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Farlam Commission: Police Boot Needs Examining

The Marikana commission of inquiry’s terms of reference are wide; too wide for retired judge Ian Farlam to complete his inquiry in the four months he was initially given. With respect to the police, Farlam must investigate the nature, application and extent of standing orders, policy and other relevant legislation that gave rise to the [...]

Marikana judgment: When Justice is on the Run

Judge Takalani Raulinga’s judgment, in which he dismissed an application from the lawyers of the arrested and injured Marikana miners seeking financial aid from government, was preceded by a sideshow. Julius Malema and his-red bereted compadres, including his right-hand man Floyd Shivambu, joined in some toyi-toying outside North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, causing a slight [...]

Why the Left Has Failed to Capitalise on Post-Marikana Massacre Cracks in the ANC Hegemony

    The collective left has failed to capitalise on post-Marikana massacre cracks in the ANC hegemony – even as disaffection in the mining sector continues unabated, opined director of the University of KwaZulu-Natal-based Centre for Civil Society Patrick Bond. In a paper entitled Marikana’s meanings: South Africa’s platinum crisis, Bond writes that in the period [...]

To Shear or Not to Shear: How the SA Sheep Shearing Championships Unravelled

A dispute over prize money led to the last-minute cancellation of the South African national sheep shearing championships. The Con was there to find out what happened. The stage had been set, the sheep had been transported from their farms and loaded into pens and the crowds had started to gather. But with just hours to [...]