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Mphuthumi Ntabeni

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Mphuthumi Ntabeni lives in Cape Town where he is a political commentator and writer. He writers for the Southern Cross and his book, The Broken River Tent is published by Black Back Book, an imprint of Jacana Books, in early 2018.

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Democracy is not association by nostalgia, race, class, clan or tribe

The failures in our present political system are glaring. Nonetheless, Mphuthumi Nthabeni argues that we hold the lion’s share of the blame, for not taking seriously the power we're given to choose our political leaders.

Root out rot from our institutions

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kiSwahili – not just any other African language

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On our current economy — An open letter to SA President

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The new scramble for Africa: China and the West

Fearmongering seems to be the present modus operandi and the motor force for delivering fake news. Many are finding themselves brainwashed and worshipping at...

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Why public hearings on land must continue

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The depoliticised history of the ANC formation

Tracing the non-romantic and authentic history of the formation of the ANC is not an easy thing to do. But it can be painstakingly done by trawling through newspaper clippings of the black newspapers of the time; from ANC archives; an exercise of intellectual joining of historical dots; and through oral recordings. Dissatisfied with what is on offer, Mphuthumi Ntabeni has decided give it a go, starting by trying to make sense of that history from reading newspaper clips of the era. Follow his journey through time to better understand the politics of South Africa's ruling party.

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