Always Another Intoxicating Sentence: A Review of Sisonke Msimang’s Memoir

  It is the beginning of a new month. Ladysmith, a small town in Northern KwaZulu Natal is normally abuzz. Pensioners adorned in intricately printed pinafores and muddied brown suits animate long queues as they wait to collect their SASSA cheques. Children, who should be at school, pepper the credit lines snaking in and out [...]

Frantz Fanon, Psychiatry and Politics

  An excerpt from the Introduction to Frantz Fanon, Psychiatry and Politics (Wits University Press) by Nigel C. Gibson and Roberto Beneduce   1952 to 1961: in the space of less than ten years, Frantz Fanon defended his medical thesis in France, took up his post as a psychiatrist at Blida-Joinville Hospital in Algeria, wrote three books, [...]

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 [...]

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