On Western media’s myopic view of and anachronistic attitude towards Africa

Editor’s Note: This is an edited opinion piece that has seemingly been rejected for publication for reasons unknown to me by two online publications and TIME Online. For two South African online publications, their motive(s) for non-publication is not clear at all to me nor were attempts made to do so. But for the TIME, well, it is probably understandable as the opinion piece criticises its reporting of Africa – the ‘dark’ continent. Were all these publications fair not to publish this (which is of course their right)? You be the judge. Continue reading

Chief Justice Mogoeng live on Advocate for transformation in the judiciary

On Friday night, 14 October, I had the opportunity to listen to the recently appointed South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on SA FM addressing the University of Western Cape. The Chief justice’s address was themed Advocate for transformation in the judiciary. I should add that at first I found the Chief Justice quite lazy that I even wondered if I was going to listen to his address throughout. Continue reading

My Open Letter to Shrien Dewani

Shrien, I am sure by now you know the whole world knows that you are alleged to being the mastermind behind the murder of your wife, Anni, on November 13 2010. Poor Anni. If only she knew when she thought she was coming to this beautiful country for honeymoon that she was going to be killed like a dog. Even dogs are not killed like that anymore. Or at least not where I come from. Continue reading

Media portrayed ‘this election as if they are all about service delivery’?

Just a few hours before last week’s local government elections, I received an inbox message from what seemed like an African National Congress loyalist urging about 171 of his Facebook friends to use our “democratic right” to “vote for the ANC”. The loyalist went even further, bizzarely nogal, to claim that the South African Media had portrayed the election as if it was all about service delivery when, in fact, we should be fighting for “economic freedom”. Really? Continue reading

ANC’s double standard on the unenclosed toilet saga

When the Democratic Alliance-led city of Cape Town was slapped with a Court order over a week ago for its unenclosed toilet saga in the Makhaza informal settlement and being called a “racist political party” by ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu for that – little did we know that an ANC-led municipality in the Free State province had also provided a community with the unenclosed toilets too just as did DA. Continue reading