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Makhosi Khoza: Fear and loathing in the parliamentary precinct

Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma replies to the debate about his State Of The Nation Address (SONA) in the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 16 February 2017. The president responded to the debate in parliament following the 09 February 2017 SONA. EPA/NIC BOTHMA
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Photo: SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy and Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula during the Paralympics send off at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.

Sascoc’s war in the Boardroom: Phone bugging allegations surface 

Photo: Cosatu Head Office, Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 February 2013. (Photo: Greg Nicolson/Daily Maverick)

amaBhungane: How Gupta associates ‘fleeced’ Cosatu in HQ deal


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Photo: Sipho Pityana (right) with (from left)Nelson MandelaBay Mayor Athol Trollip and city council speaker James Lawack at a protest in Port Elizabeth in April. Photo: Joseph Chirume

GroundUp: Pityana asks MPs to vote according to conscience

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Photo: Hundreds of DA supporters gathered outside National Treasury in Pretoria on 20 July to protest against its ‘capture’. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

State Capture: Maimane takes the Gupta fight to the UAE

By Ihsaan Haffejee

Life Esidimeni: Justice at last? Dikgang Moseneke enters the tragedy

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Vytije Mentor and her self-published book. (Source: Twitter)

Lone Ranger: Vytjie Mentor on the groper president and the ANC’s lost soul

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Girls from the all girls school, Parktown Girls High, protest outside their school to highlights women's rights in Johannesburg, South Africa, 01 June 2017. Photo: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

ISS Today: Making Africa’s schools safe for pupils and teachers


Main photo: Members of the City of Cape Town’s Anti-Land Invasion Unit demolish homes in Imizamo Yethu. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Violence erupts in Hout Bay as City attempts to reblock

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Upgrading Informal Settlements: A burning need for houses sparks protests on the streets of Atteridgeville

Photo: Congolese President Joseph Kabila welcomes President Jacob Zuma at the National Palace in Kinshasa in 2013 (Photo: GCIS)

ISS Today: SA should first sort out its own backyard

Photo: US President Donald J. Trump holds a Channellock tool during a meeting with US company representatives and featuring products made in the United States, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 19 July 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS.

When the leadership skills are missing in action: Exhibit Trump

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Supporters of the Save South Africa movement listen to speeches in St Albans Church in Tshwane, 2 November 2016. (Greg Nicolson)

Op-Ed: The state of civil and political rights in South Africa

By Kate Tissington and Fola Adeleke

Photo: Masixole Feni

GroundUp: Lost trial record hampers prisoner’s appeal

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Photo: African National Congress President Jacob Zuma (R) speaks with his lawyer Michael Hulley ahead of a press conference after appearing at the Durban High Court, South Africa, April 7, 2009. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Nothing to see here: KZN Law Society refuses to investigate Zuma’s lawyer Michael Hulley

By Marianne Thamm
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O.J. Simpson (R) attends his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center, in Lovelock, Nevada, USA, 20 July 2017. Simpson is serving a nine to 33 year prison term for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction.

While you were sleeping: 21 July 2017

By John Stupart
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Eskom’s Bleak Powerhouse: Results offer too many questions, too few answers

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, January 27, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler.

amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: The Captured Presidency

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Book Review: foodSTUFF – a touching memoir with food as the centrepiece

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Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, January 27, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler.

TRAINSPOTTER #GuptaFreaks: Fool’s Mates – How the Presidency was captured, one pawn at a time

By Richard Poplak
A fireman works to extinguish embers the day after a large fire swept through the pine forest of Castelfusano in Ostia near Rome, Italy, 18 July 2017. Homes in Rome have been evacuated after famed beauty spots went up in smoke outside the Italian capital and in the southern Italian port amid a continuing spate of alleged arson related wildfires across Italy.

While you were sleeping: 20 July 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: A family, extended and direct, harvest a bumper crop of sweet potatoes in Sigidi Village. Photo: Supplied

Op-Ed: ‘Resistance is fertile’ – Amadiba agriculture challenges elite mining agenda

By Andrew Bennie
Main photo: Mathias_Voelzke – When We Were Exhaling Images at Friedrichsplatz

Documenta 14 Kassel: Art with purpose, beyond neoliberal culture

Main photo: Red Ant security guards remove belongings from Fattis Mansions on Harrison Street on Wednesday morning. All photos: Steve Kretzmann.

