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News24.com | German Ambassador: South Africans’ response to xenophobia has left me speechless

2019-09-19 10:30 We should try to understand the reasons for the violence against foreigners, but we must never condone it, let alone sweep them under the carpet. They are and remain ugly expressions of xenophobia, writes Martin Schäfer. I am angry. Again. I abhor violence. I cannot bear the sight of a human being cruel to another human. That might be due to my upbringing, my personal experience or due to the gruesome lessons that the study of the history of my nation holds. I am angry, but no misunderstandings:…

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News24.com | OPINION: Mugabe is dead, but old men still run southern Africa

2019-09-18 15:59 The death of Robert Gabriel Mugabe (95) saw another of the first-generation leaders of newly independent southern African states leave the world stage. Southern Africa was the last region on the continent to obtain majority rule. The independence of Zimbabwe (1980), Namibia (1990) and democracy in South Africa (1994) ended white settler minority regimes. They were replaced in power by liberation movements. The Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu, later Zanu-PF), the South West African People’s Organisation (Swapo) and the African National Congress (ANC) have been in government since…

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Asiwaju Tinubu, Where Is Comrade Sowore? By SKC Ogbonnia

It has been over 45 days since a presidential candidate in Nigeria’s 2019 election, Omoyele Sowore, has been detained without bail by state agents; and one would have thought that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), could learn from recent events and begin to toe the path of honour in his pursuit for more power.   In the piece, “I Pity Tinubu”, where I had berated President Muhammadu Buhari during his first  tenure for alienating the former Lagos Governor, I asserted that, “if dynamic…

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News24.com | Serjeant at the Bar: High Court judgment not the end of Ernst Roets’ problems

2019-09-18 10:37 To a lay reader Judge Lamont’s judgment in the Ernst Roets case may appear to be a move to duck a controversial question. However, the relief sought by the NMF was misconceived and the court’s approach therefore correct, writes Serjeant at the Bar. In August 2019, the Equality Court, sitting in Gauteng, issued the following order: “In terms of section 21 (1) of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act for of 2000 (‘the Equality Act’), it is determined that the display of the old…

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News24.com | OPINION: A glimmer of good news on land?

2019-09-18 05:00 As the government drives towards a policy of expropriation without compensation, there is no evidence that it intends anything other than expanding its own power over people’s assets as illustrated by the David Rakgase case, writes Terence Corrigan. For a country starved of good news, any glimmer of the positive should be seized with all enthusiasm. So it is perhaps rather strange that a judgment handed down by the Pretoria High Court last Wednesday did not attract more attention.  At the centre of this was a gentleman by…

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News24.com | OPINION | A world ablaze: declaring a climate emergency

2019-09-17 18:30 The debate of whether climate change is real or not, is passé. Our planet is in crisis and the only fitting response is one of great courage, writes Bukelwa Nzimande. The world, including Africa is burning. Raging fires are ripping through stretches of forest land across the globe at unprecedented rates. From the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa to Siberia in Asian Russia; the Amazon in South America to Alaska in North America, thousands of square kilometers of forests are reduced to ashes. Iceland held a…

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The Potential Role Of Private Sector In Ending Open Defecation In Nigeria By Zaid Jurji

At nearly 200 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. With a population of this scale, any progress or regression in development clearly has a significant impact on both African and global development indicators. In 2018, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, National Bureau of Statistics, and UNICEF initiated a survey to assess the state of the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene sector in Nigeria. The results were appalling. The survey revealed that only 11 per cent of Nigerians have access to basic water, sanitation, and hygiene services,…

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Has Osinbajo Been Reduced To Condolence Vice President? By Fredrick Nwabufo

“What will Osinbajo do now?” I asked a senior colleague. He blurted: “He has his role cut out for him already. He is in charge of Tradermoniand condolence visits”. Really, what is Yemi Osinbajo’s detail in the government now, considering the recent staggering upshots? Has he been lame-ducked and functionally vasectomised? The last time Nigeria had a Vice President with the potency to make and execute decisions was under the Obasanjo administration. The extensive economic programmes initiated by the administration were machined by former Atiku Abubakar – before the fall out.…

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News24.com | Ralph Mathekga: Will populism take down democracy?

2019-09-17 08:19 Will populist political projects eventually lead to the collapse of democracy? The answer is complicated, but there is a second option, writes Ralph Mathekga. In a paper presented at the International Society of Political Psychologists in Lisbon a couple of weeks ago, Professor Shawn Rosenberg made a startling argument predicting the impeding collapse of democracy as a system of organising society.  Rosenberg places the blame squarely with elites who have captured democratic processes to their interest, resulting in mass disengagement with the democratic process and the emergence of…

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Nigeria: Restructure Or Rupture By Austin Emaduku

Nigeria is standing on the edge of a dangerous cliff. It is just a matter of time before it tips over. Rather than the current emotional and politically driven call for a “revolution”, we all really need to calmly analyse and situate the cause(s) of our problems. In any case, a revolution without a vanguard is a recipe for anarchy. Besides, we are too fatally fractured as a people to achieve a broad-based revolution acceptable to all. The best we can achieve in such a situation will be strife, anarchy…

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