JUDITH FEBRUARY: The politics of burning & violence in SA
Judith February says there's something fundamentally wrong with the way in which we ‘do politics’ in South Africa if burning is seen as the only language with which one can be heard.
JUDITH FEBRUARY: How uneasily the crown rests for the ANC
Judith February says the ANC seems to be firmly in ‘own goal’ territory.
JUDITH FEBRUARY: Why South Africans need to take The Long View
Judith February says the need to take The Long View does not come easily in a world in need of quick fixes and where 24-hour social media demands immediate solutions.
JUDITH FEBRUARY: The toxic nature of our public discourse
Judith February says as we try to grapple with the myriad of challenges we face in South Africa, we need to also restrain ourselves from the immediacy of the 'quick fix'.
JUDITH FEBRUARY: The ‘c’ word of elections - coalitions
Judith February says if coalition politics is needed, the ANC may well need to find uncomfortable bedfellows such as the EFF.
OPINION: SA has officially entered election mode
Judith February says suddenly politicians are hugging gogos and babies and holding big rallies promising the world.
[OPINION] Mboweni, we need to look beyond the numbers
Judith February says we need to see the nameless and faceless in our society who have been let down by this weak and corrupt state again and again.
[OPINION] Connect the dots from the past to deal with the rot at Eskom
Since 2008 and the new era of rolling blackouts, Judith February says the problems at Eskom have been managed or “spun” in such a way as to avoid general panic. We are probably now at a point of panic.
[OPINION] Sona 2019, a good night for the president
Judith February says that President Ramaphosa's 2019 Sona showed us that he is willing to clearly express what needs to be done to painstakingly rebuild that which has been broken.
[OPINION] Sona 2019: President Ramaphosa must move beyond the platitudes
President Ramaphosa will deliver the annual Sona and face a country weary of corruption and outrageous allegations of state capture which have been a steady, if unpleasant, daily diet for us all.
[OPINION] What do our politicians really stand for?
Judith February wonders whether the politicians making so many promises ahead of the elections truly see what millions of South Africans endure on a daily basis.
[OPINION] Politics in SA can be stranger than fiction
Judith February says we should not be surprised at the revelations coming out of the Zondo commission each day. Yet we are.
[OPINION] The silly season ahead of the 2019 elections
Judith February says the festive season is well and truly over but another silly season is upon us - election season.
[OPINION] Alex Boraine left the world better than he found it
Judith February says Alex Boraine’s loss will leave a deep void in our public life because, in today’s tawdry world, Boraine’s legacy is one of commitment to the things that matter most.
[OPINION] Silence a luxury in these times
As Judith February decries a week in South Africa that has seen load shedding return, Jacob Zuma seeking to have the corruption charges against him quashed and Julius Malema's violent rhetoric, she says that citizens should speak up and defend democracy.
[OPINION] Zuma and Malema's politics of spectacle
Judith February says Julius Malema is a worthy successor to take up Jacob Zuma’s mantle of perfecting the art of spectacle, insult and distraction.
[OPINION] Swift action needed on Political Party Funding Bill
Judith February says while legislation regulating private political donations can never be the panacea for all ills, it’s a crucial first step to creating an environment for transparency and accountability in public life.
[OPINION] The need for silent reflection
Judith February says the speed of our responses to issues in our society often means we abandon facts and research in favour of the emotion of the moment.