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Photo: Dladla’s house in the Blue Valley golf estate in Midrand, Gauteng. (Picture: News24)
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Photo: Lonmin employees gather on a hill called Wonderkop at Marikana, outside Rustenburg in the North West Province of South Africa, August 15, 2012. The following day, 34 of them were dead, 78 were wounded. (Photograph Greg Marinovich)

What’s mine is mine: Lonmin and the secret claim on Marikana land

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama. Picture: via  EWN

AmaBhungane: BLF-linked disruption of #GuptaLeaks town hall discussion deplorable

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

Video: #GuptaLeaks Ep.3 – All the President's (Wo)men

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Photo: ANC leadership at the policy conference, 5 July 2017, Nasrec. (Ihsaan Haffejee)

In the Guptas’ shadow: ANC lekgotla will talk economy, but mean electoral business

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: Anoj Singh (EWN)

Eskom CFO Anoj Singh is out. Finally.

By Greg Nicolson
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POLITICALLY AWEH: Ep. 1 – Dr Makhosi Khoza, death threats and extreme ill-discipline (Video)

By Politically Aweh
Photo: Minister of State Security David Mahlobo. Photo: GCIS Flickr account (CC BY-ND 2.0)

GroundUp: Cybercrimes Bill makes cyberspace less secure

By GroundUp

Book Review: As it was in the beginning – division, crisis and factionalism are part of the ANC’s DNA

By Marianne Thamm

Photo: People take part in a demonstration against Congolese President Joseph Kabila in Brussels, Belgium 17 December 2016. Photo: EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

ISS Today: Without elections, the DRC’s economy will continue to slide

Photo: Minister Malusi Gigaba, Deputy Minister Sfiso Buthelezi, South African Revenue Service Commissioner, Mr Tom Moyane, 3 April 2017 (Photos GCIS)

Right of Reply: SARS is not falling apart, saying so is a misrepresentation of the facts

By Daily Maverick
Image: Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa, 1832

Making Waves. Big ones. Coming your way soon.

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: An aerial view of Djibouti sea port on 19 March 2009.  EPA/MAZEN MAHDI

Horn of Africa a flash point for proxy battles among Gulf states

By EPA/Maciej Kulczynski
National teams of Japan (white) and Australia during a Frisbee game during the World Games of the non-Olympic sports in Wroclaw, Poland, 21 July 2017.

While you were sleeping: 28 July 2017

By John Stupart

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.  06/05/2016 Kopano Tlape GCIS

SCORPIO: In addition to his R30m Eskom pension bonanza, Brian Molefe also got a R1.3m tax discount

Photo: St Albans Prison entrance, Port Elizabeth. Photo: Google Maps/Street View

GroundUp: State mental health patients are being held in prisons

By GroundUp
Photo by Lamdogjunkie via Flickr.

Scorpio & amaBhungane #GuptaLeaks: Let’s hear it for the good guys

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, interviewed by South African journalist Hennie Serfontein in the 1980s. (Photo: South African Council of Churches)

Hennie Serfontein: The passing of a giant of the pen

By John Matisonn
Photo by Andrew Thrasher via Flickr.

TRAINSPOTTER: The ageless, never-ending government/corporate collusion porno

By Richard Poplak
Original photo: Makhosi Khoza (Wikimedia Commons)

Analysis: The disciplinary dance over Makhosi Khoza could lead to another proxy fight

By Stephen Grootes
The Soyuz booster rocket FG with Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft is rolled out to the launch pad by train at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, 26 July 2017. Expedition 52-53 crewmembers Paolo Nespoli of European Space Agency, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, and Randy Bresnik of NASA are scheduled to launch on the Soyuz MS-05 to the International Space Station (ISS) on 28 July 2017. The Expedition 52/53 crew will spend more than four months together aboard the orbital complex before returning to Earth in December.