GroundUp: Red Ants turf residents out of Johannesburg building

By GroundUp
Photo: Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies addresses the media on the upcoming South Africa- European Union Summit, Tshedimosetso House in Pretoria. (Photo: GCIS)

Brexit: Southern African Customs Union trade with UK not to be disrupted

Photo: Agents from the 10111 South African Police Service call centre protest on Jan Smuts Drive, Maitland. Photo: Vincent Lali

GroundUp: 10111 agents down phones

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Photo: Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini at a media briefing by Interministerial Committee on Immigration held at Tshedimosetso House in Hatfield, Pretoria. 28\04\2015 Photo: Kopano Tlape GCIS

Sassa: Dlamini appoints Pearl Bhengu acting CEO of grants agency

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Photo: James Aguma, SABC's Chief Financial Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer. (Ugandan Diaspora)

SABC: Acting CEO Aguma resigns from public broadcaster, disciplinary charges withdrawn

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Photo: Laura Wolvaardt of South Africa bats during the 2017 Cricket World Cup semi final between the Proteas and England. Photo:ICC Cricket

Reporter's Notebook: The Proteas captured and broke our hearts, but they'll be the golden generation

By Antoinette Muller
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Goalie Jessica Milcich of New Zealand prepares to save a shot during the New Zealand vs South Africa women's water polo Group B second round match at the 17th FINA Swimming World Championships in Hajos Alfred National Swimming Pool in Budapest, Hungary, 18 July 2017.

While you were sleeping: 19 July 2017

By John Stupart

GroundUp Op-Ed: Takedown of Black Opinion website exposes poor SA internet law

By GroundUp
Photo: Policemen open fire as protesting miners and residents burn tyres near Impala Platinum’s Rustenburg mine, February 16, 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

After 59 deaths allegedly at the hands of SAPS in Gauteng, no officer has faced justice

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Activists hold candles and a placard reading ‘Burundi bleeds’ during a candlelight vigil held for Burundi in Nairobi, Kenya, 13 December 2015. Photo: EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Op-Ed: The collateral damage of the FIDH Report on Burundi

By Patrick Hajayandi
Photo: General Berning Ntlemeza (Lucky Nxumalo for  Netwerk24)

ISS Today: It’s time for the right Top Cops in South Africa

Photo: Michael Matthews (2-L) of Australia, Edvald Boasson Hagen (R) of Norway and John Degenkolb (L) of Germany sprint for the win during the 16th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 165 km between Le Puy-en-Velay and Romans-sur-Isere, France, 18 July 2017. Matthews won ahead of second placed Boasson Hagen and third placed Degenkolb. EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT

Tour de France for Dummies Stage 16: No Mandela Day fairy tale for Team DD

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Nelson Mandela Lecture, held at the University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus, South Africa. 17 July 2016. EPA/CORNELL TUKIRI

Mandela Day: Honouring his legacy in anger and pain as the country weeps

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Hundreds of security guards marched to the Tshwane mayor, Solly Msimanga's office on Monday to demand an end to outsourcing by the metro. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

Outsourcing: Protesting guards demand job security in Tshwane

By Ihsaan Haffejee
Photo: Talk to the hand – MKVA's Kebby Maphatsoe (Greg Nicolson)

Scorpio & amaBhungane #GuptaLeaks: How Guptas picked up ANC military vets’ conference tab

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: Brent Meersman

GroundUp: Asylum seekers entitled to UIF

By GroundUp
Photo: Pupils study at a small school in Matondoni village on Lamu island, Kenya, 18 June 2014.  EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

ISS Today: Kenya’s education focus should be on quality, not quantity

Britain's Prince George (L) and Princess Charlotte (R) look through the airplane window as they arrive with their parents Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (not seen) at the airport in Warsaw, Poland, 17 July 2017. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a first official visit to Poland.

