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News24.com | OPINION: Why the EFF’s threat to the judiciary is a threat to our democracy

2019-08-19 09:28 We as a nation should not allow threats to our democracy to continue without rage and disdain. We should not allow populists to shape our understanding of that which protects us most, writes Bouwer van Niekerk. Despite sporadic declarations to the contrary, Julius Malema and the EFF have never had either a firm understanding of, or much respect for, the notion of a democracy, let alone a constitutional democracy. This has been proven time and again by their incitement of violence, calls for appropriation of land by way…

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News24.com | Adriaan Basson: Connecting the dots of the Zupta fightback

2019-08-19 07:01 The actors enabling Jacob Zuma and the Guptas to have their way are desperate to divert attention away from their own sins to whatever mud they can throw at Cyril Ramaphosa, writes Adriaan Basson. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, the EFF, two controversial Sunday Independent journalists and a sophisticated social media bot campaign are the main actors at the heart of the Zuma faction’s fightback against the Cyril Ramaphosa presidency. Although it is still unclear at this point whether the fightback campaign is orchestrated, centrally driven or linked to…

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Beating Of Ekweremadu And The Stones Awaiting Others By Fredrick Nwabufo

There is pain. There is anger. And there is collective rage in the land. Nigerians are empty of options and are seeking avenues for a purge; for catharsis. The season of retribution may be upon us sooner than we imagine. The physical abuse of former deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu at an Igbo forum by some young men in Germany, though condemnable, betokens the onset of nemesis. In a video recording in circulation, while the lawmaker was being assaulted, his abusers could be heard saying: “What have you done? People…

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News24.com | OPINION: Women the biggest losers in Mashaba’s Johannesburg

2019-08-17 09:00 Women came in large numbers to listen to President Cyril Ramaphosa despite fears of a low turnout at the National Women’s Day celebrations that took place at the Vryburg showgrounds, North West. This is after the provincial ANC was disbanded and replaced by different interim leaders. Picture: Tebogo Letsie Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories The City of Johannesburg needs a mayor who will not pay lip service when it comes to women…

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News24.com | OPINION: Cronin attack of Zille virtue signalling at its worst

2019-08-17 07:00 There is no connection between Zille and Zuma. Zille is entitled to have an opinion, and her opinion will carry weight as we see the ANC/SACP marching us further down the road of NDR to perfect communism, writes Sara Gon. It is strangely reassuring to see Comrade Jeremy Cronin of the SA Communist Party (SACP) criticising Helen Zille’s views. He begins to dwelling on “what, to use her terms, that arch ‘communist concept national democratic [NDR] revolution’ actually means”. Cronin, however, fails to explain either what he means…

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#RevolutionNow: Sowore, Journalists And The Rest Of Us By Ademola Orunbon​

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty… Thomas Jefferson In political science, a revolution (Latin: revolutio, “a turn around”) is a fundamental power and political organisation which occurs when the population reverts against the government, typically due to perceived oppression (political, social, economic) or political incompetence. In book (V) of the politics, the Ancient Greek Philosopher, Aristotle (384-322BC) described two types of political revolution. (1) Complete change from one constitution to another, and (2), Modification of an existing constitution. Revelation have occurred through human history and very widely in terms…

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Buhari’s Cabal Not Sowore, Are The Traitors To Nigerian Democracy By Churchill Okonkwo

In the book, “The Last Arrow”, Edwin McManus tells a story of the Old Testament in 2 Kings 13:18 of King Jehoash’s encounter with the ailing prophet Elisha. The king was given a quiver of arrows and told to strike the ground. He did so three times and then stopped even though more arrows were left. Elisha chastised the king for not beating the arrows on the ground more times than he did and history recorded the dire results of his partial effort.  The Nigerian checkered political history is replete…

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The Foolish President By Bayo Oluwasanmi

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell Every year we gleefully engage in pranks during April Fools’ Day. There are many things a foolish president can do that will make him a fool all year round. Who is a foolish president? A foolish president cannot be trusted with the fate, faith, and life of his citizens. A foolish president lacks the skill and wastes resources. A foolish president wastes opportunities. Foolish president have poor judgments. Foolish president never learns…

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News24.com | ANALYSIS: Quality jobs even harder to come by, research suggests

South Africa is notorious for its persistently high unemployment but slow job creation rate. Numerous government economic growth strategies (RDP, AsgiSA, New Growth Path and National Development Plan) set explicit quantitative employment goals over the years. However, having a job entails much more than merely not being unemployed, as there are “good” and “bad” jobs, and one must ensure a basic living standard is met. Job quality consists of two areas, namely work quality and employment quality. Work quality reflects how the work activity and the conditions under which it…

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News24.com | Mpumelelo Mkhabela: CR17 donors can help Ramaphosa out of the political quagmire

2019-08-16 06:00 The CR17 donors must understand that in the morality index those who rise to power on a clean ticket are judged harsher than those for whom corruption is the norm, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela. The decision by backers of Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidential bid to establish a formal fundraising platform with his approval was a phenomenal success. Not only did the campaign raise hundreds of millions of rands, it also achieved its goal. Needless to say, Ramaphosa became president of the ANC in 2017. In early 2018, Ramaphosa, then deputy…

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