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SARS Wars: Moyane under pressure as suspended No 2 lands a new controversy

Photo: SARS commissioner Tom Moyane (l), No 2 Jonas Makwakwa (r).
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Image by Justice Malala from eNCA stream.

Budget 2017: The politics of ‘Bums on seats’

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Brian Molefe (Photo by EE Publishers)

Joining Parliament’s Rogues’ Gallery: Brian Molefe, MP

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Striking South African public service workers march through the streets of Cape Town, August  26, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings.

Op-Ed: South Africa’s lopsided economy

By Ben Turok

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan flanked by Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas and Director General Lungile Fuzile arrive ahead of the budget speech. (Photo: GCIS)

WATCH: Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas in conversation with Ranjeni Munusamy

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Yong-Bock Kim, a prominent anti-nuclear power activist, addressed protesters against the South Africa-Russia nuclear deal outside the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Russian deal has far-reaching financial implications, says EarthLife lawyer

By GroundUp
Photo: Members of South Africa’s Parliament gather as Speaker Baleka Mbete reads the resignation letter of President Thabo Mbeki in Cape Town, September 22, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA)

MPs’ ‘interests’: Nothing much to disclose, sort of

By Marianne Merten
Photo: A child stands against a gate as refugees from xenophobic violence walk are interviewed by South African government officials at the Rand Airport camp near Germiston, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 August 2008. EPA/JON HRUSA

Xenophobia: Attacks, now a march

By Greg Nicolson
Photo by Wendy via Flickr.

Budget 2017: How new top tax nips the rich

By Rebecca Davis

Caption: Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (L) welcomes South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma in Khartoum July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

GroundUp: Why South Africa can still withdraw from the International Criminal Court

By GroundUp
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Street Talk: Dating across the colour line (VIDEO)

By Street Talk
Photo: President of Cameroon, Paul Bia attends a press conference at the end of the Paris Summit for Security in Nigeria, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, 17 May 2014. EPA/CHRISTOPHE KARABA

ISS Today: There’s more to Cameroon’s protest than meets the eye

By ISS TODAY
Photo: A handout photo made available by by the Defense Video Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) on 20 February 2017 shows Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, deputy-commanding general, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, speaking to students, staff, and faculty during a visit to U.S. Naval War (NWC) College in Newport, R.I., USA, 22 March 2016. US President Donald J. Trump announced on 20 February 2017 Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster would serve as national security advisor. EPA/Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl / HO Released by CDR Barbara Mertz, Public Affairs Officer, US Naval War College, (401)841-2220, pao@usnwc.edu

US: The new Ringmaster for Trump’s Circus?

By J Brooks Spector
Caption: Immigrants picketed in December 2016 against xenophobic comments reportedly made by Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

GroundUp: Mashaba has incited xenophobia, says immigrants’ spokesperson

By GroundUp

Photo: Vaal River by Tjpytheas via Flickr

Letter to the Editor: A Matter of Mines

By Daily Maverick
Caption: Traditional healer and fortune teller Sekuru Ziso drying grass for prayer offerings. Photo: Ray Mwareya

GroundUp: For R5,000, sangoma will pray for an informal miner’s safety

By GroundUp
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (C) arrives with his staff to present his Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 February 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA.

Pravin’s World: A new moral vision and power play in a time of disorder

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini launches Disability Rights Awareness Month 2016 at Sibonile School for the Visually Impaired in Sedibeng East, Meyerton. South Africa. 03/11/2016. Siyabulela Duda, GCIS

Social Grants: Five minutes to midnight – and Bathabile Dlamini is still holding a gun to SA’s head

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: A picture made available on 21 June 2016 shows workers of the nuclear power plant going through a close into the reactor building in Grafenrheinfeld, Germany, 31 May 2016. The nuclear power plant is currently under decommissioning. The operator of the power plant is planning to finish the demolition to by approximately 2035. EPA/DANIEL KARMANN

Nuclear Deal: Case to stop SA from bankrupting itself begins

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson)

BUDGET 2017: Political uncertainty overshadows tight “transformation” budget

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo by Isabel Sommerfeld via Flickr

SA’s poverty alleviation plans: Almost, but not quite

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo by Ryan Kilkpatrick via Flickr.

