It’s time to take a stand against your own, Mmusi

Nothing good came out of colonialism. It was thoroughly evil. Nothing good came out of apartheid. It was thoroughly wicked. Anyone who tries to qualify these histories of evil is less committed to truth than they are brazen about revealing their bigotry. The logic of those who imagine colonialism was mostly but not wholly evil runs as follows: Sure, colonialism involved the subjugation of people but that subjugation resulted in goodies such as an independent judiciary, transport infrastructure and piped water. This logic is…

Why are we shocked by what we already know about Helen Zille?

The late great African-American poet, Maya Angelou, said: “When someone shows you who they are the first time, believe them.” Has South Africa simply refused to believe Western Cape Premier Helen Zille when she tells us who she is and what she thinks? On Thursday morning, the Twittersphere was set ablaze when Zille published a number of tweets which seemingly implied that colonialism had been good for South Africa. Zille tweeted: “Would we have had a transition into specialised healthcare and medication without colonial…

Ministers kill ‘done but unsigned’ emergency grants deal

A high-powered task team of cabinet ministers has thrown out the deal negotiated between the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) and outsourced provider Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) which was supposed to guarantee the payment of social grants come April 1. After three days of negotiations earlier this month, Sassa and CPS had agreed to a two-year, fixed-price contract, new papers before the Constitutional Court show. But last week a committee headed by minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe “decided that the current…

Three years on and no compensation for Limpopo family whose child ‘died like a dog’

Provincial education departments faced legal claims of up to R1.5‑billion over the past financial year, according to their annual reports. Among the claims, some of which have been carried over from previous financial years, is a R3.1‑million damages claim by the family of the six-year-old who died after he fell into a pit latrine at his Limpopo school. Almost three years have passed since Michael Komape died but the Limpopo education department has not yet settled the matter, instead defending itself against the claim. The…

‘Bluetoothing’: The drug myth that fooled a nation?

Experts have warned that the “bluetoothing” drug fad is not as widespread as media reports have led the public to believe — and warn that those who do try it are risking their lives for a fake high. In late January, photos of Pretoria drug users bluetoothing went viral on social media. As part of bluetoothing, heroin or nyaope users inject themselves with the drug. They then draw blood from themselves and pass the syringe to others who hope to get a high. In East Africa the practice is known as flashblood. Connie van Staden…

Coloured stereotype uproar amplifies calls for publisher transformation

The need for black and coloured-owned book publishers has once again risen after Logogog, a Johannesburg-based book company, was accused of publishing a book that is racist towards coloured people over the weekend. 'Coloured culture' as portrayed in the book Rainbow Nation Navigation. I thought it was satire but this is non-fiction pic.twitter.com/TU56DAV1bf — Deirdre (@KlapperOlieAfro) February 11, 2017 The book, titled Rainbow Nation Navigation Guide, created an uproar on Twitter after a series of excerpts from the book…