Tag Archives: Steve Biko

The Amnesiac Leaders of the ‘Neverlution’

  As South African universities ready for the new academic year — and potentially renewed conflict between students and university managements and government – Himal Ramji questions the narrow authoritarianism creeping into the Fees Must Fall movement    The beginning of 2016 saw growing ferment at South African universities. By October, universities across the country had shut down. Re-opening dates [...]

Remembering a Quiet Son of the Struggle

January 18 marks the birthday of the late Jakes Gerwel — an academic, intellectual, activist and non-racialist — who as vice-chancellor of the University of the Western Cape proved  a thorn in side of apartheid before going on to serve his country as director-general to South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. A man who his friend, the poet Antjie [...]

So Over The Rainbow, Rugby & Reconciliation

  By Fezokuhle Mthonti and Ntombizikhona Valela There is a popular refrain that can be heard in the recent student movements across the country: “Sixole kanjani?” It is an invocation of words that were said all too often by black people during apartheid. “How can we possibly forgive this?” “How can we possibly move past [...]