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Why the Mala Mala Case Should Compel us to a Second CODESA…and Fast

One billion rand is a big fat sum of money. No wonder some South Africans are seething at the news that the state has reportedly offered to pay the white land owners of Mala Mala Private Game Reserve, the Rattrays, this amount for an out-of-court settlement to a restitution claim brought by the dispossessed Mhlanganisweni […]

Can Peter Pan Politics Save the Lost Boys (and Girls)?

COMMENT The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is the first formidable post-apartheid ‘youth-driven’ formation to challenge the ANC’s hegemonic symbolism as the custodian of black people’s liberation. But unlike the Congress of the People (Cope) and Agang, none of the EFF’s front men drawing crowds of red berets have genuine pre-1994 struggle credentials to add legitimacy […]

Mischief in ’68: The Year of the Monkey

In Buddhist astrology the spirit of the monkey is infused with wit, quick-thinking, strategic nous and a taste for making mischief. And 1968, the year of global rebellion in the Year of the Monkey, was marked by a much deeper sense of mischief than that performed by barricades and Molotov cocktails. It was also a […]