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Sparring partners

Anger of the landless erupted in Hekpoort. Scared landowners called it riots. It looked like riots. Roads closed, a chicken farm delivery truck – and other vehicles – set alight. Burned. Veld fires. Roads dug up. After 20 years of empty promises – including a laughable promise from a meeting held on 18 December 2018 […]

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Slowly slowly

The snake kills by squeezing its prey slowly … Have you noticed how slowly President Ramaphosa’s moves? He has been President for 14 months – here is a list of what he has done to fight corruption after 14 months: removed some cabinet ministers linked to state capture and corruption  removed Tom Moyane as Sars […]

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Mzansi Monopoly – no game

A diagnosis of SA economic problems: Informal sector, SMEs, BEE and township economy under the shadow of monopolies Any effort aimed at growing the economy should commence with breaking up the existing monopolies and to re-design the financial services sector. This will allow for the decentralisation of economic units to local level, where communities can […]

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Looking down the periscope

During his SONA speech recently, Ramaphosa spoke glowingly of his dream of building a new City, with bulging sky scrappers and bullet trains, drawing his inspiration from China’s President Xi Jingpin plans of rebuilding the Capital Beijing, amidst China’s infrastructure boom. There is nothing bad about dreaming big, and undertaking such infrastructure projects, but under […]

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It’s not all about you

‘IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU’ – says Thomas Sowell to all those misguided black South Africans who feel entitled to define their ‘inequality’ under apartheid as ‘slavery’ … it is overwhelmingly clear that black South Africans had it easy when comparing the horrendous suffering experienced by those who suffered under the truly wretched brutality of […]

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Invisible crowns

What is wrong with provinces like Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape? The KZN provincial government Pays Zwelithini R75 million because they call him their King. Every King in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape must also receive R75 million for the same reason that Zwelithini receives it. I agree with Mandla Mandela. We are creating the […]

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Heroes

Black South Africans have lost the right to call Chris Hani, Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko their heroes … why? We have strayed so far from their ideals and have succumbed to lies, deception, corruption and destruction. By Siyanda M. Maphalala Image borrowed from Bittercomics

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Fit for office?

Corruption Watch submitted a letterto the Speaker of the National Assembly and the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, requesting the committee to exercise its oversight function and investigate whether the incumbent public protector is fit to hold office. The letter highlights the critical role played by the Office of the Public Protector in […]

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Corruption Barometer

The tenth edition of the Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – Africa, released on African Anti-Corruption Day by Transparency International in partnership with Afrobarometer, reveals that 64% of South Africans surveyed think that corruption increased in the previous 12 months. The survey was conducted between end July and September 2018. Of 47 000 citizens surveyed in 35 African […]