Tag Archives: Violence

Jeppe on a Friday Night

  It’s no surprise the presence of journalists changes a situation. The press not only provides an audience for acts of violence, but also an impetus for it. This is most often evidenced in situations where a pack of media wolves descends on a moment of news significance. At Jeppe hostel in Johannesburg last Friday […]

No Longer at Ease

  Celebrating its 40-year existence, this year the African Literature Association (ALA) held its annual conference at the University of the Witwatersrand from April 9-13 under the theme, “Texts, modes and repertoires of living in and beyond the shadows of apartheid”. The association is one of the few institutions that primarily focuses on literature of […]

Platinum Strike: Who Oppresses Whom?

  “Some say they are fighting for economic freedom – who is oppressing them economically? Who do they want economic freedom from?” South African President Jacob Zuma uttered these words in October last year. He was addressing a crowd of 500 people at the Mdantsane’s Nonzwakazi Primary School in the Eastern Cape. Naturally, his disingenuous diss was […]