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Carien du Plessis

Half the sky but less of everything else

18 September 2014 13:45

Women hold up half the sky. But 20 years ago, there was hardly anywhere for them to pee in our Parliament. Since then, more women have entered those chambers as politicians rather than merely their wives (for whom the few toilets in the parliamentary precinct were meant before 1994).

Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Lesotho mediator

16 September 2014 8:41

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been appointed to mediate in the political crisis in Lesotho as leaders agreed to bring that country’s elections date forward from 2017 in an apparent attempt to solve the impasse.

Madonsela spy saga: Maphatsoe’s claims enrage US diplomats

8 September 2014 13:39

United States ambassador Patrick Gaspard said he would be launching a formal complaint against a South African deputy minister who alleged that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela worked for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Maropene Ntuli enters ANCYL leadership race as sole female candidate

3 September 2014 11:42

ANC Youth League national task team member Maropene Ntuli has entered the race for the league’s presidency, with only three weeks to go to the elective conference.

EFF cries foul around ANC bus plan

27 August 2014 11:10

The Economic Freedom Fighters have cried foul, claiming the ANC is “planning to undermine the very Parliament that it claims to protect and respect” by busing in supporters for this afternoon’s sitting.

Nkandla: Madonsela is not above Parliament – Mantashe

26 August 2014 16:38

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has tweeted that she had the right to publish the letter she wrote to President Jacob Zuma, and questioned the ANC’s motives for hounding the alleged leaker.

ANC: If EFF tries that again …

24 August 2014 15:00

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said action should have been taken against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs when they disrupted Thursday’s parliamentary question session with President Jacob Zuma.