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News24.com | ANALYSIS | Rashied Staggie: Last of the Cape Flats’ OGs

“Ek verkrag nie mense nie. Ek is ‘n brutale moordenaar.” Loosely translated this means: “I don’t rape people. I’m a brutal murderer.” Not exactly your normal small talk or getting-to-know-you chit-chat. Then again, Hard Livings gang boss Rashied Staggie did not appear to be a man for trifling conversation. And his reputation certainly preceded him.  It was the early 2000s and he was on trial for rape in the Western Cape High Court, sitting in the Wynberg Regional Court. During an adjournment, Staggie casually approached myself and fellow court reporter…

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News24.com | OPINION: Safe sanitation in rural schools – a dream deferred?

2019-12-12 17:14 Their rights to safety and human dignity are violated. Schools, which are meant to nurture and secure the future of communities, become a threat to the lives of the most vulnerable members of society, writes Thembela Ntlemeza   “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore – and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over – like a syrupy sweet? “Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does…

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News24.com | OPINION: Government must come good on its water promise of 21 years ago

2019-12-12 10:04 21 years ago the government expropriated all water rights in South Africa. It is time to deliver the sustainable, equitable distribution that was promised, writes Mark Rountree. South Africa’s water legislation is 21 years old. The National Water and Sanitation’s motto of “some for all, forever”, speaks to the underlying two key principles of the 1998 Water Act: equitable sharing and sustainable management of our common, finite water resources. A plan to implement this legislation may, at long last, have finally arrived. Under apartheid, South African water rights…

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News24.com | EDITORIAL: ‘Shocked’ Ramaphosa can no longer dither on hard Eskom decisions

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he was “shocked and surprised” when Eskom implemented Stage 6 load shedding this week.  That makes Ramaphosa the only person in the republic to be shocked about Eskom’s inability to keep the power grid stable. South Africa hasn’t had a stable power utility since the mid 2000s, when former public enterprises minister Alec Erwin blamed a loose bolt at Koeberg power station for the country’s electricity woes. Ramaphosa has correctly diagnosed ageing technology, poor maintenance and a decade of plunder as the main reasons behind Eskom’s demise. Sabotage…

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News24.com | OPINION: Local council turmoil shows South Africa isn’t very good at coalitions

2019-12-11 14:11 In South Africa’s case, party interest – rather than governing for the good of the people – shapes coalition politics. More importantly, these dynamics show that the country’s political leaders do not have the political maturity to look beyond party interests for the greater good of the people, writes Joleen Steyn Kotze South Africa entered the world of coalition politics in earnest three years ago. In the local election in 2016 three major cities found themselves without a majority party in charge. This forced the formation of coalition governments in Johannesburg,…

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News24.com | Melanie Verwoerd: My f*k Eskom!

2019-12-11 05:00 If it wasn’t so sad, it would be rather funny to note that the emissions from these coal power plants are contributing to climate change which causes these extreme weather events which causes the wet coal which results in the coal power stations to grind to a halt, writes Melanie Verwoerd I’m writing this during load shedding, so this is going to be a short column – my candle (and laptop battery) is running low… Eskom, I think I am speaking for the whole country when I say:…

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Comparing Omoyele Sowore’s #RevolutionNow To Boko Haram Insurgency, A Needless Escalation By Kayode Ogundamisi

I read the statement by the Presidency on the Sowore/Bakare treason trial. This statement is a needless escalation, particularly the comparison with Boko Haram insurgency. If the allegations are completely true, why is the Department of State Services disobeying court orders? One would think the state will be eager to bring its evidence to the open. If the Presidency and the DSS are confident of Omoyele Sowore’s ability and capabilities to “violently overthrow the government”, why can’t the state simply let the judicial process proceed without interference as seen in…

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News24.com | OPINION: Ben Turok, rare breed of MP dedicated to bridging the gap between rich and poor

2019-12-10 17:00 There can be little doubt that post-1994 Ben was a rarity – a truly dedicated constituency MP, who worked hard for his local community, worked hard to bridge the gap between rich and poor, worked hard to bring about a better life for those living in squalor, writes Roger Southall It is with enormous sadness that I heard of the death of Ben Turok, one of the last Treason Trialists to stay with us until just now, and someone who – while so many have strayed into the…

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FG Should Stop Subjecting Sowore To Media Trail By Femi Falana

When Mr Omoyele Sowore was arrested on August 3 , 2019, the State Security Service accused him of engaging in terrorist activities. On the basis of the allegation, the SSS obtained an order from the Honourable Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja to detain Sowore for 45 days in order to investigate his alleged terrorist activities. But at the end of the investigation, he was not linked to terrorism in any way. Hence, he was not charged with any offence under the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011…

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