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We must treat women as equals: Response to Jessie Duarte on Vavi

Life is complex and therefore consciousness about life is caused by a myriad of issues internal and external to each person and society at a particular time. In this instance cause and effect do not sit in rigid anti-thesis one from the other. Therefore, presentation of things in a one-sided manner as Jessie Duarte did,…

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There will be more Vavis

Our revolution in order to succeed depends on Zwelinzima Vavi too much. Thus, if they target or kill him, they would have delayed this revolution for decades. By their nature, revolutions take time to build alternative and credible leaders. This is because revolutions depend on selflessness and loyalty, which are traits that take time to…

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The ‘uneducated’ Zuma…

The notion that a person with no formal education possesses no intellectual faculties and thus must be dismissed as a hapless intellectual zombie is so antiquated and unscientific such that even those who once held it as a basis to oppress Africans are now embarrassed when reminded of such nonsensical views. Seemingly Prince Mashele harbours…

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Tales from a mine shaft

Ever since I was a child many people – young and old – from my village have worked in the mines, from uncles, cousins to friends. One thing remains common, despite their hard work digging precious metals, they have very little to show in monetary terms. They come home at end of the year with…

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ANCYL has no copyright on economic freedom

The struggle for economic freedom predates us all. It began many years ago. Long before the ANC or the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) ever existed, and even long before the arrival of the employees of the Dutch East India Company at the Cape in 1652. When Nguni tribes, moved south of the African continent in…

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Nationalise mines, for whom?

Immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union, communists spent endless nights analysing what it was that had brought the Soviet Union to its knees. A number of causes were found. Chief among them was the realisation that with the act of nationalising the economy and removing it from the hands of the bourgeoisie, the…

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Justice equals prosecuting Zuma?

If media statements from political parties and editorial comments reacting to the NPA’s decision to withdraw charges against JZ are anything to go by, South Africa is in trouble. Almost all parties and editorials alike agree that dropping charges against Zuma is “unjust” and is a product of pressure from the ANC. It is interesting…

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Door-to-door election reflections

It’s a Saturday. The sun is unforgivably hot. Probably it’s the absence of an umbrella on my part. How could I? None of the ANC volunteers can afford an umbrella. It would be rude and unfair of me to have one covering my head alone while others are left at the mercy of the sun…

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Papers have a field day with ANC manifesto

ANC members in particular and Eastern Cape residents in general must be a dumb lot, to leave their daily chores to listen to ANC leader Jacob Zuma delivering “empty promises”. This will bring them nothing but penury and suffering as a result of decreased investor confidence, inflation and lack of entrepreneurial incentives such as tax…

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Dear Mr Lekota: The Freedom Charter is not a Bible, part 3

This is the last of my letters. I hope the Post Office delivered my previous ones to you. Straight to the issues. I have seen you raving and ranting about defending the Freedom Charter like a priest guarding a holy shrine. But when unmasked, your defence of the Freedom Charter is not defence for the…

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