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26 October 2016 23:16 (South Africa)
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Limpopo's Groundhog Day: Section27 drags Motshekga back to court

  • 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: South African bowler Morne Morkel (C) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir during the Super Eight stage match of the World Twenty20 tournament between South Africa and India at Colombo, Sri Lanka, 02 October 2012. EPA/HARISH TYAGI

What’s in a name? For Cricket South Africa, it’s the lack of a T20 sponsor

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan walks to meet protesting students ahead of presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 26 October 2016. With student protesters demonstrating at the gates of parliament, the Finance Minister delivered his medium term budget policy speech to parliament despite a disruption by protesters inside the National Assembly who were removed by police. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

MTBPS reactions: From Great to Not Far Enough

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane celebrates after winning  the African Champions League (CAF) Final second d leg soccer match between Zamalekand Sundowns Casablanca at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 23 October 2016.  EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

The Paper Round: What does Mamelodi Sundowns win mean for South African football?

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: An aerial view of the Crossroads informal settlement, Cape Town, South Africa 30 May 2003.  EPA-PHOTO/EPA/Nic Bothma

Op-Ed: We should all be ashamed of our inequality and poverty

By Tristen Taylor
Photo: Hussein Suleman, Head of UCT’s Computer Science Department, read out the memorandum at Wednesday morning’s protest.

GroundUp: ‘We want Blade,’ UCT staff chant at Parliament

By GroundUp
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presents his Medium Term Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 26 October 2016. With student protestors demonstrating at the gates of parliament, the Finance Minister delivered his medium term budget policy speech to parliament despite a disruption by protestors inside the National Assmbly who were removed by police. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

MTBPS: Gordhan steps into the breach with extra R17 billion for poor students

By Judith February
Photo: Protesters have been interdicted from carrying weapons on UCT, such as the sticks they are seen carrying in this photo taken on Friday 21 October. (GroundUp photo)

GroundUp: UCT acts against violent protests

By GroundUp
Main photo: Lehlohonolo Nthontho, the CEO of Bapo Ba Mogale Investments (Photo: Sobantu Mzwakali)

What’s mine is mine: How the Bapo Ba Mogale got robbed of R800 million

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi addresses the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) community broadcast stakeholder engagement workshop at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, 24 June 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Op-Ed: Minister Muthambi should be fired for digital migration disaster

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Six months to re-issue 17-million new SASSA cards: Can it be done or are we heading for another deadly crisis?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: An unemployed builder holds a spirit level used in brick laying as he waits on a roadside for work in Cape Town, South Africa, 20 May 2015. Statistics South Africa reports the unemployment rate is around 24 per cent of the labour force in the country. EPA/NIC BOTHMA EPA/NIC BOTHMA

GroundUp: Why National Minimum Wage negotiations are deadlocked

By GroundUp
Photo: Caster Semenya of South Africa reacts during the women's 800m semi finals of the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium, also known as Bird's Nest, in Beijing, China, 27 August 2015.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Intersecting Oppression: Locating Gender within #FeesMustFall

By Mandipa Ndlovu & Faranaaz Vraagom
Original photos: NPA head Shaun Abrahams (GCIS) and SA President Jacob Zuma. (EPA)

TRAINSPOTTER: Shaun of the Dead

By Richard Poplak
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers the 2010 budget speech in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa 17 February 2010. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Mid-Term Budget Policy Statement: Will Gordhan keep the economic and political wolves from the door?

By Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
Photo: South African president, Jacob Zuma during the State Of the Nation Address in Cape Town, South Africa, 12 February 2015. EPA/RODGER BOSCH/POOL

Zuma: If I intervened in Gordhan charges, South Africa would be a banana republic

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan during a meeting with business and labour leaders at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. South Africa. 09/05/2016. Siyabulela Duda (GCIS)

NPA vs Gordhan: Fatal disregard of law will make case go down in history

By Marianne Thamm

Op-Ed: There is another way out of South Africa’s ICC dilemma

By Anton du Plessis & Simon Allison

Op-Ed: A betrayal to the spirit of 1994

By Wilmot James

Zuma’s True Expendables

By Stephen Grootes

Op-Ed: Leaving the ICC, going over to the dark side

By Paul Hoffman

GroundUp: Disabled students protest against police on Wits

By GroundUp

Analysis: What's in the Hate Bill?

By Greg Nicolson

Op-Ed: South Africa is turning its back on international criminal justice

By Bonita Meyersfeld

Analysis: Abandoning the ICC is South Africa’s Brexit moment

By Simon Allison

Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.61 – Evita on ANC rumours, catty gossips and real news

By Pieter-Dirk Uys

ANC Blowback: Mthembu breaks conspiracy of silence, while Zuma-Abrahams meeting raises alarm

By Ranjeni Munusamy

DA: ConCourt must declare ICC withdrawal illegal

By Greg Nicolson

Letter to the editor: Sidley is asking blacks to be good, even if it kills them

By Tokelo Nhlapo

Op-Ed: Withdrawal from the ICC – Curious and questionable

By Angela Mudukuti