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Risk Factor: Democracy turns on Zumocracy

Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma speaks during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) after their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Krasnodar region, Russia, 16 May 2013. EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV / POOL
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Photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng speaks at the Mduduzi ‘Mandoza’ Tshabalala funeral at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto. Friday 23 September 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

TRAINSPOTTER: Ordinary Hlaudi – on breaking Mandoza’s funeral, and South Africa along with it

By Richard Poplak
Photo: People queue at a voting station during South Africa's local government elections in Umlazi, Durban, South Africa, August 3, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Analysis: ANC’s attack on Electoral Commission is an attack on SA democracy

By Stephen Grootes

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.57 – Evita on good heritage and bad hair

By Pieter-Dirk Uys

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Photo: A warden walks along the perimeter of Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Facility, Pretoria, South Africa, 21 October 2014. EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

Remanded and Forgotten: The fate of South Africa’s prisoners who have not yet been tried

By Marché Arends
Photo: Alexander Fleming, who is credited with discovering penicillin in 1928. (Wikimedia Commons)

Health-E News: Fighting the Superbugs

Photo of Grahamstown protests from 23 September 2016 by Alice Draper.

Op-Ed: #FeesMustFall - the students’ side

By Alice Draper
Photo:A marquee advertises the opportunity to watch the upcoming US presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, at the American City Diner in Washington, DC, USA, 21 September 2016. The first of three presidential debates takes place on 26 September at New York’s Hofstra University. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

US 2016: Gloves On, Gloves Off for The Debate of the Century

By J Brooks Spector

Theatre review: Cheers to Sarajevo

By Lesley Stones

Photo: Temba Bavuma of South Africa celebrates his first century during Day 4 of the Sunfoil Test Series, 2nd Test match between South Africa and England at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town on 5 January 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Cricket: Temba Bavuma shatters another glass ceiling

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Members of the Thai Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad inspect the wreckage of vehicles after a car bomb attack at a hotel in Pattani, southern Thailand, 24 August 2016. A series of separate bomb attacks, including a bomb hidden in a truck, exploded at a car park of hotel, killing one woman and wounding 29 people, media reports. EPA/ABDULLAH WANGNI

ICG: No Traction in Southern Thailand’s Peace Dialogue

By International Crisis Group
A people look a light installation on the facade of Moscow State University during Circle of Light International Festival in Moscow, Russia 22 September 2016. EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

While you were sleeping – 26 September 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Giant Flag satellite image

Cactus flag: What if South Africa was a plant?

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) worker carries a tusk of an elephant as they offload them from a container to a burning site at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, 20 April 2016. Containers loaded with ivory tusks from various parts of the country such as Mombasa, Voi, Nanyuki and other places are being offloaded at the burning site ahead of the ivory burning event on 30 April 2016 where 105 tonnes of ivory is set to be burned. This would be the single biggest haul ever to be burned. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Op-Ed: Calls for greater protection for African elephants could re-open international ivory trade

By Carlos Drews

Photo: NPA Chief Shaun Abrahams (Left, GCIS) Hawks chief General Berning Ntlemeza (CityPress)

Analysis: For Hawks and NPA some crimes are more of a priority than others

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: A herd of elephants gather at a watering hole inside Hwange National Park, about 840 km outside Harare, October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

amaBhungane: Threat to Africa’s elephants a headache for CoP17

Photo: President Jacob Zuma congratulates the new Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane. 23 september 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

Zupta Contagion: Hard questions ANC must ask, but can’t

By Ranjeni Munusamy
A marquee advertises the opportunity to watch the upcoming US presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, at the American City Diner in Washington, DC, USA, 21 September 2016. The first of three presidential debates takes place on 26 September at New York's Hofstra University. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

While you were sleeping: 23 September 2016

By John Stupart
Main photo: A PhD student holds a placard at Thursday’s protest outside Parliament. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Students and academics picket at Parliament

By GroundUp
Photo: Cricket - New Zealand v South Africa - second cricket test match - Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa - 28/08/2016. South Africa's Temba Bavuma plays a shot. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Cricket: Five talking points ahead of South Africa’s ODI summer

By Antoinette Muller

Letter to the editor: Parliament is not out of order!

