After having read my Sunday papers last week, one of the stories that caught my attention was the story with the headline “Dolus what?” (City Press, September 14 2014).
The chaos we see in Parliament is unprecedented and never in the sitting of the National Assembly have we had such non-intellectual debate as we have seen since the start of Jacob Zuma’s presidency.
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.
There must be no segregation in education. All children must receive free primary and secondary education from the state.
As usual, your newspaper alone got the point: “Point. Seven. Percent” (City Press, August 31 2014).
I now understand why President Jacob Zuma looks frail in his second term of office. The man looks exhausted and unable to sing Umshini Wami. His legal woes don’t help.
Readers react to the EFF’s parliamentary behaviour with more favour than scorn.
The actors and actresses of Generations, who are currently on strike, had their contracts terminated by the SABC. The big question is: how much does the show make?
Charity is a step back in alleviating poverty. At the recent economic summit held in the US, President Barack Obama stressed the need to increase funding to Africa.
A growing number of South African Jews have signed a petition against Israel’s attacks on Gaza.
After last week’s exposé by City Press, some state officials took the time to respond.
Readers react cynically to the news that Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi is cracking the whip over Nkandla spending
We, as South Africans of Jewish descent, strongly condemn the Israeli bombing of the Palestinian Gaza Strip.
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The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result. A true reflection of democracy took place this week, when 85% of the eligible Scottish population took to the polls to vote for or against independence from the United Kingdom. While those who wanted independence (45%) didn’t get their way, it is clear democracy is alive and well.Not:
But this is not the case in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, where there was an attempted coup last month. On Friday, police and military exchanged fire as the country battles to return to normality. Only strict adherence to democratic rule can free the country of its problems.
School kids are not sex objects for teachers. This is the message Gauteng and Free State education MECs Panyaza Lesufi and Tate Makgoe, respectively, are sending out. The politicians have axed several teachers found guilty of having sex with schoolchildren. Such brave action means culprits cannot hide behind their profession while abusing our children.Not:
It’s obvious. No words necessary. Bleddie agent!
South Africans are closer to knowing the contents of the spy tapes that saw President Jacob
Zuma evading criminal prosecution. For years, the DA has gone to the courts to force the National Prosecuting Authority to hand over the recordings. In it, we can only hope, are the answers the country has been waiting for.Not:
Mpumalanga culture, sport and recreation MEC Norah Mahlangu-Mabena seems not to know how to divide her duties between the party and the government.
Addressing a Women’s Day event, she lashed the Public Protector for being sent to destroy Zuma. Really. Clearly, the MEC knows more than we know. We’re listening...
Beyoncé. And no, she is not hot because of that rhinestone bodysuit alone. We salute the singer for proudly proclaiming herself a feminist at the MTV Video Music Awards and for so beautifully sampling Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s thoughts on what it means to be a feminist today.Not:
Marikana strike leader Xolani Nzuza. This week he told the Marikana Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of 44 people two years ago that he bore no culpability and would not apologise for the brutal deaths of security guards Hassan Fundi and Frans Mabelani at Lonmin.
When it’s your time, it’s really your time. Fresh from a gold in triple jump at the Commonwealth Games, Khotso Mokoena led the South African contingent with a solid victory in the men’s long jump event at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm this week. This could prove to be Mokoena’s year to capture the world stage and make it his own.Not:
Ratings agencies have become one of those things we love to hate. Whether anyone agrees with the downgrades or not, the minute they declare a company or country junk, a whole lot of investment protocols kick in, ensuring that the rating is proven correct. We have felt their scorn, and we want them to go away and pick on someone else.
Carien du Plessis had a few precious hours of free time during the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, and, after a few Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, took a run through DC’s Disneyland for democracy.
Hate speech. Slurs. Howls. #paybackthemoney. #BalekaMustGo. Banging on desks. Chants. Points of order. Walkouts. Finger gestures.
We cannot be funders of the beautiful roads in Gauteng when our roads are dongas.