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‘Who is Burning the Rome?’

    The 22nd of June 2017 played out predictably. In Johannesburg, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng read out the Constitutional Court’s “secret ballot” judgment with preacher-style emphasis that everyone, from the president to those holding Stop-and-Go signs on roads under construction — which appear the only jobs the current administration can create — is beholden [...]

Race, Necropolitics, and the Rhino

  On the 14th of January last year, the Kruger National Park (KNP) issued a press release to communicate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two suspected rhino poachers in the Napi section of the park the previous day. At least two sets of tourists had spotted “a suspicious man” with a rifle; park authorities [...]

The DA: Who Are You & Where Are You Going?

  Ivor Sarakinsky and Ebrahim Fakir The Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci presciently noted that when societies undergo transition, the interregnum produces a range of “morbid symptoms”. The “Rainbow Nation” as a founding myth of post-political apartheid South Africa has served its purpose and is now for all intents and purposes dead. What will replace it? What can [...]

Inside Apartheid’s Prison

  This is an excerpt from Raymond Suttner’s Inside Apartheid’s Prison (Jacana).  Initially imprisoned for almost 8 years between 1975 and 1983, Suttner was released in 1983, but had to go underground in 1985/6 to avoid arrest.  ‘Surfacing’ after the end of that State of Emergency, he was again detained in the June 1986 State [...]