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CPLO: Understanding State Capture Mike Pothier, Research Co-ordinator of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) takes a look at the state of our state's State Capture. This was first published as a Briefing Paper by the CPLO. 

- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

History of the ANC: The rise of black intellectualism As part of his series on the true history of the ANC, Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at the life of John Tego Jabavu, one of the leading black intellectuals in South Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth century, and his role in the foundation of the party - a party with a past and present rich in factionalism. 

- Peter John Moses

A new academic year of hope and worry The journey from Grades 1 to 12 is fraught with equal measure of hope and concern. Parents hope for a quality education that will lead to a better life, but there is also concern for the quality of education and whether our politicians, planners and teachers are doing our children justice. But for many, the concern is amplified by their surroundings. For many school-goers, the journey to school is fraught with life-threatening dangers. Peter John Moses shares his hopes and concerns for his children during the new academic year. 

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Pope’s inflight wedding raises questions Headlines and celebrations have surrounded the impromptu wedding ceremony of two flight attendants during a papal flight. The ceremony, officiated by Pope Francis, has, however led to some Catholics asking questions about wedding taking place outside of a church. Russell Pollitt finds out.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Pope in Chile expresses "pain and shame" for clerical sex abuse In his first public speech in the Latin American country of Chile, Pope Francis expressed "pain and shame" for clerical sexual abuse. Pope Francis himself had appointed a bishop in Chile who had allegedly covered up for a priest who had abused minors for decades.

- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Archbishop Makgoba was right The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, called for the recall of President Jacob Zuma and a targeted cabinet reshuffle in his Christmas sermon. This sparked a heated debate on social media. Mphuthumi Ntabeni argues that if the Archbishop had not done so, he would have betrayed the very roots of his calling. 

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Pope in Chile expresses "pain and shame" for clerical sex abuse In his first public speech in the Latin American country of Chile, Pope Francis expressed "pain and shame" for clerical sexual abuse. Pope Francis himself had appointed a bishop in Chile who had allegedly covered up for a priest who had abused minors for decades.

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Syria: most deaths from poor healthcare not bullets CNA's Elise Harris looks at the leading cause of deaths in Syria: a poor healthcare system. 

- Danielle Hoffmeester

Not up for public comment or consumption Are women groomed to accept a culture of harassment solely for the pleasure of men? Danielle Hoffmeester looks at the damaging effects of cat calling.

- Festo Mkenda SJ

Man in the Middle: A Memoir Fr Fidelis Mukonori SJ's memoir gradually reveals the many layers of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, from leaders in exile to women and men on the war front, and to simple villagers who hid and fed those fighting. Festo Mkenda SJ reviews the story of the Jesuit priest who mediated Robert Mugabe's exit in what was one of the biggest moments in Zimbabwe's history,

- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

She’s Gotta Have It - a review The Netflix original series, She's Gotta Have It brings to the fore questions of race, feminism and sexuality in America. Mphuthumi Ntabeni considers whether the series lends itself to constructive and meaningful conversation or whether it's an example of an extreme swing of an entertainment pendulum. 

- Anthony Egan SJ

Uncovering state capture The details of the rise of Jacob Zuma and the related incidences of widespread corruption, and ultimate state capture fill the pages of two South African books, which Anthony Egan believes are both equally essential reading for any South African who wants to stay informed and wants to act.

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