Yonelo Diko’s article on The Enduring Curiosity About Black Manhood raises some interesting points about the reason so many black people feel uncomfortable about the film Inxeba. But his argument rests on an assumption about masculinity that is exactly what the film seeks to question, proving that discomfort is no reason to shut down debate. The role of artists is to provoke, to make us question our culture and become more mindful of what our customs do to people. By ALISTAIR MACKAY.
Op-Ed: Moerane inquiry hears litany of claims of intimidation, torture, tampering with evidence by police – all denied
On 21 February, the Moerane Commission of Inquiry into KwaZulu-Natal’s political killings presented six members of the SAPS provincial management with Exhibit DD – 31 pages of allegations against its members made by those who had testified prior to 16 August 2017. Since then, the police have been legally represented at the commission. In line with its terms of reference, the commission provided the police with an opportunity to respond, but what followed was a depressing parade of denials, obfuscation and lies as senior law enforcement sought to deflect the heat and perjured themselves in the process. By VANESSA BURGER.
Parliament is considering amendments to legislation that will give more powers to the Auditor-General. This is to be welcomed after the Auditor-General reported more than R45-billion of state funds lost last year on irregular and unauthorised expenditure by organs of state and State-owned Enterprises (of which only five out of 19 obtained clean audits). By Mike Law for NOTES FROM THE HOUSE.