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24 March 2017 17:43 (South Africa)
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Festering Indifference: Foster care grant mess has echoes of Sassa crisis

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    Rebecca Davis

    Rebecca Davis studied at Rhodes University and Oxford before working in lexicography at the Oxford English Dictionary. After deciding she’d rather make up words than define them, she returned to South Africa in 2011 to write for the Daily Maverick, which has been a magnificilious decision.  

Photo: Children play on the public play gyms in Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa, 18 March 2017.
Photo: Lonmin employees gather on a hill called Wonderkop at Marikana, August 15, 2012. Photograph Greg Marinovich / Daily Maverick

Marikana Massacre: “He is fine, let him die”

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Minister Blade Nzimande delivering his SoNA speech Debate in parliament, 18/02/2015, Siyasanga Mbambani, DoC

SACP/ANC alliance on shaky ground, thanks to Zupta, Molefe and social grants crisis

By Jillian Green
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 17 March 2017. EPA/CLEMENS BILAN

Health-e News: US Gag Rule to cause more abortion-related deaths


Evita's Free Speech: Ep.82 – Evita celebrates a human right from the left (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: President Zuma speaking to Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini at the National Non-Profit Organisations summit, 15 Aug 2012

Unfunny Democracy: Concourt’s backhanded slap at Zuma and Dlamini

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko (GCIS), Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini (GCIS), the Hawks head Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza (News24)

The Usual Suspects: Ntlemeza, Nhleko, Dlamini – Zuma’s serial legal delinquents

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Second Extraordinary Summit of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9 November 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Analysis: ANC's International Relations Discussion Document – not a guide to what to do next

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: The judiciary led by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke arrive in Parliament for the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town, 11 February 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Op-Ed: How vulnerable is South Africa's judiciary?

Photo: A general view of the Parliament during a session to debate the presdient’s State of the Nation Address, Cape Town, South Africa 14 February 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Zuma’s strength lies in his band of compurgators

By Chris Shone
Photo: A screen grab from SABC feed.

#FeesMustFall: Convention brawling highlights student divisions

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President Jacob Zuma meets with the head of the judiciary, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms Thandi Modise. The meeting of the arms of the state is aimed at further strengthening working relations and co-operation. 03/11/2015, Genadendal, Cape Town, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Analysis: The Great Justice Robbery – it is Zuma’s duty to dispel doubt and suspicion

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Contraceptives smuggled in from Zimbabwe. Photo: Kimberly Mutandiro

GroundUp: Free Zimbabwean contraceptives smuggled for sale in South Africa

By GroundUp
Photo: Minister Jeff Radebe during Cabinet Lekgotla briefing, 22 August 2016 (Photo GCIS).

Governing the country, one Inter-Ministerial Committee at the time

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Celebrity pastor Paseka “Mboro” Motsoeneng prays for  Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Berning Ntlemeza. (eNCA frame)

TRAINSPOTTER: Not Doomed – Ntlemeza, unrepentant and unbreakable, does mega churching

By Richard Poplak
Photo: Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (Greg Nicolson / Daily Maverick)

Social Grants Crisis: Concourt pulls no punches to ensure social grants will be paid on April 1

By Jillian Green
Photo: President Jacob Zuma takes the oath of office administered by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, Saturday May 24, 2014. Elmond Jiyane, GCIS Photo Studio

Heavy is the Head: Zuma and Mogoeng – the Sassa crisis from two perspectives

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane (GCIS)

Analysis: Tom Moyane, Zuma’s kingpin

By Marianne Thamm

Street Talk: Power, strength & dignity, Part 4 (Final Video)

By Street Talk
Photo: A South African woman wearing a T-shirt in support of president Jacob Zuma of African National Congress (ANC) ruling party, hangs clothes on a washing line adjacent to a polluted canal between shack homes in Masiphumelele informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, 07 September 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

GroundUp: CPS wants R4.6bn from Sassa for the next two years

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

amaBhungane: Social grants payment crisis – everything you need to know but were afraid to ask

Photo: Qedani Mahlangu Gauteng MEC for health during the launch of global plan to stop TB 2011 to 2010, 13 October 2010. Picture Nigel Sibanda (SAPA)

Life Esidimeni offered ‘good value for money’, Health Department told in 2015

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Children run past a mural painting of an Aids ribbon at a school in Khutsong Township, 74km west of Johannesburg, August 22, 2011. Members of the Khutsong Youth centre have partnered with Johannesburg’s Department of Health to raise awareness among children on Aids related issues and minimise sexually transmitted diseases through education and sports. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

GroundUp: Court strikes blow against HIV quackery

By GroundUp
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. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Parliament: IFP demands Zuma be investigated for misleading statements on social grants deductions

By Marianne Merten
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Portrait of the Artist as a Guilty Man: Zwelethu Mthethwa a murderer, court rules

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Gengezi Mgidlana (GCIS)

Dear Thembani Mbadlanyana: Leave the right of reply to those whose job is to respond to the media

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi (GCIS)

Parliament adopts SABC interim board names

By News24
Photo: Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini welcomes President Jacob Zuma to the podium, National Disability Rights Summit, 10 Mar 2016 (Photo: GCIS)

Sassa Crisis in Concourt: The Guardians, The People and the Predator State

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: An unemployed builder from Zimbabwe holds a spirit level used in brick laying as he waits on a roadside for work in Cape Town, South Africa, 20 May 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Right of Reply: Immigrants work hard, this fact is not an insult to South Africans

By Gwen Ngwenya
Photo: With digital migration in South Africa, viewers with old TVs will need digital televisions or set top boxes. Photo: TV by J Hill via Flickr

GroundUp: Constitutional Court decision could change TV landscape

By GroundUp