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Jonathan Jansen deserves credit for his courage in speaking up

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ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba’s grossly misdirected attack on Jonathan Jansen earlier this month (“Foreign nationals: The new F-word that needs proper discourse,” 10 April) over

The deepest delusion

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Few recent statements have more clearly illuminated the crippling delusion at the heart of the ANC’s political project than former President Thabo Mbeki’s characterisation of

The most liberating agency

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‘We never said a word about the fact that I have no arms.’ Felix Klieser  In a world so often dominated by the self-pitying and

Who could do it today?

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The furious disagreement over how we should remember F W de Klerk arguably draws more attention to the political dynamics of South Africa today than

Building a compelling alternative

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I can’t recall ever seeing the term ‘hyper-local parties’ before this week, and perhaps that’s because local politics in South Africa has never been quite

Settling for powerlessness

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The sentiments and the solidarity may be genuine enough, but if that’s as far as it goes, it’s not nearly enough. I wrote these words

Wanting too little, getting less

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Politics in South Africa seemed set for a welcome spell of uncertainty in 2008 when ANC dissidents broke away to form a new opposition movement.

The hurdle of uncertainty – a reprise

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Last Sunday, I cautioned against the temptation to underestimate the uncertainty in millions of voters’ minds about choosing a different future for want of sufficient

The hurdle of uncertainty

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Instinctively, I’ve always thought it mistaken to think that voters are foolish even when it seems obvious that their political choices do them harm instead

Freedom vs fanaticism

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Over a coffee and a pre-editorial conference cigarette, I was doing a crossword in the smoking room on the fourth floor of Newspaper House in