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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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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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Clearing The Path For Good Journalism By Godwin Onyeacholem

Time and again, there are desperate calls not just by veterans but also by younger and discriminating practitioners about the compelling need to rescue journalism practice in Nigeria from obvious dereliction, continuous degenerative state of violation and steady slide into disrepute. If these calls are being heeded and efforts are indeed being made by stakeholders to arrest this worrying drift, nothing so far of significance by way of practice vindicates this claim. Sloppy journalism is still largely being served in the print and electronic media across the country. Worse of…

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Hate Crime Bill: A Senate Of Fools, Blockheads, Ignoramuses And Idiots By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Nigeria’s Senate is one of fools, blockheads, Ignoramuses, and idiots. Yes, of course I know this description of Nigerian Senate by a Nigerian is offensive to some, maybe more than some people. Nonetheless, it is true. The Senate is made up of callous, indifferent, stupid fools, who keep silent in the face of tyranny while Nigerians are dying every day. What do you expect from a Senate of fools, blockheads, ignoramuses, and idiots whose membership is made up of 99.99 per cent thieves, crooks, and rogues than to waste our…

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SSS And The Shamelessness Of A Nation By Stanley Imhanruor Esq

The SSS issued a statement on Wednesday claiming that those, who came forward to collect our clients – Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare (defendants), are not qualified and that it will only release Sowore to his sureties after verification of the sureties. This is the height of impunity and lawlessness and this is how full-blown dictatorship evolves over time. The SSS then ridiculously accused our lead counsel, the highly respected Femi Falana (SAN), of playing to the gallery simply because the learned silk called on the SSS to release the…

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Why I Will Never Fly Ethiopian Airlines Again By Opeoluwa Adetola

This is my experience with the Ethiopian Airlines. I have flown this airline twice now. I flew them in May 2019 from Prague, Czech Republic, to Lagos and back to Prague, and also in August. My first experience with them wasn’t a good one. Really horrible hostesses and poor service. But my second experience flying with them was the worst. I flew from Prague on August 30 to arrive Lagos the next day. To start with, the seat I was assigned to was completely broken and the hostess saw me…

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News24.com | EXTRACT | Arthur Chaskalson: A Life Dedicated to Justice for All – ‘Rivonia trial had profound impact on him’

The Rivonia trial was the most important South African trial of the 1960s and probably the most important of the last three decades of apartheid, from 1960 to 1993. It sent many of the senior leaders of the ANC, including Nelson Mandela, to prison under sentences of life imprisonment. That was a tremendous defeat. But it did not result in their execution, as it certainly could have. That was a profound victory, one that even the National Party, the party of apartheid, would come to recognise, because without this victory…

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News24.com | Fikile Mbalula: Sanral intervention to curb carnage on Moloto road

2019-11-14 08:44 Improving the physical safety of the country’s roads is Sanral’s job. However, the improvement of the physical infrastructure should not in itself be seen as panacea for all the challenges we face on this roads, writes Fikile Mbalula. This week, two people lost their lives and 36 were injured when a bus veered off the infamous Moloto road and overturned. A single death on our roads is one death too many. It inflicts pain in families, leaves behind permanent scars in the affected communities, not to mention the…

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Hate-speech Bill: How Do We Exorcise Ahmad Lawan’s Senate? By Fredrick Nwabufo

The Senate marshalled by Ahmad Lawan has been convincing in confirming the stereotypes and assumptions about the institution. In July, I wrote about Lawan’s obsequiousness and desperation to please President Buhari whom he described as his “close friend”. I say again, Lawan has been dutiful in his obligation of inking “rubber-stamp” on the Senate. Soon after he became Senate President, he assumed the “role of unofficial spokesperson” to Buhari and saddled himself with “interpreting maladies”. And as a matter of fact, he has not relented in rising to the occasion…

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