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Hitler and Vervoerd in a Turbulent Country

When Mcebo Dlamini, president of the Wits University SRC, publicly stated that he admired Hitler, people got upset. When Alistair Sparks, “Veteran Journalist” publicly noted how intelligent Hendrik Verwoerd was, people tried not to. The realm of free speech in

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SPARKS OF VERWOERD

It’s not complicated. One doesn’t stand up in South Africa (or anywhere) and laud Verwoerd. It doesn’t get much more simple than that, even if you are a “Veteran” journalist. It’s offensive and it’s rude and it hurts people. And

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NZIMANDE AND THE DAMAGED EGO

History has taught us that the greater the chasm between government and the people they represent, the greater the risk of calamity. Sadly, the South African Government is so disconnected from those to whom they report, that real disaster is

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THE MONSTER WE CREATED

That the Monster of hatred that is currently marauding across the country surprises South Africans, should be the biggest surprise of all. Not unlike Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the creation of Xenophobia has been painstakingly crafted evil sinew by evil tendon,

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Three Rastas walk into a Bar

Three Rastafarians walk into a bar. One orders a cappuccino, and the other two regular coffees. It sounds like the beginning of a poor joke complete with an ending that one senses is to be distinctly un-funny. And indeed it

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Did Trevor Noah have sexual relations with that woman — and other important questions

I believe that it’s time we asked Trevor Noah for a copy of his birth certificate. The world demands to know if he was really born in South Africa and not in Kenya as some have suggested. And while we

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ARE SOUTH AFRICANS DROWNING IN A GLASS HALF FULL?

Amongst the nations of the world, South Africans no doubt fall into the “glass half full” division. And we enjoy that space, because who (aside from maybe the Russians) would choose the unhappy alternative. It would just seem to be

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If you don’t want to know, #DontAsk

I learned a lot from my late grandmother. She was the one who taught me the art of hypochondria – and yes it is a craft. She taught me how to play poker but gave up on me, saying that

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AN OPEN LETTER TO PROFESSOR ADAM HABIB

I am a graduate of Wits University. I was Editor of the Wits Law Journal and part of the first non-racial Law Student Council in 1992. For the first time Black and White students campaigned against each other, debated each

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RHODES, VAN RIEBEECK AND THE POO PROTEST

I was sixteen when a friend of the same age called to tell me what had just happened. He had, without permission, stolen his mother’s car for his Saturday night joy ride. He had also managed to procure alcohol and

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