President Malema? What I think Ramaphosa is really up to

According to the Sunday Times, Julius Malema has boasted that the EFF is in charge, and that the party in red has the president right where it wants them. This comes after ANC Chairman Gwede Mantashe suggested that farmers be limited to owning at most 12,000 hectares. This flies in the face of Ramaphosa's pledge … Continue reading President Malema? What I think Ramaphosa is really up to

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#Feesmustfall leader asks for amnesty

According to EWN student activist Mcebo Dlamini is calling upon the president to grant students who engaged in violent protests during the #Feesmustfall protests amnesty. This follows Bonginkosi Khanyile's conviction for public violence. Dlamini says that while violent protests are not acceptable, convictions such as this are destroying young people's lives. My Take I've got a … Continue reading #Feesmustfall leader asks for amnesty

David Mabuza – does he have the record to say he won’t tolerate crime?

EWN reports that Deputy President Mabuza spoke out against lawlessness in South Africa at a national prayer event at Ellis Park. Mabuza urged law enforcement not to spare those who harm woman and children - declaring, "Those who continue to kill, they don’t belong here, they belong in prison." However in March, according to The … Continue reading David Mabuza – does he have the record to say he won’t tolerate crime?

Informal settlement residents too afraid to go to toilets which city hasn’t cleaned in over half a year

GroundUp reports that shack dwellers at  Island informal settlement, beside a bridge on Mew Way, Khayelitsha are too afraid to go to the toilet at night. Island apparently doesn't have any electricity - which means no street lights either, so residents have to brave the dark in order to answer nature's call. Unfortunately what Island does … Continue reading Informal settlement residents too afraid to go to toilets which city hasn’t cleaned in over half a year

Investors pull billions out of South Africa, weak rand could make petrol cost more – economic Ramaphocalypse?

Reuters reports that investors have pulled $600 million (About R8.8 billion) out of South African stocks this week. According to the report part of the problem is that about 80% of South African investment is portfolio shares, with only about 10% of foreign investment being factories. This means it is pretty easy, when issues such as … Continue reading Investors pull billions out of South Africa, weak rand could make petrol cost more – economic Ramaphocalypse?

The immortal Athol triumphs again – as the EFF continues to undercut itself

News24 reports that Athol Trollip will continue to serve as the mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, following yet another collapsed attempt at ousting him. The most recent bid collapsed following a falling out between the Patriotic Alliance (PA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). According to The Citizen, when the opposition to Trollip's government had … Continue reading The immortal Athol triumphs again – as the EFF continues to undercut itself

Remembering Marikana: Should 16 August be a public holiday?

Judge John Hlophe has called for 16 August to be marked as a public holiday in commemoration of the Marikana massacre according to The Citizen. The massacre, the largest killing by government since freedom, claimed 34 lives. Hlophe said that Marikana was similar to the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre and the 1976 Soweto Youth Uprising, saying the only … Continue reading Remembering Marikana: Should 16 August be a public holiday?