IN August 1985 I got arrested and spent a week in prison. That in itself is nothing to write home about - I was just one of thousands of children detained, to their bemusement, for "compromising national security".
Our membership of Brics is pivotal to economic growth, writes Happy Ntshingila
IN his capacity as minister of safety and security, Steve Tshwete was getting tired of crime statistics being trotted out by gender activists to the effect that three women were getting raped in South Africa every minute.
When workers in the car assembly and auto component sector went on a four-week strike not long ago, demanding higher pay, it was to prove to be one of the costliest labour actions in recent times - in more ways than one.
TRUTH, honour and the defence of our constitution must be thicker than patronage and defence of a patron.
POLITICAL immaturity prevails in Floyd Shivambu, pictured, of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). We don't unleash insults when faced with tough questions.
THE fight against piracy of CDs and DVDs will never be won in South Africa as long as the police do not understand the effect this crime has on the economy. They just do not consider it a serious offence.
THE South African Students Congress (Sasco), an ally of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), is on a mission to create no-go zones for Julius Malema and his Economic Freedom Fighters in the run-up to the elections next year.
I THINK it would be wise for the ANC to surrender power, because President Jacob Zuma's ANC has betrayed poor South Africans. The ANC does not respect the law or the people it claims to represent.
IT'S time for Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund to consider adding Orlando Pirates striker Lennox Bacela to his starting XI.
ONE thing we need to think about is what our future will be like when all those who took part in the struggle against apartheid, both here and in exile, are gone.
TO the thousands of matriculants across the country: as you prepare for exams, remember your future depends on your achieving good results.
THE people of Ivory Park in Midrand have always been victims of poor service delivery.
WHEN I voted for the first time, in 1994, I was convinced I had reached the promised land. I was excited about our new democracy. I was informed by one of my lecturers that one of the elements of democracy is getting involved.
THE disgraceful level of sanitation and housing delivery in Gauteng needs to be investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission.
THE Right2Know Campaign welcomes President Jacob Zuma's acknowledgement that the secrecy bill does not pass constitutional muster and his decision to return it to parliament for redrafting.
IT was under former South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani and his cohorts that our beautiful game degenerated.
"THE measure of a country's greatness should be based on how well it cares for its most vulnerable populations."
THERE is something admirable about the Chinese. Something, dare I say, inspirational and moving.
AT the height of the 2009 election campaign, it was anticipated that the ANC would shed votes.
WHAT has become of the glorious SACP? The Reds have gone soft.
BEING a Clever Black is an unenviable proposition. The whites say you are an arrogant bugger with a sense of self-entitlement. The president suggests you are licking white people's asses, right down to the point of trying to do what they do: walking a dog, eating sushi (and other white people's food - whatever that is), and being downright cheeky by asking questions and complaining.
THE international spotlight is on South Africa this week as evidence is gradually being producedthat we have been complicit, though unwittingly, in the terror murder of about 70people and the maiming of nearly 200 in Kenya.
IT was one of those memorably surrealistic moments in the long and tortured history of this country. While 70000 men armed with assegais, machetes, knobkerries and cowhide shields looked on, a tall gangly man spoke and gesticulated with his hands in front of a huge black mock coffin with the words "Barayi & Naidoo: Cosatu is dead" emblazoned on it.
THE world is dominated by fast-changing technological innovations that have made it much easier to communicate.
Playing the race card is the only political tool the ANC has left, writes Mmusi Maimane
THE economic hub of Africa, the great city of Joburg, was plunged into darkness for a few days last week.
THE views expressed in Panyaza Lesufi's article "Time for ANC to get Malema back in", published in a Joburg daily newspaper recently, will, if not challenged and corrected, distort the fundamental principles on which the ANC is built.
A NASTY confrontation is looming between public protector Thuli Madonsela and North West premier Thandi Modise over missing mining royalties in the platinum belt.
A Nigerian friend of mine used to brag to me: "Jesus truly exists. And you know what the evidence of his existence and power is? Nigeria.
THIS is not "a story of hope". This is about Riah Phiyega.
Motsoaledi's crusade against alcohol advertising is incompatible with his intellect and exposure to international trends, writes Fred Khumalo