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On Zille and the Familiar Distortions of Black History

  Western Cape premier Helen Zille’s claim, and her feeble justifications for it, that South Africa has colonialism to thank for its independent judiciary and transport infrastructure is gravely ignorant about South Africa’s colonial past. Our judicial system is an inheritance of the Dutch and English systems of law. Neither England nor Holland can claim [...]

Ahmed Kathrada on Zuma: “Step Down With Immediate Effect”

  As South Africa braces itself for life without another icon of its liberation struggle, Ahmed “Kathy” Kathrada, who died this morning, there was no starker reminder of our corrupted democracy than President Jacob Zuma’s demand that finance minister Pravin Gordhan return immediately from a trip to the United Kingdom where he was attempting to shore up [...]

Zille’s Tweets and History’s Miasma

  In the departure lounge of OR Tambo (taking a break from complaining about the missing TV remote and milk) Helen Zille, the former leader of South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), and premier of the Western Cape, casually invoked, in a series of tweets, one of the continued liberal myths of colonisation – that [...]