Sunday Independent

Sunday Independent


The Sunday Independent is a weekly English-language newspaper. The Sunday Independent focuses on daily national, local and international national news and analysis. Its leader and opinion page offers a platform for readers to submit their views on topical news.

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‘my unorthodox life’ ruffles feathers while rousing curiosity

Debashine Thangevelo debashine.thangevelo@inl.co.za A reality TV show can be a hit or a miss, depending on what the viewer is looking to take away from it. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (KUWTK) sold beauty, entrepreneurship, fame and success as a glamorous family unit. And for 20 glorious seasons, viewers lapped up every melodramatic moment as the royal family of reality TV navigated their way through triumphs and failures in their personal and professional lives. Scandals were a double-edged sword. It made them more popular but also easy targets. I loved that it also explored their Armenian roots along the way. The exposure to different cultures, especially in the lives of the rich and famous, have manifested in a plethora of offerings including The Real Housewives franchise, Bling Empire, Selling Sunsets,…

3 Min
israel settlements are war crimes, says un special rapporteur

MICHAEL Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), has made damning findings on Israel’s illegal settlements. In his report earlier to the UN Human Rights Council this month, he made a strong case for the settlements to be classified as war crimes. Lynk asserted that the settlements are a violation of the absolute prohibition against “settler implantation” and insisted that UN member states not ignore Israeli transgressions. For Israel as an occupying power to transfer its own population to the OPT, is not only defiance of international laws, it prejudices Palestinians who are confronted with brutalities, including ethnic cleansing, at the hands of settlers. The injustices flowing from implantation of settlements are reprehensible, immoral and senseless. Yet despite these obvious deviations of civilised…

2 Min
rapping farmer a climate activist

Chad Williams Chad.Williams@africannewsagency.com WEST Africa has been identified as a climate-change hot spot, with climate change expected to lessen crop yields and production and impact food security, says the UN. Largely dependent on rain-fed agriculture, the Sahel is regularly hit by droughts and floods have led to conflicts between crop farmers and cattle herders over the past few years. Who better to talk about the issues facing farmers in West Africa than a farmer himself? Meet Art Melody, a farmer-turned rapper from Burkina Faso. During the day, he works the land that feeds him and by night, he raps about the adverse effects of climate change. The rapper who works on his farm on the outskirts of Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, hopes to inspire the younger generation and give them…

4 Min
time to consider ‘reconstruction and development of the soul’ the demon of racism

“WE must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King, Jr’s words came to mind when I saw the damage done to people’s lives in Phoenix in particular. In Phoenix, we are not counting the damage of property and burnt buildings during looting but the damage of racism and hatred that erupted in the name of protecting property. Black African brothers and sisters were shot and clubbed to death, just because they were walking around the area at the time the looting was taking place. Indeed, what happened was not only in Phoenix and Chatsworth but even in Lotus Park. It was evidence of the back-seated tension that has not been spoken about openly, for fear that it would raise tension. Historically, we know…

3 Min
communication on national crisis gets lost in translation

Manyane Manyane manyane.manyane@inl.co.za Government officials are not singing from the same hymn sheet on the root cause of the violent scenes that played out in the country over the past two weeks. This follows the demonstrations calling for former president Jacob Zuma to be released from prison morphing into civil unrest, largely taking the shape of rampant looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. President Cyril Ramaphosa initially pointed to the state of chaos as being driven by ethnic mobilisation and later described it as a “failed insurrection”. However, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula disagreed, saying the military had no evidence to that effect. Meanwhile, State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said her department had compiled a dossier warning of the unrest, and handed it over to the Police Ministry. But…

2 Min
no one should touch the beloved “rammy”

What is more worrying about our society and how it reacts to continued government blunders is the tendency to miss the mark – deliberately. Again and again, the public chooses to accommodate incompetence, provided it is due to a sweetheart of the moment. It is convenient to assert that the politicians are no longer trying very hard to fool the public, but themselves choose to be foolish. A case in point is when so-called analysts and alert citizens suddenly do not know why there were violent shootings and protests recently in our country. Do we all not know that every now and then there are xenophobic attacks which target businesses owned by alleged foreigners? These protests are usually excused as “poor people” venting their frustrations, but when they gain strength…