Tag Archives: ANC

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 [...]

On Zille and the Familiar Distortions of Black History

  Western Cape premier Helen Zille’s claim, and her feeble justifications for it, that South Africa has colonialism to thank for its independent judiciary and transport infrastructure is gravely ignorant about South Africa’s colonial past. Our judicial system is an inheritance of the Dutch and English systems of law. Neither England nor Holland can claim [...]

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 [...]

A Deadening Democracy: From Polokwane to #Sona2017

The events inside and around parliament on February 9 — the violent ejecting of opposition Economic Freedom Fighters from the legislature, the pepper-spraying of guests in the public gallery, the repression of journalists, the deployment of the army on the streets of Cape Town, the thuggish behaviour of ANC MPs —  should not have surprised [...]