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1 July 2016 22:47 (South Africa)
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Analysis: Will Mamphela Ramphele form the next Cope?

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    Sipho Hlongwane

    Sipho Hlongwane is a writer and columnist for Daily Maverick. His other work interests also include motoring, music and technology, for which he has some awards. In a previous life, he drove forklift trucks, hosted radio shows, waited tables, and was once bitten by a large monitor lizard on his ankle. It hurt a lot. Arsenal Football Club is his only permanent obsession.

    He appears in these pages as a political correspondent.

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Afghan National Army soldiers breaking the fast during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at their military base on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan, 28 June 2016. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating and drinking during the period between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is believed that the Koran's first verse was revealed during its last 10 nights. EPA/JALIL REZAYEE

While you were sleeping: 1 July 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng with his spirit guide, Joseph Goebbels.

His Master’s Voice: Why Hlaudi Motsoeneng is democratic SA’s biggest threat

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Main photo: A man cooks dinner on an illicit diamond dig.

GroundUp: Rough diamonds, Part 4 – Illicit digging carries on

By GroundUp
Photo: Paul O'Sullivan (Sally Shorkend for Maverick Magazine)

House of Cards: O’Sullivan back in court – a test case for all dual citizenship, or not?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau in Eldorado Park, 30 June 2016 (Richard Poplak)

TRAINSPOTTER: President Zuma in Eldorado Park – Call Of Campaign Duty: Non-Question Question Period III

By Richard Poplak
Photo: South African bank notes featuring an image of former South African President Nelson Mandela are displayed at an office in Johannesburg January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Love e-Tender: Modernising and streamlining the procurement system

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Rush hour traffic is congested as people rush to get home on the N1 highway in Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 December 2013. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: A low carbon future – the meaning of carbon tax and offsets

Photo: A general view of the fastest computer in Africa named Lengau at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town, South Africa 08 June 2016. Lengau meaning Cheetah in Setswana language named after Africa's fastest animal was officially launched this week and is the fastest supercomputer in Africa. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)'s Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) hosts the latest Dell machine which is in the top 100 supercomputing list worldwide. The new petaflop system is the first of its kind on the continent and is aimed at enhancing services for researchers and scientists working on a wide range of subjects from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope to weather modeling, climate change and mining. EPA/NIC BOTHMA.

amaBhungane: CSIR’s supercomputer tender and the theatre of the absurd that followed it

Photos: Ihsaan Haffejee.

GroundUp: Somalis fear for their lives after Tshwane riots

By GroundUp
Original photo of André Slade by EWN’s Clement Manyathela.

Op-Ed: Reporting Racism in the land of Sunshine Journalism

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Locals carry a Coca-Cola branded refrigerator they looted at a nearby shop during protests in Atteridgeville, a township located to the west of Pretoria, South Africa June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Election violence concerns as IEC finalises candidates

By Greg Nicolson
Relatives of Umut Sakaroglu, a custom officer at Ataturk Airport who was killed in the attacks on 28 June, mourn during a funeral in Istanbul, Turkey, 29 June 2016. At least 41 people were killed and more than 239 others were wounded in three separate gun and bomb attack outside and inside the terminal of Istanbul's Ataturk international airport on 28 June, media reported quoting officials. The attacks have been linked to either the Islamic State (IS) militant group or Kurdish separatists, media added. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

While you were sleeping: 30 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau, DA’s Herman Mashaba and EFF's Floyd Shivambu during mayoral debate at The Gathering, moderates by Stephen Grootes, 10 June 2016. (Greg Nicolson)

Battleground Joburg: Tremors of Change could profoundly alter SA’s future

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Roelf Meyer and Melanie Verwoerd (EWN)

Roelf Meyer: ‘We had bigger challenges then than we do now’

By Melanie Verwoerd
A composite of torture images. See them in full size at the  bottom of the story.

amaBhungane: Torture and the culture of fear in a ‘free’ South Africa

Photo: Johannesburg by Paul Saad via Flickr.

Gauteng Quality of Life Survey offers insight into real life

By Marelise van der Merwe
Main photo: Working by torchlight, illicit diggers search for diamonds near Hondeklipbaai.

GroundUp: Rough diamonds, Part 3 – ‘If we could work legally, we wouldn’t break the law’

By GroundUp
Photo: A rainbow forms over the Atlantic ocean as storm clouds approach a small farm on the south peninsula of Cape Town, South Africa, 5 August 2014. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Land reform in South Africa is in trouble – can it be saved?

By Ben Cousins
A handout picture provided by the World Surf League (WSL) of South Africa's Sara Baum in action during the final of the women's Ballito Pro surfing event as part of the WSL in Ballito, South Africa, 28 June 2016. Baum took the second place. EPA/KELLY CESTARI

While you were sleeping: 29 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi (eNCA)

KwaZulu-Natal: NFP out of the elections after missing deadline to pay its registration fee

Photo: Mangaung, Free State, South Africa, 19 December 2012. President Jacob Zuma's face features on a truck at the ANC's Mangaung conference. (Photo Greg Nicolson/NewsFire)

#PayBackTheMoney: Did Zuma’s heavyweight legal team help him get a discount?

By Marianne Thamm
T.O. Molefe is an independent writer. This article was written with the support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Op-Ed: Mayibuye is more than just interracial transfers of ownership

By Osiame Molefe
Main Photo: A dog scavenges near an illicit diamond mining site in Namaqualand.

GroundUp: Rough diamonds, Part 2 – ‘We held onto De Beers, but De Beers drifted away’

By GroundUp
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: Tshwane’s flames and disintegration of ANC’s authority

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: James Aguma, SABC’s newly-appointed CEO. (Ugandan Diaspora)

SABC denies revolt and appoints new ‘leader’

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana (Parliament of South Africa via Flickr)

Strike action looms in Parliament after Nehawu members suspended

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Greg Nicolson)

Big Shoes to Fill: Sharp focus on finding a new Public Protector highlights apathy in filling other posts

By Marianne Merten

Tipping point: Can Matthews’ resignation save a sinking SABC?

By Greg Nicolson

While you were sleeping: 28 June 2016

By John Stupart