I usually have a response to everything but I choked in two instances: » When a friend said: “Blacks can’t be racist.” » When a Twitter user asked how it is that I wrote an article on the Jessica Leandra dos Santos matter but did not even comment on the Tshidi Thamana stunt. These statements […]
Here I am, listening to yet another discussion on in-fighting among factions within the ANC. It is the ANC’s election year and I am reminded of the previous election in Polokwane and the nightmares that created. Our president was recalled, the national police commissioner was in trouble and accusations of plots to undermine leaders and […]
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The PSL Footballer of the Year Award will never cease to amaze me. It is obvious that the award is only meant to compensate and console the Premiership team and players who finish second best. Last year, Thulani Serero of Ajax Cape Town won the controversial award, this after Ajax finished as runners-up to Orlando […]
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Nelson Mandela, who has provided one of the very few reasons to believe in humanity this week. Even after death, the statesman has us out on Mandela Day doing our 67 minutes for the needy. In the week of atrocities like the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the escalating carnage in Gaza, we needed this. Thanks again, Madiba.Not:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered ground troops into Gaza this week after his armed forces rained bombs on the area, killing more than 260 Palestinian civilians. Among them were four cousins, aged between
9 and 11, who were photographed running for their lives on the beach before being killed.
After hammering hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinal, Germany’s national soccer squad could have chosen to gloat. Instead, the team posted a message on its official Facebook page thanking the country for its hospitality, praising its amazing football tradition and telling Brazilians not to lose heart. Good sportsmanship is worth celebrating.Not:
New Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has started off her term in the worst possible way. Muthambi decided to lend credibility to a dubious process to hire Mr Teflon himself, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Muthambi did not have to be bound by an SABC board decision that has more to do with factional politics than competence.
After being in office for only a few weeks, Panyaza Lesufi, the Gauteng education MEC, has to be commended for dismissing 10 teachers who were “found in compromising positions with girl children”. For years, teachers have taken advantage of vulnerable schoolgirls without paying the penalty. Lesufi’s new broom must sweep clean and be a deterrent to others.Not:
The wanton violence perpetrated by National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members on strike is purely criminal. It is not enough for Numsa leaders to say they are “unaware” of the violence. Numsa is the largest trade union in the country and the strength should be in their numbers and voluntary solidarity, not violence.
Africa sent five nations to the soccer World Cup in Brazil. After the first round, three of them have returned home. It is not an easy task ahead, but Nigeria and Algeria carry the hopes of the continent’s population to advance further than the second round. With a crowd as huge as ours, nothing can stand in the way. Go Nigeria, go Algeria, go!Not:
He has done a sterling job in ensuring his country advanced to the knockout stages, but Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, aka Jaws, went and did it again – exposing his teeth on the pitch. As he struggled to find the net, the striker bit an opponent on the shoulder. Fifa’s nine-game ban and fine are welcome, but maybe he deserves more.
Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez – because even total jerks can be hot sometimes. So he’s bitten two players, is fond of diving, and stopped Ghana’s shot at the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup. But in Brazil this week, he scored twice against England, a side with several of his Liverpool mates. Hand it to him, the dude has sizable cojones. Even if he is a prize jerk.Not:
Lindiwe Sisulu apparently harbours ambitions for higher office but has been shunned and demoted by her party over the years. But that has not stopped her from singing for her supper. This week, she repeated (and later withdrew) the old line about the DA’s black leaders being “hired natives”. C’mon Lindi, that line is so, so tired.
The picture attributed to Brett Murray as a depiction of President Jacob Zuma is clearly nowhere close to being artistic. There is absolutely nothing artistic about it. Murray simply took a picture of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin and doctored it by inserting President Jacob Zuma’s face and private parts, so that there would be controversy […]
Dear Ferial Haffajee. Thank you for constantly reminding us in South Africa of our right to freedom of speech and expression. You are the bravest editor in our country, the only one with balls! Why this outrage by the ANC and other art-illiterates about a painted image of a penis that appears on a painting […]
As a black man, I fail to see how Murray’s painting insulted me Siyasanga M Tyali is a totally myopic commentator who chose to play a race card as a substitute for logical reasoning. That City Press printed his illogical words shows just how protected and harnessed the right of freedom of expression is, which […]
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Bonolo Modise writes about the concert of a lifetime. Send your World Cup moments and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. On the road to the biggest music event to hit the African continent in Soweto there was an exciting atmosphere of unity among locals. Even though the park-and-drive system did not work out as well as it […]
ONE had expected that calls by certain individuals in the tripartite alliance for the nationalisation of mines and wealth of mining moguls Patrice Motsepe and Tokyo Sexwale would have at the least garnered support from the SA Communist Party that purports to be the home of proponents of Marxism-Leninism. To the contrary, the nationalisation […]
In politics, symbolism is important. No one should tell you to take off what identifies you because if you take off the overall, you are going to look like the rest of them.
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Saturday. The Croc and I are up bright and early. Impolitely so, if you ask me, but we don’t have a choice. The Commander in Chief is in town so that’s that.
Honestly, do we really need the department of public works? Has it brought us anything but embarrassment and scandal?