Conversation with my Niece

This is what I told my niece last night during our sad and intense conversation. She is still young, beautiful, in high schools, smart and intelligent, has now three lovely younger sisters (the youngest stays with her mother) and the two of her younger sisters stay with their grandmother. Continue reading

Nkandla: Zuma responds to SIU & Public Protector Questions

When I finished reading the Special Investigation Unit report into Nkandla last week, I was shocked at President Jacob Zuma’s response to its questions and those of Public Protector’s. Both the President’s responses – unfortunately, and in my view – show disdain with which he treats these institutions. Worse, the responses are disrespectful to us taxpayers who have footed the Nkandla bill to date and will continue to do so until he dies, and even long after had died. Below are detailed questions both the SIU sent to the President for his response. Continue reading



Interesting piece (with questions unanswered too) by Sam Ditshego. And this is not a legal opinion nor is it a criminal law view.

Originally posted on Mayihlome News:

Off the hook on a charge of Murder - Oscar Pistorius

Off the hook on a charge of Murder – Oscar Pistorius

There is a Setswana idiom which says Motho o tshwarwa ka mafoko, kgomo e tshwarwa ka dinaka. This means a person reveals or speaks his/her deep or inner secrets through talking (through his mouth) and when one wants to slaughter a cow/bull, one would handle it by its horns – grabbing the bull by its horns so to speak (For non-Setswana speakers, Motho is a person and kgomo is a cow or bull, mafoko are words and dinaka are horns. Go tshwarwa as in the first phrase means to get caught and in the second phrase it means to be grabbed or handled). It is through speaking that a person can reveal whether or not they are honest and truthful. In a court of law this is done through evidence in chief and cross examination.


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In defence of Vusi Mona’s IQ

Following his response this week that e-tollers should “raise [their] IQ” when seeking assurance that indeed threatening SMSes for payment were from Sanral (failing which their accounts will be dealt with through debt collection?), many have since suggested that its spokesperson, Vusi Mona, should resign. Continue reading

Batswana men not hopelessly romantic

Keletso Thobega has written a very interesting opinion piece on Botswana’s Mmegi newspaper that we, Batswana men, are actually romantic in our own and unique way – and not exactly the western way many women expect of us especially since many of them watch these American and British romance movies (emphasis). Of course many women – especially Batswana women – would likely and are of course expected to disagree with Thobega. But to paraphrase, isn’t romance in the eyes of the romanced? Continue reading

Why ANC’s right not to vacate Tlokwe offices

Following the North Gauteng High Court decision yesterday to dismiss African National Congress’s application to declare unlawful a council meeting in Tlokwe Municipality which resolved to elect Democratic Alliance’s Annette Combrink as a mayor, I commended the provincial government decision to respect the court ruling. Continue reading

Why Malema can’t sue Maile for insulting him

In 2009, former ANCYL President and now Economic Freedom Fighter Chief Convenor, Julius Malema, accused Democratic Alliance leader, Helen Zille, as a “racist and [that she] will remain a racist”. Two years later, he “unreservedly apologise(d)” and “unequivocally retract(ed)  their (his and Floyd Shivambu’s) statements” at Zille last following her R1.4m against the two at Western Cape High Court. Fast-forward to 2013, Malema is said to be going to file a lawsuit against ANCYL Gauteng chairperson, Leboganag Maile, for referring to him as a “drunkard and a womaniser” early this week. Continue reading