Letter to Editor: Transformation of South Africa needs high sense of consciousness for social justice to succeed

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Police officers hold suspects at gun point after they entered mens hostels following xenophobic violence in the area in Actonville, Johannesburg, South Africa, 16 April 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: Xenophobic attacks mask deep fault lines within South African society

By Marius Oosthuizen
Photo: People protested against the South African government’s nuclear deal with Russia in Cape Town on Wednesday. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Court hears why nuclear deal should be stopped

By GroundUp
Photo: South African captain Faf du Plessis (R) celebrates as the team leave the field following their win in the first Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Western Australia Cricket Ground (WACA) in Perth, Australia, 07 November 2016.

Once they were Worriers: Proteas getting to grips with crunch clashes

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South African Rand coins are seen in this photo illustration taken September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Interview: Corporate collusion in the spotlight

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Protesters outside Parliament demanded a pro-poor Budget from Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Gordhan announces 9% boost in social grant spending

By GroundUp
Photo: People queue for social grants in Mdantsane, East London. Photo by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik

GroundUp: SASSA prepares for ‘tough negotiations’ over grant payments

By GroundUp
Photo: South Africans whose homes were destroyed by a fire in November 2015 take refuge in the Masiphumelele community hall, Cape Town, South Africa, 26 January 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

ISS Today: Supporting families is essential for inclusive economic growth in SA

By ISS TODAY
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (C) arrives with his staff to present his Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 February 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Gordhan’s Budget 2017 meets broad approval

By Marianne Merten
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presents his Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 February 2017. The speech outlines the current state of the economy and governments plan going forward.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

2017 Budget Speech

By Pravin Gordhan
Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas, Cape Town, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)

In numbers: Budget 2017

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and President Jacob Zuma during the SADC Organ Troika Meeting at Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, ahead of the 34th Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government Ordinary Summit on Economic Transformation. Zimbabwe . 16/08/2012. Siyabulela Duda (GCIS)

‘Hasty, irrational and unconstitutional’: High Court’s damning verdict on SA’s ICC withdrawal

By Simon Allison
Photo: South African residents of Masiphumelele take part in a protest march along Kommetjie road on their way to the Simonstown Magistrates court to support community leader Lubabalo Vellem, in Cape Town, South Africa, 14 June 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

TRAINSPOTTER: Preview – Reading a Budget in a post-Budget country

By Richard Poplak
Photo: Members of the ruling party African National Congress (ANC) sing and dance during a Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma debate in the Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 10 November 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: We should fear the ANC’s uncontrollable anger

By Belinda Bozzoli
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SA’s Corporatised Liberation: A critical analysis of the ANC in power (Extract)

By Dale T. McKinley
Photo: Lonmin’s Marikana operation at dawn, Sunday May 13, 2013.  North West Province, South Africa. (Photo: Greg Marinovich)

The platinum belt’s rape crisis: Less healthcare, more consequences

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Australia Wallabies’ Dan Vickerman takes part in their Captain’s run in September, 2011. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

It’s the silence that kills us: The sad case of Dan Vickerman

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A South African journalist films riot police taking up position inside Parliament during the opening of Parliament ceremony and State Of The Nation Address (SONA) by President Zuma in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa 09 February 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA/POOL

ISS Today: Military policing of Parliament – what does SA law say?

By ISS TODAY
Photo: Refugees are evicted by police officers from the side of a major road in Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 July 2008.  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Xenophobia rears its head: Gauteng on a knife-edge once more

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: An architect’s impression of the controversial 60m-high apartment and retail building on the edge of Bo-Kaap (in red) which could set a precedent for other massive buildings to follow (in grey). Image courtesy of Rick Brown & Associates

GroundUp: Cape Town residents concerned about ‘development at all costs’ approach

By GroundUp
Photo: South Sudan President Salva Kiir (R) shakes hands with former rebel leader and First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) after a new unity government was sworn-in, Juba, South Sudan, 29 April 2016. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

Kiir & Machar: The men that made South Sudan’s predictable famine

By Simon Allison
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NOT JUST 94: #SayTheirNames

By NOMATTER NDEBELE
Photo: Cardinal Burke at Saint Francies de Sales for Solemn Te Deum and Benediction (Photo by Phil Rousin via Flickr)

Op-Ed: Pope vs Conservatives – when the shepherd wears lace

By Russell Pollitt
Main photo: Air Mercy Services fixed wing aircraft prepares for take-off to take specialist doctors to hard to reach parts of the country.

