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Great reception: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, meets members of the public after attending a reception at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday (April 19 2014). Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George.

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Perhaps Bompi can decode Mbalula’s riddles

Let’s talk about Fikile Mbalula, South Africa’s minister of sport.

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  • This Week

    Hot:

    National Assembly Speaker Max ­Sisulu for at least setting up the ad hoc committee to consider the ­president’s submission on the ­Nkandla matter. His ANC colleagues wanted the issue buried and ­forgotten, but Sisulu has ensured it will be transparently considered by a multiparty committee, even if the ANC has a majority in Parliament.

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    Clearly a high-profile individual accused of murder deserves high-class treatment from our government. The R2.9 million spent on a private jet to fly Shrien Dewani to the country from the UK shows the justice department paid way too much. We all want justice in this matter, but several cheaper options could have been explored.

  • Previous Weeks

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    Police constable Beauty-Queen Nchabeleng donned a school uniform and posed as a pupil to catch a brutal serial rapist in Limpopo. She was among the winners at the SAPS’ annual National Excellence Awards late last week – a well-deserved honour for an officer who went above and beyond to remind us just how much good cops can achieve.

    Not:

    Shinawaaz Ahmento and Kyle Fredericks, both 21, were convicted and sentenced this week for
    the rape and murder of young Eldorado Park mother Tracey-Lee Martins. The two posed for
    reporters outside court, grinning proudly as though they were at a party. Criminals as self-made
    celebrities? Sickening.

  • Previous Weeks

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    Female leaders in the ANC don’t often publicly challenge the sexism that’s endemic across the political spectrum. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula deserves praise for defending Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. She criticised those in the alliance who decried Madonsela’s “big nose”, saying Madonsela’s detractors should play the ball, not the woman.

    Not:

    Reading up on a subject lends credence to anyone who wants to speak with authority on a matter. So ANC parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani should have known better when he called a press ­conference to discuss Public ­Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla spending. Sizani had not read the report.

  • Previous Weeks

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    During the course of the Nkandla ­investigation, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was stymied, bullied, insulted and threatened by governing party leaders and supporters.
    She stood her ground and proceeded to fulfil her duties of safeguarding the public interest. South Africans are ­fortunate to have someone of her integrity and courage in that office.

    Not:

    How does one begin to describe Thulas Nxesi? Puppet? Suck-up? Manipulator of truth?
    As the frontline man in the defence of the Nkandla plunder, Nxesi has dreamt up wild stories that would make residents of the Weskoppies mental institution envious. He is really working hard to hold on to his R2 million salary.

  • Previous Weeks

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    We think the ANC needs more elders like Ben Turok, who was bold enough to question the party’s inclusion of the likes of Dina Pule on its parliamentary candidate list despite damning findings against her by the Public Protector and Parliament’s ethics committee. Turok has challenged the ANC to uphold the best standards of ethical conduct.

    Not:

    A year ago, the Mkhondo municipality in Piet Retief dug holes for toilets but left them open. The
    incessant rain filled the open holes and two-year-old Innocent Mambane drowned in one this week. Whatever answer the municipality supplies as to why it left the holes open, it will never bring back little Innocent.

Nkandla report: Who stole what, who owes what and what should be done?

@City_Press 17 March 2014 13:36

Monday morning. I’m in showroom condition. Tip top.

Happy politics-free day

@PaddyHarper1 17 February 2014 16:35

I missed the Commander-in-Chief’s big TV gig on Sunday. That’s not something I’d normally do. Even on Sundays. Politics is like that. It takes over your life. Especially in an election year.

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We are grateful to the Almighty for the achievements that our country has scored since the dawn of freedom.
President Jacob Zuma during the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God’s Easter service at Joburg’s Ellis Park Stadium

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