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By Rebecca Davis Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma may well be South Africa’s next president. As the succession battle heats up, it has become the norm for analysts to describe Dlamini-Zuma’s time in the South African government in glowing terms, without giving much detail as to why her work there should be held in high...
By SIMON ALLISON Nine years ago, more than 1,400 people were murdered in Kenya. To date, no one has been prosecuted for these crimes – and, following the dismissal of the last Kenyan case at the International Criminal Court, it doesn’t look as though anyone ever will In late 2010, about...
By The Silent Voices Every time I read what former VP Joyce Mujuru and other sacked ZANU PF stalwarts say, I get shocked. Whom do they think they are fooling? Did they have to be kicked out of the party to realize that it was corrupt and desperate to hang on...
By Wilton Nyasha Machimbira The Public Protector's remedial action against President Jacob Zuma over the upgrades to his Nkandla home were binding - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said. For all of its failings, South Africa can never be another Zimbabwe. The ZumANC might be turning into another Zanu PF, and its quite clear...
By Brian Hungwe Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has taken centre stage as the ruling Zanu-PF party holds an important meeting on the future leadership of the country. BBC Africa's Zimbabwe correspondent Brian Hungwe charts her rise. President Robert Mugabe began wooing Grace Marufu over tea and scones while the young...
By Jacob J D Dube The independence of Zimbabwe has always been a bitter experience for all well meaning citizens right  from  the 1980 elections which were stolen by the British and ZANU. Lord Soames, then Governor of Rhodesia, standing for British interest decided who should rule this county. The violence...
By GUSTAV SWART In South Park, a naked Eric Cartman attempts to sidle across an empty stage before a packed audience because he believes he is invisible. He edges sidewise, his dingle dangling dolefully, as the gathered multitude watches in mute horror. Cartman can’t pull off the Emperor’s New Clothes...
By RANJENI MUNUSAMY Last week’s damning Constitutional Court judgment on the Nkandla matter found that President Jacob Zuma had “failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution”. Zuma’s acting inconsistently with his constitutional obligations constituted “illegality”, the court said. There is no way this judgment can be ignored as the...
By Maynard Manyowa I rarely blog on matters regarding business practice, as i am neither an expert, nor a scholar in that field. I also avoid writing about my individual personal experiences as i believe these are rarely shared, and contribute little to constructive national discourse and debate. However, an incident...
 By Martin Warburg According to a recent letter from John Kane-Berman of the Institute of Race Relations –“We condemn and outlaw slavery because we don’t think any man should be able to confiscate another man’s labour. But we then introduce measures, such as minimum wage laws, restricting the rights of the...
By RANJENI MUNUSAMY It is not often that the president makes a special address to the nation. On 5 December 2013, President Jacob Zuma stood in the press room at the Union Buildings and he told us our beloved Nelson Mandela had passed on. On Friday night, Zuma was at...