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30 September 2016 01:47 (South Africa)
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Op-Ed: The absurd targets we force on the police to fight crime

  • Paul McNally
    Paul McNally

    Paul McNally is a journalist living in Johannesburg. He is the founding director of The Citizen Justice Network, an award-winning media initiative that develops journalism in under-reported areas in local languages. McNally produces feature articles and narrative radio documentaries for Wits Journalism on criminal justice. He is a 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard. The Street: Exposing a World of Cops, Bribes and Drug Dealers is his first book.

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Photo: Protesters and security guards threw stones at each other on the University of Johannesburg on Wednesday. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

GroundUp: Ihron Rensburg commits to keeping University of Johannesburg open

By GroundUp
Photo: Bottles of beer produced by AB InBev and SABMiller are pictured in London, Britain, 28 September 2016. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

Y be Charles Glass Half Full: The end of SABMiller, but what comes next?

By DIANA NEILLE & RICHARD POPLAK
Photo: Private security guards from the Fidelity group throw stones at protesting students at the University of Johannesburg. (Ihsaan Haffejee for GroundUp)

#FeesMustFall: UJ’s continuing use of violent private security – a dangerous move in dangerous times

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) and Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe (L) welcome demonstrators outside the Durban International Conference Centre, in Durban, South Africa, 18 July 2016. EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

Open Letter to Cyril Ramaphosa: Fifth National AIDS plan presents SA’s greatest challenge yet

By Mark Heywood
Photo: A South African technician works among heliostats, mirrors that concentrate the sun, part of the Helio 100 Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) pilot facility at Mariendahl experimental farm of the University of Stellenbosh, South Africa, 02 September 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Renewables’ Big Bang – what comes next?

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: From left, Sinawo Thambo, Naledi Mbaba, Lungile Sigasa and Simon Rakei respond to yesterday’s statement by UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong

GroundUp: ‘Under threat’ UCT protesters respond to Max Price

By GroundUp
Main photo: Security guards forced protesters to leave the UJ campus. Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee.

GroundUp: Clashes at the University of Johannesburg

By GroundUp
Photo: A billboard advertising MTN is seen along a road in Lagos November 16, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye/File Photo

Y’ello, goodbye? MTN’s Nigerian nightmare

By Simon Allison
Photo: 18th Session of Human Rights Council A wide view of the Human Rights Council at its eighteenth session, in Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

South Africa and women’s healthcare rights: One step forward, two steps back?

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Former Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini presents a memorandum to the Chamber of Mines during student protests for free education. (Greg Nicolson)

#FeesMustFall: Should the Chamber of Mines pay?

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng, chief operating officer of the SABC, holds the corporation’s first quarterly media briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 28 January 2015. Picture: SAPA stringer

Op-Ed: Hlaudi’s new appointment is invalid and will prove costly to the SABC

By Pierre de Vos
Photo: UCT vice-chancellor Max Price.

GroundUp: Max Price’s plea to students – ‘Don’t sacrifice your futures’

By GroundUp
Photo: Students from Wits University run as police force 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

Student protests: Only the start of greater pain

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: [L]  Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (Wikimedia Commons) [R] President Jacob Zuma (EPA)

Op-Ed: Lessons for the Zuma era in Marx’s account of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte’s coup d’etat

By Vashna Jagarnath
Photo: A frame grab from CCTV interview with President Jacob Zuma.

TRAINSPOTTER: How Jacob Zuma channelled Donald Trump in the worst TV interview in history

By Richard Poplak
Photo: SABC Group Executive for Corporate Affairs, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Out, Hlaudi & Proud: ‘I perform miracles wherever I am’

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: An injured student is helped by other students during last week’s protests at Wits University. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

GroundUp: Wits to run poll – Should the university reopen?

By GroundUp
A gallery assistant looks at Turner Prize nominee Anthea Hamilton's piece 'Project for a Door (After Gaetano Pesce) 2016' at the Tate Britain in London, Britain, 26 September 2016. The winner of Turner Prize, which is presented since 1984 to a British-born or based artist aged under 50, will be announced in December 2016. The Turner Prize 2016: Exhibition opens to the public from 27 September to 02 January 2017. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

While you were sleeping: 27 September 2016

By John Stupart
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Jo’burg’s criminal ecosystem: Corrupt police and drug dealers

By GroundUp
Main photo: The Fort Hare academy is a joint venture between Border Cricket, Fort Hare University and Cricket South Africa. It opened in 2009. Young players are identified from the surrounding areas and attend life skills and training sessions at the university. The most talented are given scholarships and placed into focus schools in the surrounding areas. The university also offers bursaries for tertiary education for cricketers from across South Africa.

In photos: Cricket lives in the rural Eastern Cape

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Marianne Thamm.

Video – Between The Lines: Hitler, Verwoerd & Marianne Thamm

By John Matisonn
Photo by Zeke duPlessis / WycliffeSA via Flickr

The Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill: Apartheid, Ver 2.0?

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Ma Gweja money courier Gerald Miyambo at work. Photo: Ray Mwareya

GroundUp: How does an illegal gold miner get money across the border?

By GroundUp
Photo: A woman sits beneath a recruitment poster for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) near Rustenburg in the North West province October 13, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings.

Ramaphosa for President, says NUM, because it’s the right thing to do

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Wits student leaders march silently on Monday, holding hands after hearing that a university cleaner had died, reportedly after falling sick when a fire extinguisher was let off by students during a protest. (Greg Nicolson)

Student protests spread, while Wits marks a worker’s death

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

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo of Grahamstown protests from 23 September 2016 by Alice Draper.

Op-Ed: #FeesMustFall - the students’ side

By Alice Draper
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

Risk Factor: Democracy turns on Zumocracy

By Ranjeni Munusamy