Welcoming the Alien Spirits into Zimbabwe

  Last week, as Zimbabweans celebrated the military backed process which set in motion the end of  Robert Mugabe’s rule,  a cautionary statement came from Everjoice Win, an astute Zimbabwean feminist and activist; in a pithy distillation of Shona folklore, the feminist wrote on Twitter, “musapururudzire shavi muchiti mudzimu,”  which the rough translation of this [...]

SA’s Ill Hurt by Public Health Cuts

  Vuyo Aaron Ngqondwana was one of the hundreds of psychiatric patients moved out of Life Esidimeni in callous cost-cutting measures by the Gauteng Department of Health. He was moved to the Cullinan Care and Rehabilitation Centre, where he died months later. An autopsy found a large plastic sheet in Vuyo’s stomach. He died of [...]

The koppie in Marikana which served as a focal point for the 2012 protests which resulted in the massacre of 34 miners on the 16th of August, 2012. Picture: Daylin Paul 2017

Sisonke Msimang: Why I Write

An extract from Sisonke Msimang’s memoir “Always Another Country”  On 16 August 2012, in a small town called Marikana in South Africa’s dry, rusty platinum belt, the South African Police Service opened fire on a crowd of striking mineworkers. We were in America when this happened. I watched the video footage online in horror. Thirty-four [...]

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