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27 May 2016 00:23 (South Africa)
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Malema slices into Zuma, and cuts himself

  • Greg Nicolson
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    Greg Nicolson

    Nicolson left his hometown of Melbourne to move to Johannesburg, beset by fears Australia was going to the dogs. With a camera and a Mac in his bag, he ventures out to cover power and politics, the lives of those included and those excluded. He can be found at the tavern, searching for a good story or drowning a bad one.

Photo: Uber drivers wait at Airport Industria for their next ride. (Photo: Kimon de Greef)

GroundUp: Uber and Out in Cape Town

By GroundUp
Photo: South African motorists wait in line at a petrol station on the eve of a 41 cents per litre price hike for petrol in Cape Town, South Africa, 01 March 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

DA calls for criminal inquiry after R5 billion sale of SA's strategic fuel reserves

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Children play in Happy Valley, Cape Town, South Africa, 05 May 2016. Happy Valley in the greater Blue Downs area is one of the poorest communities on the Cape Flats an area dubbed the apartheid dumping ground. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Status report on SA youth: The good, the bad and the ugly

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: A South African woman and resident of Masiphumelele walks with her child after a fire devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, 29 November 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

GroundUp: Bathabile Dlamini wins children's grants battle with Lion of Africa

By GroundUp
Photo: Beach goers walk in front of the Koeberg power facility in Cape Town, South Africa 21 January 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Analysis: Awaiting ConCourt's decision on Eskom's R5bn nuclear contract

South African school children from Chris Hani High dance during Africa Day celebrations at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa, 25 May 2016. Africa Day is celebrated across the continent each year on 25 May to celebrate the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). On this day in 1963, 30 leaders of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which later led to the current organization known as the African Union (AU). EPA/NIC BOTHMA

While you were sleeping: 26 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Children watch as a clean-up operation by a local shop owner takes place after overnight violence in the Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 May 2014. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Election violence, out of the bottle

By Stephen Grootes
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: How do we identify ethical leadership and politics?

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: The City of Cape Town and the SJC are at loggerheads over whether the City is doing enough to improve sanitation for informal settlement residents. Photo: Masixole Feni

GroundUp Op-Ed: Cape Town’s sanitation delivery ‘best in country’

By GroundUp
Serena Williams of the US in action against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during the first round of the women's singles matches at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 24 May 2016. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

While you were sleeping: 25 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Mangaung, Free State, South Africa, 18 December, 2012. Delegates at the ANC's national elective conference celebrate the re-election of President Jacob Zuma, over Kgalema Motlanthe (centre). Photo Greg Nicolson/NewsFire

On the chopping block: Why a slashed ANC suits Zuma and the premier league

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa, 22 June 2010. EPA/HELMUT FOHRINGER

GroundUp Op-Ed: Does the Social Justice Coalition understand Cape Town’s budget?

By GroundUp
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain, 23 May 2016. This year's theme focuses on health and happiness in the garden. EPA/STR UK OUT

While you were sleeping: 24 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Louisa Wynand accused Marius Fransman of sexually assaulting her on January 6. 2016.

Marius Fransman bounces back, accuser considers other legal options

By Marianne Thamm
Main photo: Uncollected rubbish next to a playground in East London. Glass, tins and condoms were among the garbage. (Photo: Rebecca Hodes)

Trashocracy: What rubbish reveals about our nation

By Rebecca Hodes
Photo: Prof Kevin Naidoo. (Michael Hammond)

Cancer care meets big data: SA’s latest treatment breakthrough

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: The Free State Department of Health has failed to hire nurses to whom it awarded bursaries, leaving them unemployed. Photo from Facebook.

GroundUp: In Free State, no jobs for newly qualified nurses

By GroundUp
Photo: Equal Education Deputy Secretary Ntuthuzo Ndzomo, members Ziyanda Gaxa and Zukhanye Gibe, and Head of Equal Education Eastern Cape Luya Sidimba during a press briefing at Qonce High last week. Photo: Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik.

GroundUp: Eastern Cape students challenge Motshekga in court

By GroundUp
Photo: President Jacob Zuma, NPA head Shaun Abrahams, NPA deputy head Nomgcobo Jiba. (Reuters, GCIS, EWN)

Zuma, Jiba, Abrahams – a day of delaying the delayed delay

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams (R) walks past his deputy Adv Nomgcobo Jiba as he leaves at the end of a media briefing in Pretoria, South Africa, May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Op-Ed: Shaun Abrahams’ Moment of Truth

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Photo by Stephen Lang)

Hlaudi Motsoeneng: Another court defeat, but still fighting

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: NPA head Shaun Abrahams (GCIS)

NPA to appeal the Spy Tapes ruling

By Greg Nicolson
Lotus-shaped illuminated lanterns float on Beira Lake during Vesak celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 22 May 2016. Vesak is a holiday for Buddhists. The day marks the birth, enlightenment and demise of Buddha and is celebrated in Sri Lanka with illuminated pandals, lanterns and 'dansals' or free offers of food, drinks and refreshment to the wayfarers. This year, most of these dansals were absent following devastating monsoonal floods and landslides in some areas. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

While you were sleeping: 23 May 2016

By John Stupart

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.39 – Evita OD's on her Sunday media

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: Bongani Madondo by Tseliso Monaheng (@nemesisinc)

Op-Ed: You Will Never Eat Lunch in this Town Again

By Bongani Madondo
Photo: President Jacob Zuma accompanied by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Lindiwe Sisulu, Premier of Gauteng Nomvula Mokonyane, Tshwane Mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa and other dignitaries attended Freedom Day celebrations held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 27 April 2011. (GCIS)

Analysis: Watch the Gauteng ANC – its fate could determine ruling party’s national future

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: A packed to capacity taxi drives along a road during a bus drivers strike in Cape Town, South Africa 23 April 2013. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

GroundUp: Taxi app’s decision to allow cash payments an Uber mistake?

By GroundUp
Photo: Attorney Charles Abrahams, one of the lead attorneys representing mineworkers in their class action suit against gold mining companies for damages regarding silicosis and tuberculosis. (Greg Nicolson)

Charles Abrahams, silicosis attorney: ‘Someone has to bat for the underdogs’

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Washington Redskins player Will Blackmon (C) celebrates after intercepting a pass at the goal line against Dallas Cowboys player Cole Beasley in the second half of their game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, USA, 03 January 2016. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Analysis: Sports, Race and Identity

By J Brooks Spector