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Sol Plaatje at his writing desk taken from his book Native Life in South Africa. Historical Papers Research Archive, University of the Witwatersrand A979 Fca3.

Conversing across a century with thinker, author and politician Sol T Plaatje

The centennial publication of Sol Plaatje's seminal, 'Native Life' is a timely reminder of his estimation of intellectual work, in contrast to the current disparagement of ‘clever blacks’.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-gay bill into law on February 24 2014. Reuters/James Akena

‘Gays the new Jews’: African media homophobia vs Twitter empathy

Consensual same-sex conduct is a crime in 38 African countries. The media in those countries are very much in cahoots with their rulers. But they're getting their comeuppance from Twitter.

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