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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 [...]

Here we go again…

  By James Oatway “Here we go again.” That dreaded phrase… It’s Monday night and I’m in Jeppestown. I’m standing in a street surrounded by filth, staring at “Wolhuter Native Men’s Hostel”. I’m watching police fire rubber bullets at the residents. The complex is better known as “Jeppe Hostel”. The word “Native” has been painted over but [...]

The Amnesiac Leaders of the ‘Neverlution’

  As South African universities ready for the new academic year — and potentially renewed conflict between students and university managements and government – Himal Ramji questions the narrow authoritarianism creeping into the Fees Must Fall movement    The beginning of 2016 saw growing ferment at South African universities. By October, universities across the country had shut down. Re-opening dates [...]

The Infrastructure of Assent: Professions in the Age of Trumpism

  “Celebrating the mission civilisatrice in Morocco, he praised the instruction, loyalty, and justice brought by the French, as well as the network of roads and the cities they had built—all “signs of civilization.” These achievements, he argued, had created an atmosphere of admiration, enthusiasm, and respect among the Arabs.” — Zeynep Çelik, Le Corbusier, Orientalism, [...]