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20 October 2016 21:33 (South Africa)
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South Africa: A country in dire need of its Obama moment

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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: 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
Main photo: Private security guards detain a student protester at UCT. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Protesters clash with private security at UCT

By GroundUp
Main photo: Wits academic and administrative staff protest outside the Great Hall earlier on Tuesday. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

GroundUp: Wits staff protest against police on campus

By GroundUp
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma speaks during a press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (not pictured) after holding bilateral talks at Statehouse in Nairobi, Kenya, October 11, 2016. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Zuma: Students, you’re noble – but academics must go on

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Dolphins surf a wave in the Wild Coast of the Transkei, South Africa 08 July 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Blue growth only possible if we look after our oceans

By John Duncan
Photo: A boy sits outside a shack with a television satellite dish mounted above a window in the informal shack settlement of Redhill, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 October 2008. This settlement is in a television and radio shadow, out of reception from the national broadcasters airwave signals. The only form of television possible is by using a satellite dish which then has to be mounted as high as possible to receive a decent signal. Although most of the community is extremely poor and exist on very little, some homes and bars have satellite television. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Education Deprived? There’s a high-speed solution for that.

By Jacques Joubert
Photo: Dejected South African players during the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship match between South Africa and New Zealand at Kings Park Stadium, Durban South Africa on 08 October 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The Paper Round: What’s wrong with the Springboks?

By Antoinette Muller
Main photo: Solomon Nhlapo has been told he is trespassing in his own house. Photo: Ciaran Ryan.

GroundUp: Soweto man’s house sold behind his back for R100

By GroundUp
Photo by Simon Allison/Daily Maverick

Zuma’s message to diplomats: This is democracy, deal with it

By Simon Allison
The Long March-2F carrier rocket carrying China's Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft takes off from the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu province, China, 17 October 2016. China launched the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft carrying two crew members into orbit to dock with the Tiangong-2 space lab on a 30-day mission. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

While you were sleeping: 18 October 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Darling Wind Farm, by Warren Rohner via Flickr

Comparative Analysis: The cost of new power generation in South Africa

By Chris Yelland
Main photo: A protester and police officer scuffle on UCT’s upper campus on Monday. (Ashraf Hendricks)

GroundUp: Poo-r show as protesters throw faeces into UCT’s law and economics buildings

By GroundUp
Main photo: Police and protesters are caught in a scuffle outside RW James building (Shaun Swingler/Chronicle)

In Photos: The $#!T hits the fan at UCT

By Shaun Swingler