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Child Porn, Teenage Sex and Sugar Daddies: An Interview With Petronella Tshuma

  Of Good Report, a film by Jahmil XT Qubeka, was banned by the South African Film and Publications Board (FPB), which labelled it as “child pornography” on 18 July 2013, just as it was due to open the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). Nine days later, an appeals board overturned the ruling and classified [...]

Marikana judgment: When Justice is on the Run

Judge Takalani Raulinga’s judgment, in which he dismissed an application from the lawyers of the arrested and injured Marikana miners seeking financial aid from government, was preceded by a sideshow. Julius Malema and his-red bereted compadres, including his right-hand man Floyd Shivambu, joined in some toyi-toying outside North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, causing a slight [...]

A Nation of Little Girls

On July 18, the Film and Publication Board’s refusal to classify the would-be opening film of the Durban International Film Festival, Jahmil XT Qubeka’s Of Good Report, became the flint that sparked the latest South African aesthetic controversy. Unclassified films are illegal to screen, which equates to a functional ban on the production. The ruling [...]

Censors Ban South African Film for ‘Child Porn’

It was a piece of theatre, rather than a film that opened the 38th Durban International Film Festival (Diff) on Thursday night. Jahmil XT Qubeka, the director of Of Good Report, ostensibly the festival’s opening night film, was on stage, his mouth taped over. He then proceeded to burn his identity book in protest. His [...]

The People Shall Govern… Even Pregnant Teens

Last week the Constitutional Court ruled that the pregnancy policies of two schools in the Free State were exclusionary and unconstitutional but that the province’s head of department for basic education did not have the power to instruct its principals to ignore policy made by those school governing bodies – even if he or she [...]