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9 December 2016 13:40 (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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US actress Emma Stone (L) and Canadian actor Ryan Gosling (R) pose during a hand and footprint ceremony honoring them at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, 07 December 2016. Stone and Gosling star in the upcoming movie 'La La Land'.

While you were sleeping: 9 December 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng. (SAPA)

SABC inquiry: Who’s Hlaudi’s Godfather, members ask witnesses

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Ambassador Patrick Gaspard bids farewell to friends at Hill House, 7th December 2016. (Photo: US Embassy)

Smooth Operator: Gaspard leaves South Africa as he came – carrying Obama’s ‘Hope’

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: President Jacob Zuma receives the President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu during his State Visit to South Africa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, 8 Dec 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Nuclear Deal(s): What Zambia can learn from South Africa

By Simon Allison
Photo of FeesMustFall protest by Greg Nicolson.

Playing into the Hands of the Securocrats: A response to Adam Habib

By Jane Duncan
Photo: Durham Jets' Keaton Jennings plays a shot during the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston, Birmingham. (BackPagePix)

Onside/Offside: Keaton Jennings joins exclusive club, Boks the biggest ranking losers

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Jacob Zuma, then the newly elected leader of South Africa’s ANC, dances a traditional Zulu dance during a low-key marriage ceremony in front of his fourth wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli, in his KwaZulu-Natal homeland January 5, 2008. REUTERS/STRINGER

Op-Ed: South Africa’s traditional leadership proposal, the TKLB, is desperate and dangerous

Arsenal's Lucas Perez, left, scores a goal during an UEFA Champions League Group stage Group A soccer match between FC Basel 1893 and Arsenal FC at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, 06 December 2016.

While you were sleeping: 8 December 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Jacob Zuma, Hlaudi Motoeneng, Nathi Nhleko, Berning Ntlemeza.

Follow My Leader: Nhleko, Motsoeneng and SABC ‘board’ disrespect Parliament, Zuma-style

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Mama Maki Tsiane

Op-Ed: A tribute to Maki Tsiane

By Section 27
Photo: Supporters of the Save South Africa movement listen to speeches in St Albans Church in Tshwane, 2 November 2016. (Greg Nicolson)

Analysis: Saving seems to be the hardest word

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim speaks to reporters after a meeting of the trade union’s central committee in Johannesburg, Thursday, 18 August 2011. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Numsa to push new party at national congress

By Greg Nicolson
Photo by Gavin Fordham via Flickr.

Op-Ed: The Potemkin Village that is the IRP2016

By Dirk de Vos
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: ANC ‘self-correction’, self-examination and rebuilding democracy

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada and Cyril Ramaphosa at Madiba's home in Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, August 20th, 2009.

Channelling Mandela: Ramaphosa and Kathrada’s truths of our time

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: General Berning Ntlemeza (Lucky Nxumalo for Netwerk24)

House of Cards: General Ntlemeza – the Hawks head, a one-man wrecking ball

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Nkaneng, Marikana, North West. South Africa. Police had running battles with residents of Nkaneng shantytown after the police disarmed about 100 miners a day after Lonmon offerred striking miners a R960 increase. Burning and rock barricades were then set up in the township and police shot at, teargassed and also arrested some 14 residents. Many of the injured were women. (Photo Branko Brkic/Daily Maverick)

Marikana: Sikhale Sonke withdraws from Lonmin mediations

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Allister Coetzee, coach of South Africa during the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship South Africa Team Announcement at Kashmir Restaurant, Umhlanga, South Africa on 06 October 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The Paper Round: The trials and tribulations of Allister Coetzee, redux

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Albert Nzula Hospital in Trompsburg. Photo: Christopher Clarke

GroundUp: Free State’s R380-million ghost hospital

By GroundUp
Main photo: National Youth Orchestra at the Moses Mabhida Stadium (Photo by Xavier Vahed)

Op-Ed: The orchestra is in our blood

By Sophia Welz
Photo: South African Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga (Bea Uhart for Education International via Flickr)

SECTION27: Department continues to fail children with disabilities

By Section 27
Photo: Former South Africa National Defence Force chief Siphiwe Nyanda looks on, before being sworn in as communications minister by President Jacob Zuma, at the presidential guest house in Pretoria, May 11, 2009. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Former MK general Siphiwe Nyanda: ANC ill, but not terminally

By News24
Photo: Julius Malema, then leader of the ruling African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), is welcomed by Zimbabwean President Robet Mugabe at State House in Harare, April 5, 2010. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

EFF to Mugabe: Political power shouldn’t be taken to the grave

By News24
Photo: President Jacob Zuma attends the SABC/The New Age Business breakfast held at the Grand West Casino Complex in Cape Town. 10/02/2012. (GCIS)

South Africa in 2017: Adrift, with rapids approaching

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: A ‘Family photograph’ taken at the AU Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 14 June 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Developing nations the ‘world’s net creditors’

By Greg Nicolson

Theatre Review: Cirque Éloize iD – almost too much to watch

By Lesley Stones
Photo: Justin Geduld of South Africa (r) and Cheslin Kolbe (l) during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Sevens Rugby Bronze Medal match between South Africa and Japan in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 11 August 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Rugby: Four things the Blitzboks can teach the embattled Springboks

By Antoinette Muller
Main photo: The lost mariners – Anthony Murray, Reginald “Reg” Robertson, Jaryd Payne.

Bigger Than The Weather II: The corporate cover-up goes deeper

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: A man cooks dinner on an illicit diamond dig in Namaqualand. (Shaun Swingler)

GroundUp: Ekapa and Zama-Zamas fight over mining rights

By GroundUp