Opinion

Professor Jeremy Seekings.Inequality: Why Isaacs is half right and half wrong

Gilad Isaacs makes valid criticisms of Mike Schussler’s arguments on inequality, but he makes a number of mistakes of his own, writes Jeremy Seekings.

Jul 30, 2014
Jeremy Seekings
Photo courtesy of Equal Education.Long walk to education

Ambition without education is like a boat on dry land. Many young learners in Nqutu, KwaZulu Natal know this well. To make sure they realize their dreams everyday they walk for hours to receive an education that may help them have a brighter future.

Jul 29, 2014
Sandile Ndlovu
Image by Murray Hunter.Arms Deal: seven facts that aren’t going away

A recurring line from those trying to dismiss allegations of corruption in the Arms Deal is: “Show us the evidence.”

Jul 29, 2014
Anine Kriegler
Astonishing cost of Angy Peter trial sheds light on price of justice

After five months of sitting trial, Angy Peter and her husband Isaac Mbadu have yet to receive a verdict. In the process, they’ve racked up over R1.6 million in lawyer fees, according to the Social Justice Coalition (SJC).

Jul 23, 2014
Lara Sokoloff
Masiphumelele township near the affluent suburb of Fish Hoek in Cape Town. Photo by Masixole Feni.Why Mike Schussler is wrong about inequality

Popular economist Mike Schussler’s recently published article distorts the available statistical evidence to buttress a bizarre argument.

Jul 22, 2014
Gilad Isaacs
The Murderer by Edvard Munch (1910). Image from Wikigallery.No one should have to bump into De Kock in the supermarket

A growing number of people, including some surprising names, such as Max du Preez, and others more predictable, such as FW de Klerk, seem to believe that Eugene De Kock, head of the Vlakplaas torture camp and death squad, should be released from prison. Here is why I disagree.

Jul 22, 2014
Brent Meersman
From TAC archive. Photographer unknown. Does anybody remember AIDS?

This week thousands of activists, scientists and government officials will troop to Melbourne, Australia, to participate in the 20th International AIDS Conference.

Jul 21, 2014
Mark Heywood
Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masuthu. Photo from government website.The Difficulty with De Kock

On 10 July 2014 the Minister of Justice, Michael Masutha, conveyed his decision to refuse Eugene de Kock’s application for parole to the public. His decision, although unsurprising, is unusual for having gone against the respective recommendations of the National Council for Correctional Services and the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board, who, in November 2013, recommended that de Dock be released on parole.

Jul 21, 2014
Clare Ballard
Photo by Flickr user The All-Nite Images. (CC BY-SA 2.0).A suggestion for how unions can help alleviate household debt

Official statistics note that South African household borrowings have declined slightly. However, we remain a nation wallowing in debt. And this applies from the government down to the humblest of families.

Jul 21, 2014
Terry Bell
Judge Willie Seriti. Photo from government website.How the Seriti Commission is failing

The Seriti Commission's approach is undermining the public's right to know, explains Kholiswa Tyiki, a journalist and researcher with Right2Know.

Jul 18, 2014
Kholiswa Tyiki

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