Tag Archives: ANC

Always Another Intoxicating Sentence: A Review of Sisonke Msimang’s Memoir

  It is the beginning of a new month. Ladysmith, a small town in Northern KwaZulu Natal is normally abuzz. Pensioners adorned in intricately printed pinafores and muddied brown suits animate long queues as they wait to collect their SASSA cheques. Children, who should be at school, pepper the credit lines snaking in and out [...]

Mining The Many Faces of Cyril Ramaphosa

  “Apartheid was baked hard in the mining industry, because that’s where it originated”- Cyril Ramaphosa   Ramaphosa and Marikana “An injury to one worker, is an injury to all,” Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa roared from the stage from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Central Committee meeting In Pretoria, at the end [...]

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 [...]