On the state of debates in South Africa

Political analyst, Ralph Mathekga has written an article saying it is almost impossible to have a decent debate in South Africa. Mathekga says the problem lies with the public space being stifled and muddied.

He says even before raising valid points, one is quickly located and classified within a particular camp, either the so-called white monopoly capital influence or the Gupta influence.

If you are someone who has no interest with either side it becomes difficult to strike a debate and discuss substantive issues.

Ralph Mathekga, political analyst

They allocate you time to speak they don't listen.

Ralph Mathekga, political analyst

Mathekga says he wishes conversations could be held without being labeled or accused of belonging to a certain faction. Mathekga asks why must people need to be chastised if and when they hold an unpopular opinion.

He uses Professor Christopher Malikane, adviser to Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba as example. Mathekga says Malikane needs to be engaged on his remarks of radical economic transformation and nationalism instead of being dismissed.

I for one don't agree with him but i respect him.

Ralph Mathekga, political analyst

You can read Mathekga's opinion piece here.

Listen to the full interview in the audio below:

Read More
Enviro expert raises red flag with City's ground water extraction plan

Enviro expert raises red flag with City's ground water extraction plan

The City is trying new ways to access an additional 500 million litres of water per day as it can no longer rely on rainfall.

Hanekom: ANC must be clear on its definition of 'ill-discipline'

Hanekom: ANC must be clear on its definition of 'ill-discipline'

ANC MP and former minister Derek Hanekom reflected on the state of the governing party and the 34th anniversary of the UDF.

[Watch] John Maytham shuts down victim shamer on air

[Watch] John Maytham shuts down victim shamer on air

A caller wanted to know what the alleged victim had done in order for Grace Mugabe to assault her.

Afriforum's Gerrie Nel gives the NPA three months to prosecute Grace Mugabe

Afriforum's Gerrie Nel gives the NPA three months to prosecute Grace Mugabe

AfriForum and its independent prosecution unit will be getting involved in the case of alleged assault of Gabriella Engels.

City of Cape turns to groundwater to try curb its water crisis

City of Cape turns to groundwater to try curb its water crisis

Four areas identified for ground water extraction namely; Silwerstroomstrand, Cape Flats, Cape Peninsula and Hottentots Holland.

The sungazer lizard is under threat of extinction

The sungazer lizard is under threat of extinction

Shivan Parusnath, PhD student at Wits University says the lizards are under threat because there are far too many people.

Popular articles
CoCT 'Water Resilience Plan' to produce 500 million litres of water per day

CoCT 'Water Resilience Plan' to produce 500 million litres of water per day

City of Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille held a media briefing to share the City’s 'Water Resilience Plan' on Thursday.

"I bumped into Anoj Singh and Eskom's Prish Govender at the Hyde Park Hotel"

"I bumped into Anoj Singh and Eskom's Prish Govender at the Hyde Park Hotel"

Sikhonathi Mantshantsha says surely as Anoj Singh is on suspension, he should not be talking to Eskom employees.

Journos walk out of Bathabile Dlamini's briefing after 2 hour wait

Journos walk out of Bathabile Dlamini's briefing after 2 hour wait

EWN's Gia Nicolaides says journalists walked out of the media briefing on social grants after waiting for hours for her to arrive.

Grace Mugabe used normal passport and can't enjoy diplomatic immunity

Grace Mugabe used normal passport and can't enjoy diplomatic immunity

Shadow Minister of International Relations says Mugabe's case should not be debated any further as she can't enjoy any privileges.

Snow turns parts of SA into winter wonderland

Snow turns parts of SA into winter wonderland

Parts of the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Western Cape are covered in snow as a strong cold front sweeps SA.

Grace Mugabe invokes diplomatic immunity as Zim-SA relations get tense

Grace Mugabe invokes diplomatic immunity as Zim-SA relations get tense

Grace is still in South Africa and her husband, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, is due to land in the country this afternoon.