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7 December 2016 20:15 (South Africa)
South Africa

Channelling Mandela: Ramaphosa and Kathrada’s truths of our time

  • Ranjeni Munusamy
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    Ranjeni Munusamy

    Ranjeni Munusamy is a survivor of the Salem witch trials and has the scars to show it. She has a substantial collection of tattered t-shirts from having “been there and done it” – from government, the Zuma trials, spin-doctoring and upsetting the applecart in South African newsrooms. Following a rather unexciting exorcism ceremony, she traded her femme-fatale gear for a Macbook and a packet of Liquorice Allsorts. Her graduation Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks means she knows a thing or two about telling the South African story.

Photo: Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada and Cyril Ramaphosa at Madiba's home in Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, August 20th, 2009.
Photo: General Berning Ntlemeza (Lucky Nxumalo for Netwerk24)

House of Cards: General Ntlemeza – the Hawks head, a one-man wrecking ball

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Nkaneng, Marikana, North West. South Africa. Police had running battles with residents of Nkaneng shantytown after the police disarmed about 100 miners a day after Lonmon offerred striking miners a R960 increase. Burning and rock barricades were then set up in the township and police shot at, teargassed and also arrested some 14 residents. Many of the injured were women. (Photo Branko Brkic/Daily Maverick)

Marikana: Sikhale Sonke withdraws from Lonmin mediations

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Allister Coetzee, coach of South Africa during the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship South Africa Team Announcement at Kashmir Restaurant, Umhlanga, South Africa on 06 October 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The Paper Round: The trials and tribulations of Allister Coetzee, redux

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Albert Nzula Hospital in Trompsburg. Photo: Christopher Clarke

GroundUp: Free State’s R380-million ghost hospital

By GroundUp
Main photo: National Youth Orchestra at the Moses Mabhida Stadium (Photo by Xavier Vahed)

Op-Ed: The orchestra is in our blood

By Sophia Welz
Photo: South African Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga (Bea Uhart for Education International via Flickr)

SECTION27: Department continues to fail children with disabilities

By Section 27
Photo: Former South Africa National Defence Force chief Siphiwe Nyanda looks on, before being sworn in as communications minister by President Jacob Zuma, at the presidential guest house in Pretoria, May 11, 2009. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Former MK general Siphiwe Nyanda: ANC ill, but not terminally

By News24
Photo: Julius Malema, then leader of the ruling African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), is welcomed by Zimbabwean President Robet Mugabe at State House in Harare, April 5, 2010. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

EFF to Mugabe: Political power shouldn’t be taken to the grave

By News24
Photo: President Jacob Zuma attends the SABC/The New Age Business breakfast held at the Grand West Casino Complex in Cape Town. 10/02/2012. (GCIS)

South Africa in 2017: Adrift, with rapids approaching

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: A ‘Family photograph’ taken at the AU Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 14 June 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Developing nations the ‘world’s net creditors’

By Greg Nicolson
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Theatre Review: Cirque Éloize iD – almost too much to watch

By Lesley Stones
Photo: Justin Geduld of South Africa (r) and Cheslin Kolbe (l) during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Sevens Rugby Bronze Medal match between South Africa and Japan in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 11 August 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Rugby: Four things the Blitzboks can teach the embattled Springboks

By Antoinette Muller
Main photo: The lost mariners – Anthony Murray, Reginald “Reg” Robertson, Jaryd Payne.

Bigger Than The Weather II: The corporate cover-up goes deeper

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: A man cooks dinner on an illicit diamond dig in Namaqualand. (Shaun Swingler)

GroundUp: Ekapa and Zama-Zamas fight over mining rights

By GroundUp
Photo: Activists from Sonke Gender Justice protest outside the Western Cape High Court. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong.

GroundUp: Court victory for Pollsmoor prisoners

By GroundUp
Photo: Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils attends the launch of the ‘Sidikiwe Vukani! Vote No’ campaign at Wits University in Johannesburg, Tuesday, 15 April 2014. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK): How the armed struggle succeeded

By Ronnie Kasrils
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers an address at a Youth Development Expo at the Halala Community Hall, Block H, in Soshanguve, Pretoria, 3 Oct 2015 . (Photo: GCIS)

Ramaphosa: ‘My Long Walk has not yet ended’

By Cyril Ramaphosa
People wearing costumes of Santa Claus presents homeless boy with gifts, at a poor neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, 03 December 2016. The Foundation Santa delivered clothes, toys and food for poor people in different parts of the city. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

While you were sleeping: 5 December 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: President Jacob Zuma dances at a victory rally of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg May 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Boxed in: Can Zuma do the Shuffle?

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: NPA head Shaun Abrahams (GCIS), The Hawks’ head Berning Ntlemeza (eNCA), SARS commissioner Tom Moyane (GCIS)

SARS Wars: Vlok Symington, whose memorandum forced Abrahams to drop Gordhan charges, now under renewed pressure by the Hawks

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Thousands of South Africans protest in support of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) global call to action on tuberculosis and HIV/Aids in Cape Town, South Africa 08 November 2007. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Living with HIV: A young man tells his story

By Daily Maverick
Photo: The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service General MV Phiyega lay wreaths on the behalf of the Department of Police and the South African Police Service, held in Pretoria Union Building. 27/01/2013. (Katlholo Maifadi/GCIS)

Riah Phiyega finally on the ropes – what about the others?

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand.

Op-Ed: The Politics of Spectacle – reflections on the 2016 student protests

By Adam Habib
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Health-e News: My Life as a Transgender Man

By HEALTH-E NEWS
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Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.67 – Evita also wonders: is the NEC revolting?

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma speaks at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Demobilising the veterans: Can the ANC contain the anti-Zuma sentiment?

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers of South Africa during the 2016 T20 Team Announcement at the SuperSport Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 10, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Onside/Offside: Fancy Bears strike again, best PSL goal celebration ever and more

By Antoinette Muller
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Analysis: The Politics of the First 100 days

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party leader Julius Malema arrives with supporters for a demonstration in Pretoria, South Africa, November 2, 2016. Picture taken November 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

In Soweto, EFF celebrates Castro, likens Zuma to Batista

By BHEKI C. SIMELANE