While you were sleeping: 27 July 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: First lady Melania Trump (R) introduces US President Donald J. Trump (L) before his speech during a 'Make America Great Again' rally at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, USA, 25 July 2017. EPA/DAVID MAXWELL

US: The Unlikeable Mr Trump's less than great week

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A man holding a Colombian flag walks in the transitional local zones for normalization (ZVTN) of Buenavista, in Meta, Colombia, 27 June 2017. After completing the handover of their weapons to monitors of the United Nations, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has ceased to exist and will now work as a political party. EPA/MAURICIO DUENAS CASTANEDA

Colombia: Guerrillas of war to guerrillas of conservation

Photo: Minister Pravin Gordhan, Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas and Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago during the pre-Budget speech media briefing at Imbizo Centre in Parliament. (Photo: GCIS)

State Capture: Stop sitting on the fence, take a stand – Gordhan

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte and Secretary General Gwede Mantashe at the Policy Conference, 5 July 2017, Nasrec (Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee)

ANC NEC & Lekgotla: Never mind the factional poetics, focus on the economy

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs during the second day of the 43rd edition of the Pinkpop Music Festival at Landgraaf, in the south of the Netherlands, 27 May 2012 (reissued 20 July 2017).  EPA/MARCEL VAN HOORN

Mental Health: Chester Bennington and the demons he knew – and we know

By Antoinette Muller

Gupta associate Salim Essa sells shares in Trillian Holdings

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Helderstroom Prison in the Western Cape. Satellite photo from Google Maps.

GroundUp: Catch 22 for refugee in prison

By GroundUp
Photo: A member of  Cameroon’s elite Rapid Intervention Brigade. Photo: Amnesty International

ISS Today: The high cost of ignoring torture in Cameroon

Photo: Aerial view of the the Somerset Hospital Precinct and surrounds. Photo from the Western Cape government’s proposal

GroundUp: Province proposes affordable houses near Waterfront

By GroundUp
PHOTO: Kapil Garg. (Facebook)

News24: Indian IT guru linked to fake WMC sites

By News24
Convention goers participate in a photo shoot for people dressed as Marvel Comics characters during the second day of the Comic Con International 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, USA, 21 July 2017.

While you were sleeping: 26 July 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Minister Malusi Gigaba, Deputy Minister Sifiso Buthelezi, South African Revenue Service Commissioner, Mr Tom Moyane, 3 April 2017 (Photos GCIS)

Tax Season: Systemic IT glitch raises red flags at SARS

By Marianne Thamm
Photo by Neil Moralee via Flickr.

HairGate Rebooted: Another Gauteng school penalises black girls because of their hair

Photo: Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu (GCIS), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (GCIS), Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete (EPA)

ANC Leadership Race: Lindiwe Sisulu & Baleka Mbete set to go against Dlamini-Zuma, but are they to be taken seriously?

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: President Jacob Zuma addresses Eskom staff at Eskom Headquarters in Megawatts during his monitoring visit to the state owned power utility, 6 May 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Parliament & State Capture: Inquiry into Eskom's role passes first hurdle, but is it just a show of form?

By Marianne Merten
Photo: GCIS staff members raise their voices against rape at the “Day of Action Against Rape” in Pretoria, 11 Feb 2013. (GCIS Photo)

Op-Ed: Education and policies are vital in fight against rape culture

By Kirsten Whitfield
Photo: Wayde Van Niekerk's and Akani Simbine during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 15 August 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

ASA: SA athletes speaking out will be the downfall of shady administrators

By Antoinette Muller
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Op-Ed: State Capture and Beyond

By Raymond Suttner
Image: Urban designer Azraa Rawoot’s impression of what he Tafelberg site could have been as a mixed-use and social housing development

GroundUp: Sea Point Jewish residents and domestic workers meet over Tafelberg

By GroundUp
Photo: Living with HIV/Aids orphan children receive their antiretroviral HIV drugs from drug storage at Mercy Centre for HIV/Aids patients, Bangkok, Thailand, 04 May 2007.  EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

Aids: Progress but still substantial cause for concern

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: A Home Affairs representative collects asylum seekers’ documents. Archive photo: Trevor Bohatch

GroundUp: Asylum seekers will have to live near borders if Home Affairs has its way

By GroundUp
Photo: A resident watches as police try to create calm and stop a protest in Military Road. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Steenvilla social housing residents protest against evictions

By GroundUp
Original photo by Gallo Images.

amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: Another German software giant implicated in ‘kickback’ payments

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and Human Settlements Minster Lindiwe Sisulu launch the country’s biggest social housing project in Imbali Township, in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal Province. 01/04/2017, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

ANC Leadership Race: Finding a place on the slate may prove difficult for Lindiwe Sisulu

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo speaks to journalists after handing over a memorandum to government officials in Pretoria July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

Op-Ed: Will the new TCB live up to its promises?

