Tag Archives: Steve Biko

Market Forces Propel Schools’ Racism

  Before the hair came the nose stud. One day in 2004, Sunali Pillay wore a nose stud to Durban Girls’ High School as a marker of Hindu culture. When the school stated that this was against its code of conduct, Sunali’s family and the school exchanged legal blows all the way up to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hamba Kahle Madoda

  The holidays are always intent on taking the elders away. While The Con was away on its December hiatus the lights of several of South Africa’s brightest were extinguished. Today, we pay tribute to two of them: the musician and stellar pianist Pat Matshikiza and the historian and writer Jeff Guy. Patrick Vuyo Matshikiza […]