. According to a letter published in various news outlets, a complaint was laid by 19 political journalists with the secretary-general of the ANC, against Shivambu. This complaint letter detailed attempts by Shivambu to leak a dossier…

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Can blacks be racist?

We are as humans, endowed with the abundance of prejudice; and which by nature widely distributed among all of us; though it may manifest in varying degrees depending on circumstances and individual experiences. None of us can with all conviction claim to possess no such quality which is consistent with the psychological make-up of us…

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ANC’s never in short supply of shady characters

The ANC’s never in short supply of shady characters in senior positions, whether in government or its party structures. One would be forgiven for thinking that the criteria for a senior leadership position at the moment is having a tainted integrity, character and morality — a criminal record or criminal charges would be preferred. Not…

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