Tag Archives: Politics

Fear and Loathing in the ANC

A year after the African National Congress held its national conference in Mangaung, which returned president Jacob Zuma to its top position, The Con republishes a two-piece special that examines the Fear and Loathing in South African politics which first appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. Part two will be published on Monday. All photographs: Oupa […]

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 […]