I have a soft spot for pigs because these animals have played a hugely positive role in my life.
Thamsanqa “Bompi” Jantjie, the fake sign language interpreter, is us and we are him.
Would a government official’s child be in this classroom?
I recently found myself cheering for the All Blacks in a match against the Springboks. The bad refereeing that cost the Boks the game was merely poetic justice and karma.
Late last year, Dr Mamphela Ramphele invited me to two meetings where she asked if I would join her in building a new political project, which was to become Agang SA.
JULIUS Malema is our most exciting politician. He provokes wild passion. The snobbish black middle class is embarrassed by him; black pundits are annoyed and whites are terrified. But the black masses love him wildly. Out of touch commentators read his fortunes, narrowly predicting his political death after small shenanigans like the recent chaotic youth […]
THE moralistic condemnations that follow each episode of negrophobia – mistakenly named xenophobia – needs to make way for explanation. All the explanations to date have failed to answer the key question: Why the orgy of violence for so little when there is so much to fight for? A related question is: Why are […]
PYRRHIC. I like this word. I’m not sure how it is pronounced but I like it. When I first saw this word I couldn’t help but think about fire. I suppose I must have associated it with “pyre”. The origins of the word pyrrhic lies in events of 279 BC. According to the tale, one […]
HOW do we explain the strange behaviour of a black university head who is hired to transform a racist institution but ends up inviting back white students accused of racist behaviour? Prof Jonathan Jansen initially got support for his “brave” move from influential quarters including some university “stakeholders” such as Sasco and a cabinet minister […]
THE annual orgy of commemorating Steve Biko is upon us again. Parties, organisations and individuals who claim to uphold his philosophy and legacy will bombard us with his wisdom. But after September some of these “friends” of Biko will return to their lethargic existence, either helping the ANC to run the country in the interest […]
O our first-year university students are a bunch of illiterates! A new report shows that our universities have become glorified high schools because our students can’t read. For 12 years we pretend to teach our children when in reality we condemn them to illiteracy. This is educational genocide against a whole generation. These are Madiba’s […]
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Friday. We’re at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s eNyokeni Palace at Nongoma for the annual Reed Dance.
I heard with shock when insults were elevated to another level by Kebby Maphatsoe, a leader of government who audaciously called Public Protector Thuli Madonsela a CIA spy and accused her of undermining the ANC.
The decision by the Northern Cape education department to close down schools in Kuruman for the rest of the year is a tragic and regrettable one.