One of South Africa’s most exciting soccer stars, Jabu Mahlangu, once opened up about his alcohol addiction, saying that things got so bad, there were times he was drunk when he took to the pitch.
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We chose a different form of freedom. Instead of a victor’s freedom, where Umkhonto weSizwe soldiers rolled into town in a display of power change, our founding president, Nelson Mandela, prodded and cajoled his people into what many still call a 21st-century miracle: South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy.
A young technocrat leader who led Nigeria’s growth path to becoming the largest economy in Africa is trounced by an ageing former military general who ran the country for a period of its dictatorship.
There have been some incredibly reckless statements by powerful people about foreigners in recent months.
Conspicuously absent from the heated debate about the removal of the statues honouring colonialists and apartheid’s great apostles is the country’s political leadership.
Who stands to win the battle of the egos between the top brass of the police and their counterparts at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)?
The problems at Eskom came to a head late this week when Standard & Poor’s relegated it to junk status. The ratings agency said it had less confidence in Eskom because of the suspension last week of four of its senior executives.
As you read this, a week has passed since Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane died just a month shy of his 55th birthday. His early death, in a horrific accident in which both speed and alcohol are said to have been factors, robbed South Africa of a rare political talent.
The debate in Parliament this week revealed a remarkable generational and political shift in South Africa. Two young political leaders, Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), and the leader of the opposition DA in Parliament, Mmusi Maimane, extracted an unprecedented level of accountability from President Jacob Zuma.
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The brilliant #147MoreThanANumber social-media campaign started by Kenyan tech activists has ensured the 147 people killed by al-Shabaab at a Garissa university have not become a footnote to terrorism’s ugly story. The campaign has given them names, faces and stories – and it has reinforced public antagonism towards this most cruel of organisations.Not:
A gruesome video of a US cop shooting and killing an unarmed black man has again raised questions about the use of lethal force by US police against black men. Officer Michael T Slager has been charged with the murder of Walter L Scott in South Carolina. But this is another black mark against US cops.
Trevor Noah, who will replace Jon Stewart later this year as the host of The Daily Show, the top-rated US late-night talk and news satire television programme. Full stop.Not:
Vusimuzi Windvoel. Thandi Shongwe. Who? Until this week, nobody knew. Windvoel, an Mpumalanga legislator for the ANC, objected to his fellow DA member Jane Sithole’s dress, saying she looked like a sex worker because she was wearing “see-through things”. Shongwe, the speaker, agreed. Words fail us.
This week Angelina Jolie had a second round of preventive surgery after gene testing revealed vulnerability to ovarian cancer. Twice now, this superstar has written publicly about her decision to undergo surgery to protect her life and keep cancer at bay. By doing this, she turned a private battle into public health education. She intends to meet her grandchildren, she says.Not:
Vindictive, dishonest, lacking integrity and honour and making false statements under oath. Judge Elias Matojane had nothing good to say about acting Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza’s conduct in a bid to suspend the unit’s head in Gauteng, Shadrack Sibiya. How can we now trust Ntlemeza to do his utmost best to protect and serve?
JP Duminy for taking a hat-trick of wickets as the Proteas booked their semifinal spot in the 2015 World Cup with a victory over Sri Lanka this past week. JP’s hat-trick was the second in South African one-day international history, but the first at a World Cup. He was also the second spinner to take a World Cup hat-trick, behind Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq.Not:
The world would be better if people like Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu weren’t in power. For a long time now, neighbouring Palestine has been living under Israel’s oppressive rules. In the run-up to the election this past week, Netanyahu vowed not to create a separate state for Palestine. Clearly, power corrupts – absolutely.
Sizwe Nxasana, the man with the Midas touch, has announced his decision to step down as FirstRand CEO. Under his tenure, FirstRand has become a top-eight firm on the JSE and is Africa’s largest bank by market value and earnings. The group reported stellar profit, a trend that has followed Nxasana through a star-studded career. A role model for generations to come.Not:
Speaker Baleka Mbete has never been everyone’s cup of tea. This week she vindicated her critics. When President Zuma ignored her intervention in Parliament – four times – she made excuses that he could not hear her “pleas for him to sit”. To top it all, she told MPs they were not equal to Zuma. Has she ever read the Constitution?
Rhodes was a nasty piece of work. The statue should have been pulled down and given to the Apartheid Museum in about May 1994.
Cosatu spin doctor Patrick Craven will be remembered as one of the best propagandists who marshaled the federation in supporting Jacob Zuma’s march to power.
President Jacob Zuma has failed us. He has not protected us.