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Released into freedom's chains

  • 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.

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Photo: A photo provided by the South African Government Information Service shows South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) speaking to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) attending a session of the 24th African Union Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State/Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) at the African Union Headquaters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 29 January 2011.  EPA/Ntswe Mokoena.

Justice minister confirms ICC exit, defends the indefensible

By Simon Allison
Tourists walk on the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge in Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province, central China, 20 October 2016. Claimed by China to be the longest and highest glass bridge in the world, the tourist attraction measures 430 metres long, six metres wide and is suspended some 300 metres above ground. The floor of the bridge is made of 99 pieces of reinforced glass. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

While you were sleeping: 21 October 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Anthony Laffor (c) Kennedy Mweene and Thabo Nthethe of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates celebrates a victory during the 2016 Caf Champions League Final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Zamalek at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 15 October 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

Onside/Offside: The Sporting Week that was, October 16-21

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A student marches with various other universities to the Union Buildings during ongoing protests against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Countdown to disaster: Leaders fiddle as SA spirals towards upheaval

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Main photo: Former Wits SRC president Shaeera Kalla is helped into an ambulance by her father and a paramedic after being shot multiple times in the back with rubber bullets by the police.

GroundUp: Student leader Shaeera Kalla shot multiple times by police

By GroundUp

Holy Trinity Catholic Church: No Peace, No Space

By Russell Pollitt
Photo: Mothership (Villach, 2008) by Eugenio Azzola via Flickr.

Op-Ed: Science is not unAfrican – but there is a prejudice towards African science

Photo: Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (L) welcomes South Africa's President Jacob Zuma in Khartoum July 8, 2011. Zuma will be attending South Sudan's independence day celebrations on Saturday. REUTERS/Stringer

BREAKING: South Africa begins process to exit International Criminal Court

By Simon Allison
Photo: Eskom's Arnot power station (Wikimedia Commons)

amaBhungane: R587m in six hours – how Eskom paid for Gupta mine

Main photo: Miners demonstrate outside the court where the landmark silicosis hearings were held. Photo: Dean Peacock

GroundUp: Silicosis case – thousands of women could lose out

By GroundUp
Photo: Alex Hotz, Zola Shokane and two other protesters in animated discussion on the night paintings were burnt at UCT. In court papers Hotz said she had a conversation with other protesters ‘about the wisdom of burning the art’. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong

GroundUp: SCA dismisses UCT’s ‘Shackville Five’ application

By GroundUp
Photo: Residents move between vehicle lights during a routine power outage due to load shedding in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa, 07 December 2014. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Appeal stalls RCA clawback of R42bn by Eskom from electricity customers

Photo: Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela at Wednesday's gathering (Greg Nicolson)

TRAINSPOTTER: Thuli Madonsela’s #WitsPeaceAccord gives us a new hashtag

By Richard Poplak
South African police officers destroy thousands of weapons to mark the start of a an amnesty for illegal guns, Johannesburg, South Africa, 15 January 2010.  EPA/STR

Op-Ed: In Search of a Political Murder

By Niki Moore
Photo: National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams (R) leaves at the end of a media briefing in Pretoria, South Africa, May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Deliverance: NPA’s Shaun Abrahams and the incredible shrinking case against Pravin Gordhan

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Jackson Mthembu before the start of the party’s elective conference in Mangaung, December 2012. Photo: Greg Nicolson/NewsFire

Jackson Mthembu: In the land of the dishonest, an honest man is a kingmaker

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (YouTube via TechCentral)

Op-Ed: New Public Protector has to allay apprehensions

By Frans Viljoen
Photo: Protesters hurl a large set of bins at private security guards protecting the main UCT library yesterday. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Backlash from staff and alumni against UCT executive

By GroundUp
Photo: Children from the Rainbow-Hill Christian school sing to wish former South African President Nelson Mandela well outside his house in Houghton June 11 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Op-Ed: Collaboration Schools – Trojan Horse or a Knight in Shining Armour?

By David Harrison
Photo: Springboks players during the Springboks morning training session on the 26 September 2016 at Fourways High School Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Five things we learnt from day one of the Rugby Coaching Indaba

By Antoinette Muller
The shadows of South African students are cast on the street as they protest against the proposed rise in tuition fees on the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus, in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 October 2015. South African students continued with their campaign across the country enforing multiple university shut downs and rolling protests against the rise in tuition fees. Twenty one students are appearing in court after being arrested when thousands breached the parliament precinct in an unprecedented protest on 21 October 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

#FeesMustFall: Worst-Case Wednesday at University of the Western Cape

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Students march and sing during a protest in support of the #FeesMustFall movement at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 19 October 2016. Students continue protesting after five weeks of demanding free tertiary education across most university and tertiary education campuses in the country. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: The National Student Crisis – What now?

US businessman and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses a little girl he called up from the audience during a campaign rally at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA, 17 October 2016. Trump and Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton will meet in the final presidential debate on 19 October. EPA/TANNEN MAURY

While you were sleeping: 19 October 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams gestures during a media briefing in Pretoria, South Africa, May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko; Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson)

Abrahams’ backfire: Gordhan charge leads to anti-Zuma front

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Students from Wits University use stolen shields to protect themselves as they advance during clashes with police forces during ongoing protests against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Open letter to Minister Gordhan in response to Wits academic Dr Kelly Gillespie

By Nicky Roberts & Oscar van Heerden
Photo: A protester hurls a dustbin at a private security guard. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks / GroundUp

#FeesMustFall: Tumultuous Tuesday

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma (R) hugs ANC Youth League president Julius Malema (L) after a signing ceremony committing parties to the electoral code of conduct in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 March 2009.  EPA/JON HRUSA

The Way We Are: The judge, the opposition leader, the tax settlement and the mysterious break-ins

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Iqbal Surve, Executive Chairman, Sekunjalo Investments, South Africa is captured during the session ‘Sustainability Champions’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2012. Copyright by World Economic Forum by Monika Flueckiger

Media: PIC discloses exact exposure in Surve’s Independent Media Group

By News24
Main photo: Student protest leader Mickey Moyo addresses UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price on Friday afternoon, October 14. Screenshot from EWN video.

GroundUp: Accusations of assault at UCT – what really happened?

By GroundUp