Spotlight: Fly-by-night tenders

By Spotlight
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Street Talk: My first time (Video)

By Street Talk
Photo: SAPS  Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane. (Photo Leila Dee Dougan for DM Chronicle Digital)

House of Cards: Did SAPS Commissioner Phahlane mislead Parliament?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as financial markets react to a referendum passed in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in New York, New York, USA, 24 June 2016. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Explainer: SA banks in the dogbox, but what does it all mean?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Gauteng Premier David Makhura speaks during the HIII Thematic Meeting on Informal Settlements held at the CSIR Convention centre in Pretoria, 7 April 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Makhura’s SOPA: The Esidimeni Massacre and the need to overcome

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe and his Deputy Jessie Duarte, ANC Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize and ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa observe results at the IEC Results Operations Centre, 8 May 2014. (Photo: GCIC)

Analysis: Temperature rising in the ANC’s pressure cooker

By Stephen Grootes
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SpaceX cargo ship arrives at space station

By AFP

Iraq forces enter IS-held Mosul airport

By AFP

S.Africa struggles to quell anti-immigrant violence

By News24

South Africans must reject Molefe's appointment as MP - SSA

By News24

While you were sleeping: 23rd February 2017

By John Stupart

White House rolls back protections for transgender students

By AFP

US secretary of state in Mexico to calm tensions

By AFP

Iceland president pooh-poohs pineapple-topped pizza

By AFP

Record Taylor ton sees N.Zealand to S.Africa win

By AFP

While you were sleeping: 22nd February 2017

By John Stupart
In case you missed it
Photo by Don Pinnock.

Op-Ed: South Africa opens the door to the sale of wildlife parts

By Don Pinnock
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TRAINSPOTTER: Chronicle of a banking scandal foretold

By Richard Poplak
Photo: Theewaterskloof Dam in June 2016. It has the capacity of almost all the other 13 dams supplying Cape Town’s water combined. Photo: Masixole Feni

GroundUp: This Water Crisis won’t be Cape Town’s last

By GroundUp
Photo: President Jacob Zuma officially opening Medupi Power Station’s commercialised Unit 6. Liphalale, Limpopo. 30/08/2015, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Analysis: Zuma’s Great Gamble

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: President Jacob Zuma welcomed by Eskom CEO Brian Molefe at Eskom headquarters in Megawatt Park, Sunninghill on his monitoring visit to the state owned power utility. 06/05/2016 Kopano Tlape GCIS

Life of Brian: Mexican standoff looms for Zuma over Guptas’ new Cabinet deployee

By Ranjeni Munusamy
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Evita's Free Speech: Ep.78 – Evita on not calling a spade a spade (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: The building, which has a large metal door big enough for a vehicle to drive through, does not have any signage. It is in a rundown shopping complex just off Cindi Street, Atteridgeville. (Photo by Health-e)

Health-e News: Esidimeni’s dead were stored in a pile in a rundown private Atteridgeville mortuary

By HEALTH-E NEWS
Photo: NSFAS Chairman Sizwe Nxasana delivers a statement during a media briefing on the 2016 budget allocations and outline administration processes for additional funding following recent government resolution on historic debt and upfront registration fee for NSFAS students in Johannesburg, 21 June 2016 (Photo: GCIS)

NSFAS: Students claim their future is on hold after fund’s continued failures

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Security officials remove members of the Economic Freedom Fighters during the State Of The Nation Address (SONA) by President Zuma in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa 09 February 2017. EPA/SUMAYA HISHAM / POOL

Exposed: Parliament’s crisis communication plan for SONA2017

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana. (Photo by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) via Flickr)

Would Parliament’s accounting and financial management stand up to scrutiny?