By Daily Maverick
Photo: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe (Greg Nicolson)

Mantashe: ANC needs to talk about state capture

By News24

Podcast: First Person, Ep 5 – The White Sangoma

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko (GCIS) and Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza (eNCA)

Own Goal: Minister of Police flouted the law, rendering Hawks head a lame duck

By Marianne Thamm

Addiction & Recovery: When the carrot beats the stick

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Investigators collect evidence on the scene of an explosion that occurred overnight in the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York, New York, US, 18 September 2016. Over 20 people were injured in the blast. The motive is still being investigated, despite authorities assuming it is apparently not linked to international terrorism. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Op-Ed: In counterterrorism, good evidence trumps bad instinct

By Anton Du Plessis
US President Barack Obama (R), shakes hands with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Peter Thomson (2-L), President of the 71st session of the General Assembly, after addresses the General Debate of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 20 September 2016. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

While you were sleeping: 22 September

By John Stupart
Photo: Young boys play in a rubbish dump in a township outside Johannesburg, January 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Between The Lines – Colin Bundy: There is a way to fight Poverty

By John Matisonn
Photo: Students from Wits University run as police fire a stun grenade during the 3rd day of #feemustfall demonstration, against fee increases at universities across the country were announced, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 September 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Mantashe: I would close down varsities to teach students a lesson

By News24
Photo by Standard Media, Kenya

In the Hot Seat: Kenyan musician lands in trouble after a spell in the president’s chair

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: An injured student from Wits University is helped by a fellow student after being injured when police force fired a stun grenade during the 3rd day of #Feemustfall demonstration, against fee increases at universities across the country were announced, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 September 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Violence does not work – Wits

By News24
Main photo: Students ran and some fell. It’s unclear but it appears in this picture that an officer helped a student. Police tried to arrest other students, however, who said they had done no wrong. (Greg Nicolson)

In pictures: Police take on Wits students

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma attends a lunch for world leaders during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 20 September 2016. EPA/PETER FOLEY / POOL

ANC and the looming 2019 Shadow: How to get the Elephant out of the Room?

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Sabelo Ngani (Photo by Carolyn Raphaely)

Justice Not Served: Guilty until proven innocent

By Carolyn Raphaely
Photo: South African president, Jacob Zuma during the State Of the Nation Address in Cape Town, South Africa, 12 February 2015. The State of the Nation address was disrupted by the EFF resulting in the party being ordered out of the chamber by security forces.  EPA/RODGER BOSCH/POOL

Op-Ed: How to get out of the Zuma fix we are in?

By Wilmot James
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Executive Chairperson of the Jacob Zuma Foundation Dudu Myeni on arrival at the student beneficiaries programme graduations at the International Convention Centre in Durban. 4 October 2014  (Photo: GCIS)

SAA: If we don’t fix it someone else will, Deputy Minister of Finance warns

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa speaking about the SoNA at the New Age Business Briefing breakfast at Grandwest in Cape Town. 18/06/2014 Kopano Tlape GCIS

False start for Ramaphosa’s campaign as Cosatu wimps out on official endorsement

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Syrian refugees wait for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to arrive, at a Syrian refugee camp in al-Dalhamiyyeh Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon, 25 March 2016. UNHCR estimates over 1.5 million Syrian refugees are currently living in Lebanon. EPA/WAEL HAMZEH

ICG: Lebanon needs help to cope with huge refugee influx

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Students from Wits University demonstrate during the second day of #Feemustfall demonstration against the announcement of fee increases at universities across the country, Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 September 2016. The ministry of education announced an eight percent increase of university fees following calls by student demonstrators of no increase. The demonstrations are set to continue. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

#FeesMustFall: South African students reject Nzimande’s subsidy, call for free education

By Greg Nicolson
Photo of Allister Sparks by Media24.

Allister Sparks: An editor in the vanguard of a Golden Age of South African Journalism

By J Brooks Spector
Police and demonstrators clashed in Langa on Tuesday. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks.

