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News24.com | So what if I don’t watch Game of Thrones?

2019-04-17 08:10 Personally, I prefer fact to fiction and it sounds like all the intrigue, drama and politics of Game of Thrones is our everyday news cycle anyway, writes Mandy Wiener. I have no problem whatsoever if you’re a Throner. If you know your White Walkers of Westeros from your Night Watches or if you’re fluent in Dothraki or whatever warlock language it is they speak, all wrapped up in scraggly fur in badly lit caves. I am totally fine if you find your escape in watching cousins rape and…

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News24.com | The inconvenient truth about Alexandra

2019-04-17 08:56 In listening to the news, one could be forgiven for believing that the entire community of Alexandra had marched that day to Sandton. This never happened, writes Herman Mashaba. The people of Alexandra have many deep-rooted, long-standing and very legitimate grievances about their living environment. There can be no question about this. I recall on one of my many visits to Alexandra I met a young woman. She showed our delegation to her shack which had no toilet. When I asked her how she survived without a toilet,…

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News24.com | Alex shutdown might be only the beginning

2019-04-16 08:53 For people whose lives are constantly disrupted by poverty and general destitution, the idea that peaceful non-disruptive protests will highlight their plight is unrealistic, writes Ralph Mathekga. Just a few weeks before the May 8 elections, South Africa is grappling with service delivery protests which have been spreading across the country since the now infamous Alex shutdown. It is not surprising to see protests becoming widespread in the days leading up to the elections. Anyone who has observed South Africa’s elections in the past would know that this…

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News24.com | From Batohi to Kieswetter to Mkhwebane: Are our institutions up to the task?

2019-04-16 05:00 The imperative to restorate the integrity of key state institutions dictates that by the end of this year at the very least, cases must have been brought to court and convictions obtained, writes Serjeant at the Bar. Two interviews were conducted recently which prompted this column. David Lewis, the admirable head of the important NGO Corruption Watch spoke of the annual corruption report which his organisation produces. He noted that, unlike in previous years, some positive change had occurred, in particular the appointment of people of ability and…

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News24.com | A squatter camp called Ramaphosa

Have we built a society where the injustices of the past no longer define the lives of the present? No! Dear Mr President, I don’t know if you are aware of a squatter camp named after you – it’s Ramaphosa, in the east of Johannesburg, near Germiston. This is a place where I spent four days earlier this month, sleeping in a shack, an experience which has prompted me to write this letter. Mr President, I went to Ramaphosa to grieve with and comfort Ausi Modiehi Chitjana, a lady who…

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News24.com | Hear our voices on the Copyright Amendment Bill

2019-04-15 13:19 Dear Mr President We have marched. We have sung. We have written to our ministers. We have opened up a public debate on this issue, which is critical to our livelihoods and to our country’s future. We have followed due process, but as yet, we have not been heard. Now we implore you, sir, to hear our voices… We are a coalition of content creators from the publishing, music, film, animation, visual arts and other industries, who have come together to oppose the Copyright Amendment Bill in its…

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News24.com | May 8 election make or break for IFP, UDM, FF+, Cope and ACDP

2019-04-15 05:01 Most pollsters agree that there are thousands of votes still up for grabs, something the “other five” will try to capitalise on as we enter the last three weeks of campaigns, writes Adriaan Basson. How will the “other five” parties perform in the May 8 national election? The IFP, UDM, FF+, Cope and ACDP have been part of the South African political landscape for at least a decade and have established themselves as valuable contributors to the national debate. With the ANC at war with itself, the DA…

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News24.com | How Gangster State is muddying Ramaphosa’s election campaign

2019-04-15 08:53 Ace Magashule’s radical tone is being presented as a co-sponsor of the ANC in this election. It’s not only an election about Ramaphosa the reformer, it’s an election about Magashule – the populist maverick, writes Daniel Silke. If there’s one thing that Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book Gangster State has done, it has been to turn the 2019 election away from the virtual referendum it had become on Cyril Ramaphosa’s “New Dawn” to a more focussed interrogation of the more nefarious aspects of the ANC. It also provides a real…

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News24.com | Turkey, a democracy in crisis

2019-04-14 14:00 President Erdogan regularly vilifies journalists as “terrorists” while stoking fears of terrorism among his citizens. He frequently eschews facts and voices conspiracy theories, writes Ivan Phahle. The aim of this article is to explore what role can the South African government, mainstream media, non-governmental organisation and activists play in protecting and promoting human rights in Turkey. Human rights and international organisations such as United Nations and the European Union have reported brutal human rights violations as well as a significant decline in the freedom of the press in…

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News24.com | Time to rethink our foreign relations

2019-04-14 10:00 In our foreign policy, we have to balance our interests. There is nothing wrong with rethinking our relationships with countries that were on our side in the fight against apartheid, writes Phumlani Majozi. Looking at South Africa’s foreign policy today, spearheaded by the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), it’s very clear that the communist countries the party associated itself with during the Cold War and the apartheid struggle, remain the country’s allies. South Africa has kept warm relations with Russia and Cuba. Even Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi…

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