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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 [...]

Xenophobic Violence Reveals a Crisis in Policing and Leadership

  by Zaheera Jinnah and Alexandra Hiropoulos The ongoing unrest and violence in South Africa’s urban areas and townships emphasises, once again, the breakdown in the rule of law. As has often been the case in post-apartheid South Africa, protests and community anger have been mobilised against the outsider, the black foreigner who is the target [...]