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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 [...]

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 [...]