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National Freedom Party headed straight for the scrapheap of SA politics

“The fact of the matter is we will never regain the relationship we had with the IFP leaders and it’s time for us to move forward ” — Victoria Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, January 17 2011. If reports are to be believed, those words signalled an intention by the embittered and isolated, though massively popular, IFP national…

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Imran Tahir: A chance at a new start

Finally, all the paperwork and red tape has been cleared and Imran Tahir is set to be a Protea. This is big news. Why so, you may ask? Because why, as hulle se op die Oos Rand, his international career presents a challenge, not only to himself to justify the hype, but also to the…

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Back to the daily grind…even for dumb criminals

It would seem even the dumb criminal fraternity is geared towards starting off the new year on a productive note. Just this week there have been two incidents of crime which have made a strong bid for the 2011 Dumbest Crime/Criminal of the Year Award — award to be presented by M Trapido at a…

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PC brigade’s reign of terror goes too far

So in 2011 you cannot beat your kid, cannot speak frankly to another adult, even if they consent to it, cannot compliment a female colleague, or even solicit sartorial advice from a gay colleague. Why? Because why (as they say in the die Oss Rand) we have allowed the PC brigade to dictate our lives,…

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Happy New Year South Africa

I found myself writing a very serious and cliché ridden New year’s message. Yammering on about crime, violence, optimism, the World Cup, etc. Instead I will cut myself short and say just this — have fun, work hard, do unto others. Most importantly be an active, vigilant citizen. The politicians will not sort this country…

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AfriForum’s call could have worrying consequences

Conservative rights group AfriForum has made a call for parents to insist on mother tongue instruction from their children’s schools. On the face of it, this is a good thing. It is good for children to be taught in a language they are comfortable in It may even, as Afriforum claims, help children perform better,…

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Time magazine goes PC and chooses Zuckerberg over Assange

Time magazine’s Person of the Year award profiles a person, couple, group, idea, place, or machine that “for better or for worse … has done the most to influence the events of the year”. Well, that’s the official line, at least. So why then in a year where Julian Assange made us all sit up…

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What exactly is the agenda against Ruud Krol?

Orlando Pirates coach and Dutch football legend Ruud Krol must think he is in some kind of bizarre dream. Reports, radio phone-ins and internet forums have seen him painted as some kind of dead man walking. Which to be fair is not an unusual position for football coaches, except Krol is actually having a good…

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Animal Farm revisited at Boulders taxi rank

I saw something very shameful today. Plainclothes police officers from the JMPD, well they were in JMPD vehicles while all clad in suspiciously fake-looking football shirts, rained down on a group of mostly foreign men who offer cheap haircuts on the pavement outside the taxi rank at Boulders, Midrand. Tents and tarps were torn down…

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Oh Annelie, what were you thinking?

So author Annelie Botes has caused a storm with her recent comments over crime and black people. Now I agree with Mrs Botes on some of her points. Most contact crimes in South Africa are perpetrated by black people. Note I explicitly said contact crimes because the debate over which crimes are more damaging to…

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