While you were sleeping: 18 July 2017

By John Stupart
Main photo: Manufacturing the Black Banner – Islamic State Flag. Portrayed in a recent photo report of the Islamic State. Damascus (Syria)

Op-Ed: Islamic State’s future lies in a narrative of an imaginary world that became reality

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Lifers in prisons across the country are demanding that parole be considered for them. (GroundUp)

Inside SA's Prisons: Lifers, Riots and Parole

Photo: Prisoners attend a cult meeting presided over by Evangelical pastor Marcos Pereira da Silva, at the 52nd Police Station jail in Nova Iguacu, near Rio de Janeiro, October 29, 2009. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Fact sheet: The state of South Africa’s prisons

Photo: (Left) Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza (Photo: SIMPHIWE NKWALI / TimesLIVE) (Right) Minister Bathabile Dlamini (GCIS photo)

SassaGate Reloaded: CEO Magwaza fired as Dlamini sets Sassa on course for another crisis

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Angola’s Eduardo dos Santos and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame (All photos EPA)

Op-Ed: Three Days in August – African elections through the looking glass

By Terence McNamee
Photo: SACP’s Solly Mapaila (Photo by EWN)

Removal of Pravin Gordhan: SACP deputy Mapaila’s affidavit could reveal intelligence report’s role in reshuffle

By Greg Nicolson
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: Remembering Luthuli on the 50th anniversary of his death

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Dane van Niekerk of South Africa bats during the 2016 International ODI Womens cricket match between South Africa and New Zealand at Boland Park, Paarl on 16 October 2016 Photo: ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Cricket: England and South Africa start with clean slate in Women’s World Cup semi-final

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Linkin Park singer died on birthday of friend Cornell


Clashes after Israel restricts Jerusalem Old City prayers


EFF threatens Mbete with court action if she rejects secret ballot

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Graca Machel threatens to sue Mandela's doctor over book on his 'last years'

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US to ban travel to North Korea after Warmbier death


Linkin Park singer Bennington dead in apparent suicide


Neil Armstrong moon bag sells for $1.8mn in New York


US, European police say 'dark web' markets shut down


OJ Simpson granted parole, could be freed in October


Organisations present stats on lack of policing in Khayelitsha

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GroundUp: We can fix the rural housing shortage in Langeberg municipality

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Photo: The Labour Appeal Court has overturned a judgment by the Labour Court affecting workers hired via labour brokers. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Court victory for workers hired via labour brokers

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Photo: Children write notes from a makeshift blackboard at a school in Mwezeni village in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province in this picture taken June 5, 2012. REUTERS/Ryan Gray

Op-Ed: Lost in the system – a young girl’s right to education

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Photo: Then Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba hands over birth certificates to newly born children at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto during the Early Birth Registration campaign in partnership with Procter and Gamble. 02/12/2016 Kopano Tlape GCIS

Op-Ed: Gigaba’s economic action plan a major letdown

By Fatima Vawda
Photo: Ajay and Atul Gupta, Duduzane Zuma and Jagdish Parekh (standing) speak to the City Press from the New Age Newspaper's offices in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa on 4 March 2011. (Photo by Gallo Images/City Press/Muntu Vilakazi)

amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: More multinationals ensnared in Transnet kickback web

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: Sister Tresia Nontshinga and Dr Marcia Vermeulen at Delft Community Centre Photo: Health-e

Health-e News: A lifetime of swallowing pills

Photo: President Jacob Zuma welcomed by Eskom CEO Brian Molefe at Eskom Headquarters in Megawatts, Sunninghill on his monitoring visit to the state owned power utility, with Chairman Ben Ngubane watching. 06/05/2016 (Kopano Tlape/GCIS)

SCORPIO: The pension like no other – the truth of Brian Molefe’s R30m Eskom ‘golden handshake’ exposed

Photo: Makhosi Khoza (Wikimedia Commons)

Threats to Khoza come from cell number registered to BLF

Original photo: South African President Jacob Zuma attends the China - South Africa Economy Forum at a hotel in Beijing, China, 05 December 2014. President Zuma is on a four-day state visit to China, focusing primarily on boosting economic ties.  EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

TRAINSPOTTER: The A-bomb – R2-billion amnesty package for Zuma?

By Richard Poplak

Video: #GuptaLeaks Ep.2 – Bell Pottinger's PR campaign unpacked

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Photo: Miriam Gova faces eviction from the farm where she was born. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: ‘Where must we go?’ ask sisters facing eviction from wine farm

By GroundUp
Photo: Residents sit with their belongings after being evicted by the Red Ants. Photo: Andrew Bennie

GroundUp: Red Ants accused of firing rubber bullets

By GroundUp
Photo: (Left) Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza (Photo: SIMPHIWE NKWALI / TimesLIVE) (Right) Minister Bathabile Dlamini (GCIS photo)

SassaGate: Agency’s CEO Thokozani Magwaza faces death threats and plot to oust him

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: The Dagga Couple, Jules Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke, at home in Lanseria, Johannesburg. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