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Children play at Pomona Estate informal settlement in Kempton Park. Photo: Julia Chaskalson

GroundUp: Land Claims Court halts eviction of 2,000 people in Kempton Park

By GroundUp
Caption: The Thembokwezi site in Khayelitsha, where Bongiwe Ninini’s body was dumped after she was murdered. The site, where houses were meant to have been built, has stood empty for eight years. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Bongiwe Ninini’s murder shines a light on inequality

By GroundUp
Photo: This cliff on the West Coast partially collapsed allegedly because of activity at the Tormin mine.

GroundUp: Critical court showdown on mining and environment

By GroundUp
Photo: ANC veteran Mathews Phosa. Photo: Sapa/ Werner Beukes

Op-Ed: This was my Damascus moment

By Mathews Phosa
Photo: Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini and President Jacob Zuma (GCIS)

amaBhungane: Gun still to SA's head, social grants still hostage – SASSA now demands R1.3 billion more

By AMABHUNGANE
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Video: Street Talk – Sugar Babes

By Street Talk
Photo: A general view of the Parliament during a session to debate the president’s State of the Nation Address, Cape Town, South Africa 14 February 2017. A joint sitting of Parliament started debating the president’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) that was delivered on 09 February. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Parliamentary sexism: When is enough ENOUGH?

By Rebecca Davis
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Life Esidimeni: Fears mount over more deaths as toll tops 100

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma (R) receives applause from his party membres following his reply to the debate about his State Of The Nation Address (SONA) in 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

SONA2017 Debate, Day 3: It’s not us, it’s them, stupid

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas (L), Ajay Gupta (R)

Guptas vs Gordhan: Mcebisi Jonas strikes back at Ajay Gupta’s alternative version of history

By Stephen Grootes
Caption: Prison officials are violating the rights of prisoners with impunity, says Sonke Gender Justice in an application to the Constitutional Court. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

GroundUp: Call to give Prisons Inspectorate more powers

By GroundUp
Main Photo: Tuli Block’s elephants are supported by safari operations that give them thousands of liters of water per day. The baby elephant on the lower right is around 3 month old. (Jeffrey Barbee/Alliance Earth.org)

Op-Ed: Elephant-sized mining plans threaten to bring environmental stress to Limpopo Valley

By Jeffrey Barbee
Photo: Misozi Chanthunya (Photo by Times of Malawi)

amaBhungane: Malawian murder suspect surviving in South Africa on court appeals

By AMABHUNGANE
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma replies to the debate about his State Of The Nation Address (SONA) in 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

ISS Today: ‘Regrettable mayhem’ and SONA 2017

By ISS TODAY
Photo: The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, gives a press conference at the federal chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2016. Buhari is on an official visit to Germany. EPA/RAINER JENSEN

The mystery of Nigeria’s holidaymaker-in-chief

By Simon Allison
Photo: Major-General Sandra Malebe-Thema's Linked-in page

House of Cards: SAPS Major-General, a businesswoman, implicated in Life Esidimeni tragedy

By Marianne Thamm
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A member of the Shwe Daung Circus performs during the opening show at People Park in Yangon, Myanmar, 14 February 2017. The Shwe Daung (Golden Peacock) Circus, led by Sarah Schwartz of Germany and Sergio Nguyen of France, has European, African and South American performers and was founded in 2016. 

While you were sleeping: 16th February 2017

By John Stupart
Main Photo: Georgina Goodwin

Female Genital Mutilation: Kenya’s worst-kept secret

By ASHLEIGH HAMILTON
Photo by Fahad via Flickr.

To regulate or deregulate the lighting industry, that is the question

By CHRIS YELLAND & MARK BOTHA
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump waves outside the entrance to the West Wing after seeing off Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (not pictured) following their meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 15 February 2017. This is the first official meeting of the two leaders since President Trump has taken office. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Trump, eugenics, and the historical precedent for his anti-Muslim travel ban

By Steven Robins
Photo: President Jacob Zuma waves at the crowd after arriving at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday, 18 July 2013 to visit former president Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Op-Ed: The Negotiated Settlement is Dead

By Marius Oosthuizen
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma delivers his State Of The Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa 09 February 2017.  EPA/SUMAYA HISHAM / POOL

Op-Ed: SONA2017 President Zuma should have given

By Karen Robertson
Main photo: Holiday homes overlook the Sandy Point Harbour. All photos by Craig Dodds.