GroundUp: Langa hostel dwellers protest against lack of progress

By GroundUp
Main photo: A student from the University of Witwatersrand tries to break through a barricade formed by private security guards. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

In photos: Wits students clash with security

By GroundUp
Student leaders addressed protesting students on UCT campus today. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong

GroundUp: Protesting UCT students reject Nzimande’s fees plan

By GroundUp
Photo: SARS commisioner Tom Moyane, (GCIS) and now suspended SARS Chief Officer of Business and Individual Tax, Jonas Makwakwa (SARS photo)

Analysis: SARS Makwakwa probe – are we heading for another costly, discredited investigation?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Jacob Zuma is seen during a meeting with members of the SA Editors’ Forum at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Friday, 20 February 2015. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Zuma’s legal missteps and malfunctions: The law of unintended consequences strikes again

By Stephen Grootes
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: Demise of the ANC – a tentative understanding

By Raymond Suttner
Main photo by Devils Peak Photography

Sk8 for Gr8: The creative collaborative hoping to redesign the futures of Woodstock’s kids

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma (C) along with KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize (R) during an election rally in Greytown, South Africa, 11 May 2011. EPA/REINHARDT HARTZENBERG / S.A. GOVERNMENT

GroundUp Op-Ed: Does Zweli Mkhize have the integrity to be president?

By Nathan Geffen
Photo: Joseph Kabila, in Kinshasa, 19 February 2015. EPA/MICHAEL KAPPELER

DRC: Kabila cracks down – and will probably get away with it

By Simon Allison
Photo: Minister Blade Nzimande delivering his SoNA speech Debate in parliament. 18/02/2015, Siyasanga Mbambani, DoC

Analysis: Nzimande’s offer to cover the poor tests students’ resolve on free education

By Greg Nicolson
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Photo: Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (R) (No 5 spot) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (No 1 spot) (L) attend the opening session of Arab League of the heads-of-state Summit at the Palais des Nations outside Algiers, Algeria on Tuesday 22 March 2005. Both countries have been accused by the United States of sponsoring terrorism. EPA/MIKE NELSON

ICG: The Top 10 countries driving the global refugee crisis

By International Crisis Group
Original photo of General Johan Booysen by Tebogo Letsie / Sunday Times

Hollowing Out the State: Johan Booysen speaks out

By Mandy Wiener
Photo: Manapo Hospital in Phuthaditjhaba (Wikimedia Commons)

Health-E News: Hospital strike spreads in Free State

Photo: A cross stands on the 'koppie' or hill at where 34 miners where shot by South African Police Forces on 16 August 2012, during a protracted wage negotiation strike in the platinum mining area, near Rustenburg, South Africa, 16 August 2015. EPA/SHIRAAZ MOHAMED

Marikana on Edge: Occupiers ready to defend in housing showdown

By Greg Nicolson
Young Boys fans light flares during the UEFA Europa League group B soccer match between Young Boys Bern and Olympiacos Piraeus in the Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland, 15 September 2016. EPA/PETER SCHNEIDER

While you were sleeping: 16 September 2016

By John Stupart
Photo of President Jacob Zuma by Greg Nicolson.

Terrible Thursday for Jiba, Mrwebi & Makwakwa: Who will be next to fall in Zuma’s Praetorian guard?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Gauteng MEC for Health, Qedani Mahlangu. (Photo by Gauteng Provincial Legislature)

Life Esidimeni: Psychiatric patients still being treated at deadly NGO

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A view of a new electronic billboard supporting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, which depicts him as ‘Super Trump’, in Times Square in New York, New York, US, 14 September 2016. The ad was purchased by the Committee to Restore America’s Greatness and is being displayed until 16 September. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US2016: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and modern medicine

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba (EWN)

Advocate Jiba, Advocate Mrwebi: Not Fit, Not Proper

By Stephen Grootes
A woman (front) poses in Japanese painter Shigeki Matsuyama's art installation 'Narcissism: Dazzle room' during the 'rooms 33' fashion and design trade show at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, 14 September 2016. Since 2000, 'rooms' is a biannual international fashion and design trade show which presents a wide range of items as well as art installations. With more than 500 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors, 'rooms' has become a major tradeshow. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

