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The Poets of the Black Consciousness Era

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Steve Biko, leader of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa. Mwelela Cele looks at the role this movement played in shaping South Africa’s literary history. It all began with the Sharpeville massacre of 21 March 1960 when white police gunned down unarmed black demonstrators: […]

Being Human After 1492

  the ghost arm of history/still throttling me – Safiya Sinclair, “Notes on the State of Virginia, II”, Cannibal, 2016 n 2 January 1492, Muhammad XII of Granada conceded defeat to Isabella and Ferdinand, the Catholic monarchs of Portugal and Spain. His surrender came after ten years of war and marked the end of almost […]

Trump: What Wikileaks Hath Wrought

  Given my druthers, I’d like to fashion a striking white robe and a pointed hat, mask included, for Julian Assange. I’m sure that somewhere in the linen closet of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London there must be a spanking white sheet and a spare pillowcase, of an equally white hue, that can be put […]

‘Kill a Jew’ for the Student Movement?

  Anti-Semitic sentiments at Wits University appear to be more widespread than initially thought after explicit and violent graffiti appeared on campus this week. While the Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) has condemned this incident and assured the media that Jewish students have no reason to fear for their safety, their statement is more than […]