Photo: The ANC office and four community leaders’ homes were burned down in Imizamo Yethu. Photo: Supplied

GroundUp: Hout Bay residents agree to keep the peace

By GroundUp
Photo: Frikkie Rossouw, of the SANParks’ Environmental Crime Investigations Unit, prepares the carcass of a rhino killed for its horn for postmortem, Kruger National Park, South Africa, 04 February 2015. EPA/SALYM FAYAD

Poaching: SA heads for 1,000 rhino killings for the fifth year in a row

By Tony Carnie
Photo: Michael Flynn, then National Security Adviser to US President Donald J. Trump... and PW Botha. (EPA and Reuters)

Letter from Trumpland: Wieners on the grill, next to the boerewors and sosaties

By Glen Retief
Photo: Speaker Baleka Mbete addressed media at OR Tambo international Airport on Sunday 2 April 2017 after opposition parties launched a motion of no confidence vote application against the president. (Greg Nicolson)

Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: Zero words about no confidence vote from Baleka Mbete

By Marianne Merten
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Armed robbers bomb safe at KZN petrol station

By News24

Boks hopeful Whiteley can face Pumas

By News24

Senate health bill collapses in bitter blow to Trump


#GuptaLeaks a huge embarrassment to ANC - Mkhize

By News24

US Senate passes Russia sanctions, sends bill to Trump


US convicts Chinese billionaire in UN bribery scandal


Apple axes iPod nano and shuffle


Iran in 'successful' test of satellite-launch rocket


Volkswagen to refit 1 million more diesel cars in Germany


All new security measures removed from Jerusalem holy site: Israel police

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Photo: Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama. Picture: via EWN

#GuptaLeaks: Gupta spin machine commissioned BLF’s Andile Mngxitama

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Main photo: President Jacob Zuma addressing the launch of the Truman Magubane Family Foundation in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. The foundation which Named after its founder and Grand Patron Truman Magubane, 22/07/2017 (Elmond Jiyane/GCIS)

ANC Leadership Race: Foundations as weapons of war

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Photo: Prudence Mabele: 21 July 1971 to 10 July 2017. Photo from her Facebook page

GroundUp: Prudence Mabele was a radical who led the struggle for openness about HIV

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Photo: ANC President Jacob Zuma, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC’s Policy Conference, 5 July 2017 (Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee)

ANC’s Leadership Race: The Dirtiest Options

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Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during a funeral service of Prudence Nobantu Mabele at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg, Johannesburg, July 19, 2017 Photo: GCIS

Health-e News: Pills, prevention and politicking – the unfinished business of HIV

Photo: Tanzania’s then President elect John Pombe Magufuli addresses members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party (CCM) at the party's sub-head office on Lumumba road in Dar es Salaam, October 30, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Sadi Said.

The SADC Wrap: Tanzania crackdown continues, Malawi jails former minister

Photo: A woman looks on as a police Nyala patrols a village during tense local municipal elections in Vuwani, South Africa's northern Limpopo province, August 3, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Vuwani: Unhappy community on the march, again

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A man stands with his dog as police evict hundreds of people from their houses on a farm in the rural town of Skeerport, South Africa Wednesday 6 April 2005. Land evictions have seen thousands of people move from illegally occupied land since the fall of the apartheid system. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: Resisting evictions from farms

Photo: Voters wait patiently to cast their vote at a voting station in Harare, Zimbabwe, 27 June 2008.  EPA/STR

Op-Ed: Is the future of electoral democracy assured in Africa?

By Claude Kabemba
Photo: The South African Broadcasting Corporation headquarters in Johannesburg, 2008 Photo: Mike Powell (Wikimedia Commons)

Op-Ed: SABC programming post-Hlaudi – any green shoots?

Photo: Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada looks on during the ANC's centenary celebration in Bloemfontein, South Africa, January 8, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Op-Ed: Kathrada spoke – and acted – out of concern for the state of the movement and the needs of the country

By Cyril Ramaphosa
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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

By GroundUp

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

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

Makhosi Khoza: Fear and loathing in the parliamentary precinct

By Carien du Plessis
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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Photo: Masixole Feni

GroundUp: Lost trial record hampers prisoner’s appeal

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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: 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
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
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

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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

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

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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
Photo: A South African boy stands with his mother and thousands of South Africans as they wait in line outside Guguletu Social Services office to register for a Social Relief of Distress Grant, Guguletu, Cape Town, South Africa 28 January 2009.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

SassaGate Reloaded: CEO signed a final letter with us before being axed, says SA Post Office CEO Mark Barnes

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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.

amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: The Captured Presidency

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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

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

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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

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GroundUp: What is government doing about Cape Town’s water crisis?

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

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

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While you were sleeping: 18 July 2017

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