INTERACTIVE: Visualising the web of state capture

The Public Protector’s office released its report into alleged ‘state capture’ of the South African presidency and various state-run enterprises at the end of October 2016. The report was a political and social bombshell that outlined uncomfortably close and ethically (not to mention potentially legally) fraught relationships between our president, Jacob …

Running interference: the fake ‘white monopoly capital’ propaganda community on Twitter

[Update 1: I’ve been accused of being a ‘stooge’ for writing this article. I’d just like to confirm that these are my personal, unpaid writings that have nothing to do with my family. I write in my personal capacity as a proud South African that loves our beautiful, crazy country. …

#FeesMustFall 2016 initial look

Here’s an initial look at about a week’s worth of #FeesMustFall data covering 217k tweets. The discussion has two main halves: “mainstream” and “students and activists“, with the media sitting right between them. It’s interesting to see several distinct student/activist communities forming in this dataset. There is a clear Cape …