Screenshot of DA Leader Helen Zille’s Twitter feed.Dalindyebo, the DA's kingmaker

In the Eastern Cape, the Democratic Alliance is in bed with a despot convicted of homicide, attempted murder, kidnapping, arson and a range of other heinous crimes. Mandy de Waal asks whether the opposition is wise to hug a tyrant close to its breast, in the hope of defeating the ANC.

Apr 22, 2014
Mandy de Waal
Photo by Dustin Kramer.Khayelitsha cops: “We are the whipping boys”

While the Marikana hearings drift through the doldrums in Rustenberg, at Khayelitsha’s Lookout Hill another commission into police failings is cautiously gathering momentum. The O’Regan-Pikoli Commission of Inquiry is a timely and consolatory reminder of the judicial efficiency South Africa is capable of.

Apr 22, 2014
Richard Conyngham
COSATU schisms make for a rocky road

We are in the midst of all the usual fanfare, the pledges, promises, rows and contradictions that accompany any run-up to a major election. But the scheduled national poll on 7 May seems to be beset by more bickering, bitterness and fragmentation than normal — and this is a clear portent for the future.

Apr 22, 2014
Terry Bell
What’s that you say ... human-whats?

Nearly two decades into our democracy, for most people living in South Africa our Constitution might as well be written in Latin, because it is more than likely that they have never read it.

Apr 17, 2014
Tim Fish Hodgson and Tawana Nharingo
Cape Town Pride parade. Photo by Odette Fouche.Where to for Cape Town Pride?

At a meeting on 12 April convened by Ikasi Pride, members of a divided gay and lesbian community discussed the future of gay pride in the city, its steady depoliticisation, its lack of community outreach and its image problem.

Apr 15, 2014
Brent Meersman
School children at Imperial Primary School in Eastridge, Mitchell's Plain.  Photo by Henry Trotter under CC ASA 2.5.A year of compulsory community service for new teachers?

On April Fool’s day, GroundUp published a story which claimed that government had made it compulsory for teacher graduates to provide their services in non-model C government schools for one year.

Apr 15, 2014
Joshua Maserow
Luyanda Mangali. Photo by Luyanda Mangali.Musos keep their ballots secret

With parties in full swing out campaigning, some will hire artists and bands to perform at election rallies. GroundUp asked some performers how they will vote, but most wouldn’t disclose, out of fear of being sidelined on various platforms, losing their funding or alienating their audience.

Apr 14, 2014
Dumisani Dabadini
Terry Bell.Still seeking fairness on the farms

Farm employer organisation AgriSA last week met with trade union representatives in an effort to strike a deal to allow unionisation on farms — and especially in the winelands of the Western Cape. “Most farmers still will not allow union representatives onto their properties,” says Federation of Unions (Fedusa) general secretary Dennis George.

Apr 14, 2014
Terry Bell
Kiernan Forbes, whose stage name is AKA. Photo by Blaque Magazine.Big year for Aka and Da L.E.S

Since partnering up with Da L.E.S, Kiernan Forbes, whose stage name is AKA, has been headlining more gigs now than ever before, not only for his strikingly unconventional Kanye-esqe style and entourage, but mainly for his lyrics.

Apr 9, 2014
Zethu Gqola
Photograph of Khayelitsha.Kramer has it wrong says City

Paul Boughey, chief of staff to the executive mayor of Cape Town, takes issue with Dustin Kramer's article on GroundUp.

Apr 9, 2014
Paul Boughey