GroundUp: Lobster crash erodes West Coast way of life

By GroundUp
Photo: New Southern African Development Community (SADC) Chairperson President Ian Khama during the 35th SADC Summit held in Gaborone, Botswana, 16-18 August 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

Botswana’s bubble bursts as economic decline sets in

By INK
Photo: Residents of Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East protest outside the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong

GroundUp: Marikana settlement – judge must rule whether to compel state to buy, compensate or evict

By GroundUp
Photo: Tibet’s new representative in South Africa, Ngodup Dorjee, works out of a tiny office in Centurion. Picture: Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Long Wait for Freedom: Tibet still hopes for SA government’s support

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Zwelakhe Dala passed away on 30 March 2015. His death certificate just states that he died of natural causes. He was 55 years old and was suffering from silicosis. He worked on the gold mines for 28 years and received no compensation when he got sick from exposure to the silica dust. ‘It is too painful. If my husband was not working on the mines, he would still be alive,’ says his wife, Nosipho. Mrs Dala raised their five children on her own, for the most part. She is now left with no income except for a small pension. Photo by THOM PIERCE, from 'Price of Gold'

Silicosis: Mining companies point to settlement

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Speaker of South Africa Parliament Baleka Mbete reacts during a debate at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 14 February 2017. A joint sitting of Parliament started debating the president’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) that was delivered on 09 February. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

SONA2017 Debate, Day 2: Catcalls, howling, ‘that lot’, parasites, vultures... Just another ‘another day’ in the House.

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Robert McBride is seen at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on Thursday, 30 September 2010 during an appeal by the Citizen newspaper against an award of damages and defamation granted to him. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

House of Cards: Gloves off as head of IPID alleges police minister protects corrupt cops

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma before speaking to members of the Twelve Apostles' Church in Christ at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa, December 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

SONA2017 aftermath: The radical dud and the radical sideshow

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma reacts in parliament Cape Town, South Africa, 14 February 2017.  A joint sitting of Parliament started debating the president’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) that was delivered on 09 February.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

SONA2017 Debate, Day One: Insults, heckling and profanity in the House

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Julius Malema (C), leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, reacts after being thrown out of Parliament during the State Of The Nation Address (SONA) by President Zuma in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa 09 February 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

TRAINSPOTTER: Point of Disorder – Julius Malema sums up his SONA2017

By Richard Poplak
Photo: US Army Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn looks at US President-elect Donald Trump as he talks with the media at Mar-a-Lago estate where Trump attends meetings, in Palm Beach, Florida, US, December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

General Mayhem: Michael Flynn resigns in disgrace; the world scratches its collective head

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and his runnung mate William Ruto (R) chat during a campaign rally held in Nairobi, Kenya, 02 March 2013. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

ISS Today: The AU’s (other) ICC strategy

By ISS TODAY
Photo: A coffin with remains of the Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi on the third day of the funeral wake in Brussels, Belgium, 05 February 2017. Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi died on 01 February 2017 at the age of 84 in Brussels. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

ISS Today: Death becomes a political football in the DRC

By ISS TODAY
Photo: A coffin with remains of the Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi on the third day of the funeral wake in Brussels, Belgium, 05 February 2017. Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi died on 01 February 2017 at the age of 84 in Brussels. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

GroundUp: City of Cape Town asks court to order national government to compensate land owners

By GroundUp
Photo: Police officers remember their own at the South African Police Service Commemoration Day at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, 6 Sep 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

Analysis: South Africa a country of fear, say latest crime perception stats

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Zimbabwe People First (PF) party president Joice Mujuru addresses her first campaign rally in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. EPA/STR

Zimbabwe: ZimPF’s implosion is good news for Tsvangirai

By Simon Allison
Photo of Hillbrow and Braamfontein by Paul Saad via Flickr

Analysis: Mayor Mashaba’s aggressive tactics may alienate friends and embolden opponents

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Then Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates (L) and his wife Melinda (C) stand with Warren Buffett (R), the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, during a press conference where Buffett announced that he is donating $30 billion of his own wealth to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York on Monday 26 June 2006. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Dear Warren, love, Bill: What billionaires talk about when they talk about the poor

By Simon Allison