While you were sleeping: 15 September 2016

By John Stupart

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.55 – Evita's 9/11 was also her 9/6

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: The Hawks head, Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Berning Ntlemeza (Photo by City Press)

Two Faces of the ANC: Cracking the ruling party’s dog-whistle politics

By Marianne Thamm
Main photo: An image from Ground Zero at the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing site, where four nuclear bombs were exploded. Only the reinforced concrete measuring structures remain. (Simon Allison)

Kazakhstan: Despatch from a nuclear wasteland

By Simon Allison
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: We need an inter-generational dialogue on legacies and meanings of freedom

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta smiles after winning in 2013 Presidential election in Nairobi, Kenya. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU.

Op-Ed: Kenyan media is being silenced through violence

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A file picture dated 26 December 2014 showing smoke rising from a large fuel depot fire, al-Sidra, Libya, during fighting. EPA/STRINGER

ICG: After Libya’s oil grab, compromise could lead to a resumption of exports

By International Crisis Group
Photo: A child in Chikwidzire harvesting bananas. Photo: Ray Mwareya

GroundUp: Drought leaves women farmers open to exploitation

By GroundUp
Photo: Then KwaZulu-Natal Premier and newly elected ANC Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize at the ANC's press conference. Mangaung, Free State, South Africa, 20 December 2012. Photo Greg Nicolson/NewsFire

Into the Breach: When JZ goes (and he will) could it be… Zweli Mkhize?

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Gauteng MEC for Health Qedani Mahlangu (Flickr)

Life Esidimeni: Families of mentally ill patients blame MEC for deaths

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa honours Lt. Gen of the Lesotho Defense Force Tlali Kamoli during the official closing ceremony of the SADC Observer Mission, SADC House, Kingdom of Lesotho. 30 March 2015 (GCIS via Flickr)

amaBhungane: End in sight for Lesotho’s troublemaker-in-chief


While you were sleeping: 14 September 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: EWN screen grab

Langlaagte Miners: 17-year-old survives two weeks underground


Central African Republic: Inside the cholera epidemic

By Didier Martial Pabandji
Photo: President Jacob Zuma during his question and answer session in Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Nine-Point Sham: Another torrid day in Parliament for ‘abused’ Zuma and ANC

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: ANC supporters celebrate during victory celebrations at Nasrec in Johannesburg, April 24, 2009. South Africa's ruling African National Congress claimed victory on Friday in a general election that will make party leader Jacob Zuma president. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Dear Minister: Youth League aims to put pressure on government write away

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Homeless people, who are guests at the Moreleta Dutch Reformed church, watch the 2010 World Cup Group A Soccer match between South Africa and Uruguay at the church in the suburb of Pretoria June 16, 2010. Wrapped in large blankets, long coats and hats pulled low, some 2,000 homeless people streamed into a vast church in a wealthy suburb of Pretoria on Wednesday night to hear a spiritual message and watch Bafana Bafana in the World Cup. The guests at the church came from a nearby squatter camp, where small fires could be seen burning in the pitch black, to watch South Africa take on Uruguay, eat a hot meal and drink warm drinks on a bitterly cold night. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Op-Ed: Renewing South Africa’s promise in a time of crisis

By Terence McNamee
Matthias Voelkl (C, HIDDEN) carries 29 beer mugs down a 40-meter path in the Hofbraeuhaus in Munich, Germany, 12 September 2016. With a target of 27 beer mugs, he has set a new record in beer mug lifting. EPA/ANDREAS GEBERT

While you were sleeping: 13 September 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: The Hawks' acting boss General Mthandazo Ntlemeza (CityPress), Jonas Makwakwa (SARS photo)

Why will the Hawks not investigate SARS second-in-command?

