Tag Archives: Johannesburg

Bongani Madondo’s Sigh: The Real Shit

  Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain That is pouring like an avalanche comin’ down the mountain – Pepper, The Butthole Surfers, Electriclarryland, 1996 eople are equal. Writers, like cooks and singers and dancers and lovers, are not. That’s just how it is. Most writers offer little in […]

A Person Cannot Be Illegal

The Con always celebrates when the smart ones in our extended family get their names on a book cover. At a time when xenophobic attacks appear to be on the rise again in Johannesburg and Durban, we publish an excerpt that examines the violent attacks of 2008 from Richard Pithouse’s recently released collection of essays, Writing […]

More Zen, Less Phobia

    Plan B: More Zen, Less Phobia – Dean Hutton I briefly met Andile Tshabalala on Tuesday on the way to a meeting with Lindiwe Matshikiza to brainstorm ideas on interventions we could create as artists to increase public safety in our communities. We’re calling it Action TBC (to be confirmed). I saw Andile […]

Vumelani Sibeko Is Dead

  “Mommy, he’s trapped,” whispers a wide-eyed little girl, standing on the corner of Malcolm X Blvd and W 122nd St in Harlem, New York. A dreadlocked man, in a torn T-shirt and pants, slowly walks barefoot ahead of the girl, dragging a 25kg iron ball attached to a chain that connects to a pair […]