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News24.com | Adriaan Basson: Why did Colonel Christelle Stemmet have to die?

2019-11-18 07:25 I do not know what pushed Colonel Christelle Stemmet over the edge (if she indeed shot herself), but wish she was treated better by the police service she so loved, writes Adriaan Basson. Two days before top Hawks detective Colonel Christelle Stemmet allegedly died by her own hand, she told me that she no longer had a position in the new structure of the police’s elite crime-fighting unit. If she could no longer be accommodated in the Hawks, she would have been moved to a normal policing job…

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News24.com | ANALYSIS | By-elections: DA on the ropes, but not ready to throw in the towel

Many a person in blue was in a good mood on November 7 when it seemed that the downward trend in the DA’s electoral support in by-elections had been halted. In those by-elections, the DA retained Ward 2 in the Blue Crane Municipality in the Eastern Cape, including Somerset East, with 53.45% of the vote. In 2016, it got 59.09%. In the by-election in the Msunduzi Municipality, which includes the regional hub Pietermaritzburg, the DA held its ward and increased its support with two percentage points from 44.04% in 2016 to…

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Between The Bad Guys And The Good Guys, Who Wins? By Ayo Moses

The world does not listen to the good guys. The good guys are too gentle. Most good guys do not understand that the “kingdom of God” suffereth violence and that the violent taketh it by force. You see the bad guys? They have no time for peace talks. If there is going to be a peace talk, there must first be violence.  So?  They go for it by force. They put violence forward knowing that the majority of the people are preoccupied with basic wants. They just want to feed.…

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News24.com | EXTRACT | Balance of Power: The day Ramaphosa confronted Moyane

Tom Moyane, the man whom Jacob Zuma had appointed head of the South African Revenue Service (Sars), was invited one evening to Cyril Ramaphosa’s private home in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, for a discussion with the newly elected head of state. It was just over a month after Ramaphosa became president. Under normal circumstances, this would be a courtesy invitation to the head of one of the most important institutions of state. But there was already a cloud hanging over this visit, which is why it probably wasn’t surprising that it…

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News24.com | OPINION: Zuma, Trump and the destructive trend breeding cynicism about democracy

2019-11-17 08:21 It is not that attacks on judges should not occur – but they should not be ad-hominem and personal. The criticisms of judges ought to be directed at and located in decisions that judges make after a deliberative process, writes Penelope Andrews. Attacking judges has been par for the course in the United States (US) since Donald Trump’s election in 2016 and its frequency seems unprecedented in recent times. Whether a judge finds against President Trump’s insidious business practices at Trump University, or the unlawful activities of the…

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News24.com | ANALYSIS | Brinkmanship, bankruptcy and politics: SAA and what might happen at Eskom

When Finance Minister Tito Mboweni addressed the media ahead of delivering his first Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement in October last year he didn’t beat around the proverbial bush and straight-up disputed the need for state-owned national airline SAA. Mboweni, the colourful former governor of the SA Reserve Bank and a man with few scruples, ideologically or otherwise, argued that those taxpayers’ rands spent on the perpetually failing carrier could be better spent invested in the public transport sector. He did the same in February, before tabling his first budget in…

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News24.com | OPINION: Liberals are failing to wrap their heads around race

2019-11-15 10:29 At the heart of the DA’s problems lies what can be called “white denialism” – the inability to acknowledge the continuing repercussions of race and racism in the country. This has affected its analytical capacity to the point of endangering its electoral fortunes, writes Christi van der Westhuizen. South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), is reeling from self-inflicted political damage. Its newly elected parliamentary leader John Steenhuisen recently appealed to his colleagues to “stop the political hara-kiri that’s going on in the DA – pulling…

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News24.com | Mpumelelo Mkhabela: A blueprint for Eskom from 1936

2019-11-15 09:00 The crises many SOEs face today prove that government guarantees and hard cash injections have become a perverse incentive for executives to run the companies like government departments, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela. “The general average price of electricity throughout the country has been lowered by approximately 50 percent and today South Africa is one of the most electrically-minded countries in the world…What else could we expect when electricity costs only about one halfpenny per unit.” This is a statement all South Africans would wish to make today. But it…

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News24.com | OPINION: Faf, Fanon and how the Boks could come undone

2019-11-15 08:10 A decade of Jacob Zuma has made South Africans more desperate but also more wary of politics and receptive to Siya Kolisi’s brand of sincere, lived-in pragmatism. It could all soon end in defeatism if Eben Etzebeth’s denial of the charges does not stand up, writes Cecelia Balfour. Siya Kolisi has a fine sense of occasion, so on Monday, after a whistle stop at Parliament to show off the Webb Ellis trophy, he made an overtly political statement at the Grand Parade. He looked at the sea of…

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Culture Of Collective Silence In The Face Of Injustice By Fadumo Abiodun Paul

The current generation of Nigerians is obviously progressing in the path threaded by our parents and the generation before us. That path led us to where we are today – i.e., penury, high level of illiterate citizens, religiosity without integrity and humanity, the highest level of corruption, a lawless country, and a teaming population of docile, uneducated youths. Today in Nigeria, we have in power an out-of-touch elitist ruling class always profiting from the commonwealth of Nigeria and its ruin. Today, I’d like to address the fairly educated Nigerians, who…

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