By Ranjeni Munusamy

On free education and feminism: Angela Davis embraces the struggles of SA youth

By Leila Dee Dougan
Photo: The 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, USA, 10 August 2016. EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA

US2016: The Sources of Soviet Donald Trump’s Conduct

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A patient lies in bed at the Hillcrest Aids Center in Durban, South Africa, 01 December 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

On pain of death: The high price of overlooking palliative care

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: A South African rugby fan invades the pitch during a 2015 World Cup clash with Samoa at Villa Park, Birmingham, England. Image supplied by Action Images/Peter Cziborra.

Delusional fans and expectations: How legacy breeds entitlement

By Daniel Gallan
Photo: A prison cell on Robben Island. Photo: Michael Coghlan, Flickr (CC)

GroundUp: A South African shame – children held in adult prison for 200 days without access to visitors

By GroundUp
Photo: Zambia's President Edgar Lungu attends a signing ceremony with French President Francois Hollande (not pictured) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 08 February 2016. EPA/PHILIPPE WOJAZER

Zambia: After a bruising election, Lungu confronts multiple crises

By Simon Allison
A file picture dated 16 December 2012 shows South African President Jacob Zuma during the 53rd ANC National Conference held in Mangaung, South Africa, 23 May 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

BREAKING: Zuma has paid back the money

By News24
Photo: Fadumo Dayib (Harvard Kennedy School)

Somalia: As stability returns, Fadumo Dayib throws her hat into the election ring

By Teresa Krug
Photo: Namibia's them Prime Minister Hage Geingob leaves the fourth EU-Africa Summit of Heads of States at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 03 April 2014. EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

Inside the House Namibia Built: Open Windows and a breath of fresh air

By Greg Mills
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: Edna Molewa on my ‘newfound moral conscience’ – a response

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: A Malaysian wildlife official stands near confiscated elephant ivory tusks from Africa before destroying the ivory, in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, 14 April 2016. Malaysian authorities destroy 10 tons of seized ivory tusks as part of the country's progress in combating the ivory trafficking and illegal trade. EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL

Op-Ed: Can CITES cope with the illegal wildlife trade?

By Adam Cruise
Photo: EFF leader Julius Malema makes his representation to Parliament's powers and privileges committee in Cape Town, Tuesday, 7 October 2014. Also pictured is Floyd Shivambu (L). Malema later led his fellow MPs out of the disciplinary hearing against them after saying Parliament should instead charge Speaker Baleka Mbete for disrupting presidential question time in August. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

EFF: Caught between growth and a hard place

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: The newly elected top members of the ANC (L-R) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, Chairperson Baleka Mbethe, President Jacob Zuma  pose for pictures during the third day of a leadership conference in Polokwane December 18, 2007. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Painting Scenarios: What would happen if the ANC were to disappear?

By Stephen Grootes
Photo of the empty stands at Orlando Stadium by @sakhilemagalela / Twitter

The Sounds of Silence: King Hlaudi’s 90% flop concert

Photo: SARS commissioner Tom Moyane (GCIS), Jonas Makwakwa, the second most senior member of the SARS executive (SARS)

House of Cards: SARS’s 9/11 as pack comes tumbling down in probe of suspicious deposits

By Marianne Thamm
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the Apple launch event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, USA, 07 September 2016. Media reports indicate an expected launch of several new products including a new iPhone, new Apple Watch, and new operating systems. EPA/MONICA DAVEY

While you were sleeping: 9 September 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Kossi Aguessy, 2016 Featured Designer at FNB Joburg Art Fair.

Joburg Art Fair: A barometer of the present

By Marelise van der Merwe

ISS Today: East African Community must use its leverage in Burundi

By Stephanie Wolters
Photo: Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition in New York, U.S. June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

US2016: Gary Johnson is running for President. Gary Who? And what’s a leppo?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Three children ride in a donkey cart near Borakalalo village in South Africa's North West Province, Thursday 22 December 2005. EPA/JON HRUSA

The Great African Donkey Rush

By Simon Allison
Artwork by Faith47.

Student protests: Cycle of indignity continues, without answer

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson)

The People’s Finance Minister: Pravin Gordhan – grace under pressure

By Marianne Thamm