After the much talked-about development of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home, it is not hard to see that in South Africa freedom is enjoyed by an elite minority, mainly those in power.
What is national intelligence doing about this time bomb called xenophobia? South Africa escaped a war, thanks to Madiba’s reconciliation skills.
Reports about a school in the Free State that has been upholding racist practices cannot be entirely surprising.
The hurtful and hateful opinion piece by Phumlani Mfeka titled “Are we strangers in a strange land?” refers.
I cannot contain my shock and disgust at the negative weekend reports churned out about the late Vuyo Mbuli hardly 48 hours after his burial. As an African, my jaw dropped as I read the rubbish line for line.
The statement that Madiba’s family is ripped apart is not true, writes Ismail Ayob.
The mood of April 27 1994 will remain etched in my memory for the rest of my life.
Can the church be relevant to South Africa’s social transformation in the future?
On behalf of the Pro-Afrikaans Action Group (Praag) and all Afrikaans speakers in the country, I strongly object to your sensationalist headline: “My child hates Afrikaans people” (City Press, May 5).
The heartbreaking investigative article covered by your photojournalist Lungelo Mbulwana, “This is a disgrace” (City Press, May 5 2013), left many of us with more questions than possible legitimate answers.
Efforts by City Press to publish a list of 100 world-class South Africans must be appreciated in the context of recognising our true democratic advances.
Gratuitously ungracious, unsubstantiated allegations about my deficiency of skills, lack of independence, and being unprogressive cannot go unchallenged.
Your assertions on the front page last week (City Press, April 21) cannot go unchallenged.
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TV personality Bonang Matheba’s meteoric rise is nothing short of a true South African dream. As we celebrate Youth Day, we salute the achievements of this hardworking young woman. This week, Matheba was named the first ever black South African “spokesmodel” for Revlon, the international cosmetics house. Other faces for the brand are US actresses Halle Berry and Emma Stone.Not:
The Zonder water Prison parole board that was overruled this week by the North Gauteng High Court for their decision to release two of the so-called Waterkloof Four killers on parole in 2011. Justice has finally spoken – the killers will be back behind bars soon and senior correctional services officials were suspended for gross negligence and ignoring procedure.
We celebrate Benni McCarthy’s early retirement from soccer. This young Capetonian has been one of the country’s greatest exports. He has represented South Africa at all levels, he is currently Bafana’s leading goal scorer of all time, he has played in the most competitive leagues of the world and he even has a Uefa Champions League medal.Not:
The continued disregard of the needs of children in Limpopo schools is unacceptable. Halfway through the current year, some schools are experiencing shortages of books and now midyear exams had to be postponed because officials did not do their jobs. Our children’s future is dependent on this education. Denying them this right shows no one cares.
Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana goalie Itumeleng Khune has been on the professional scene for six years, but the 26-year-old from Tshing in Ventersdorp, North West, has achieved more than some of those who have been there much longer. This week’s clean sweep of PSL awards confirmed Itu’s status as Mzansi’s No 1 – and his trophy cabinet is running out of space.Not:
Several members of KwaZulu-Natal’s legislature have been miraculously healed after claiming for two years that their “disabilities” meant they needed R15?000 a month for personal drivers. When a change in legislative policy meant they had to produce medical proof of their condition, they suddenly became whole and changed their tune.
SABC2 Morning Live anchor Vuyo Mbuli’s passing last Saturday will leave a void in many South Africans’ lives. This is the man we woke up with every morning for more than a decade. As a journalist, Mbuli never turned his interviewees into objects, but treated them with respect as human beings. With him gone, we can only wish for more “sharp sharp” in the mornings.Not:
Culture, we all agree, is important. But when young men die in the name of culture, society expects leaders to stand up and deal with the challenges. Mpumalanga health MEC Candith Mashego-Dlamini failed to be a leader when she said she could not respond to the deaths of 30 initiates. She should know better that death, irrespective of culture, is still death.
City Press readers. This week, your newspaper won a clutch of awards at the Sikuvile ceremony. The awards were won for our work on finding the stories of the lives of the miners who died at Marikana and for our investigation into the splurging of R206 million on the president’s estate at Nkandla. Thank you for supporting City Press and our work.Not:
Instructors at the Army Infantry School in Oudtshoorn, who were suspended this week after assaulting 10 recruits who sneaked out for a drink. The recruits were hit with broomsticks on their kidneys while they were forced to carry poles while naked. The military ombudsman is investigating the disgusting incident.
I’m all for public holidays. Particularly when they are about events as important as those of June 16 1976. It’s proper that there’s time to take a step back and think on those kind of holidays. Go to a rally. Listen to speeches. And then go drinking.
The soon-to-be-launched political party, Agang SA, has concerns about the independence of elections, its leader Mamphela Ramphele has said.
Foreigners are not specifically targeted, but several have been the victims of rape.