The Cannabis Chronicles: Dagga Couple go global

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Astana Pro Team rider Fabio Aru (R) of Italy in action during the 12th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 214.5km between Pau and Peyragudes, France, 13 July 2017. EPA/YOAN VALAT

Tour de France for Dummies, Stage 12: Aru takes the yellow from Froome

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba addresses a breakfast briefing at the ANC's 5th National Policy Conference, Johannesburg 2017. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

SA INC: Gigaba releases grand plan for SA economy

Photo: The leader of Kenya's opposition coalition the National Super Alliance party (NASA) and its presidential candidate Raila Odinga delivers a speech during a rally held in Nairobi, Kenya, 07 July 2017. Photo: EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

ISS Today: Is it Raila Odinga’s turn to eat?

Photo: Reclaim the City supporters hold a picket against evictions at the Searle Street bridge in Cape Town. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Court orders city to provide accommodation report for Woodstock families

By GroundUp
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#GuptaLeaks: SAP execs suspended as probe launched into Gupta kickbacks

By Jillian Green
A fire service helicopter drops flame retardant on the 'Whittier' wildfire in Santa Barbara County, California, USA, 11 July 2017. High temperatures in the western US and Canada have wildfires burning in several states and provinces.

While you were sleeping: 13 July 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Ray Phiri performs at the Guy Butler Theatre in Grahamstown on 10 June 2015 at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Phiri has received many awards. (Photo by Kate Janse van Rensburg)

Last stop for Stimela: Ray Phiri succumbs to lung cancer

Photo: South African boys play football on Africa Day in the densely populated township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa, 25 May 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Recognising the links between environmental issues and social justice

By Ayesha Fakie
Photo: Ray Phiri performing with Stimela in Midrand, when they were celebrating 25 years in the music industry, 1 April 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)

Ray Phiri: A musical superstar who held the hopes and pain of the nation

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders at Bhisho Stadium in Bisho Eastern Cape. South Africa. 07/07/2017. Siyabulela Duda

Ramaphosa 2.0: He’s gonna fight for his right to lead the party

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: South African Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane speaks during a stakeholder meeting at the Community Hall in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa, 05 May 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

180 degrees later, Public Protector provides a potential boost for accountability

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A huge cooling tower for a power station in Soweto stands above the city on Thursday, 08 May 2003, after having been painted over months. EPA PHOTO KIM LUDBROOK

Taxi violence leads to rank and route closures in Soweto

Photo: Donald Trump, Jr. upon his arrival in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, NY, USA, 18 January 2017. EPA/ALBIN LOHR-JONES / POOL

Trump & Son Inc: Or, How Donald Jr learned to stop worrying and love the email bomb

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Photo: Quick Step Floors team rider Marcel Kittel of Germany celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 11th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 203.5km between Eymet and Pau, France, 12 July 2017. EPA/YOAN VALAT

Tour de France for Dummies, Stage 11: The grim reality of losing with less than 500m to go

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC's 5th National Policy Conference in Johannesburg, 2017. Photo: Ihsaan Haff

SACP Congress: ‘The house is burning’ - Ramaphosa

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A year ago, GroundUp reported on 21-year-old Montoedi Nyangweni (photographed here with his mother, Nokukhuthala) who stopped school at grade 6 because of his disability and wants to return to school. He is still not in school and he needs a wheelchair. Photo: Manqulo Nyakombi

GroundUp: Children with disabilities grow old waiting for schools

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Photo: Zambian president elect, Edgar C Lungu, walks through the guard of honour at his presidential inauguration in the capital Lusaka, Zambia, 25 January 2015. Photo: EPA/NOEL MACKSON

ISS Today: Can anyone stop Zambia’s slide into authoritarianism?

Photo: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (YouTube via TechCentral)

State Capture: Zuma has no grounds to stop inquiry – Mkhwebane

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Alison Mosshart singer of indie rock band The Kills performs on the stage of the Auditorium Stravinski during the 51st Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, 10 July 2017 (issued 11 July 2017). The event runs from 30 June to 15 July.

While you were sleeping: 12 July 2017

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Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma at the Presidential home in Pretoria, South Africa a week after the ruling ANC won 62% of the local election vote. May 26, 2011. Photo Greg Marinovich /

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Corrupting the country’s soul, Zupta style: South Africa, you are on your own

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Photo: Makhosi Khoza (Wikimedia Commons)

Makhosi Khoza: Still standing, still fighting, still believing

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