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18 January 2018 15:22 (South Africa)
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Analysis: Will Mamphela Ramphele form the next Cope?

  • Sipho Hlongwane
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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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Life Esidimeni: Official throws Dr Manamela under the bus

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De Lille announces new emergency water rations: 'We have reached a point of no return'

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Former Trump Campaign Manager and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (L) leaves the building after he testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Washington, DC, USA, 16 January 2018. Bannon refused to answer questions from the committee and was served on the spot with a subpoena.

While you were sleeping: 18 January 2018

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File Photo: General view of buildings in the Central Business District of Johannesburg, March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly.

Joburg Housing: ANC councillor held for illegal sale of City-owned property, alleged hijackers appear in court

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Photo: Kouga Dam (Source: Department of Water Affairs)

Eastern Cape Drought: Rapidly overtaking the Cape Town crisis

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Critics claim new ANC SG Magashule wants to cement control in Free State before moving to Luthuli House

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Photo: Richard Mdluli (Bongiwe Gumede/foto 24)

Crime Intelligence: Axing Mdluli will allow cops to ‘release state power’ on crime while new Hawks head sought – Mbalula

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Photo: Small terracotta figurines depicting US President Donald J. Trump (R) and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un are on display in the workshop of pastoral master craftsmen of San Gregorio Armeno in Naples, southern Italy, 14 December 2017. EPA-EFE/CIRO FUSCO

Foreign Relations: SA fails to respond to US request to downgrade relations with North Korea

Photo: File photo of Richard Mdluli (Sapa)

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Caption: Theewaterskloof Dam, facing the back of the Franschhoek Mountains, July 2014 (wet), versus January 2018 (dry). Pictures: Greg Gordon Allafricapix

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Photo: A screen grab of the programme, SABC 3 Real Talk with Anele, which hosted Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini.

SABC confirms payment from Department of Social Development for Bathabile Dlamini interview 'not normal'

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File Photo: Students from Wits University demonstrate on campus during a fourth week of clashes with police forces during protests against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, 10 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Tertiary students unhappy with conditions attached to free higher education

Photo: A screen grab of  the programme,  SABC 3 Real Talk with Anele, which hosted Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini.

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File Photo (2011): Cape Town city at night. Photo: Martie Swart/(Flickr)

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Maria Sharapova of Russia serves against Tatjana Maria of Germany during round one, on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 16 January 2018.

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Photo: Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini (GCIS)

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Photo: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille hosts a media briefing on the city’s Water Resilience Plan on 17 August 2017. Photo: Leila Dougan/Chronicle

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File Photo: Pupils at Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa listen as President Jacob Zuma delivers an address in 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

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File Photo: National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Advocate Shaun Abrahams reacts during a briefing to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services in parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 04 November 2016 EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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