In the US and South Africa, "passing" as another race has a long and painful history. Controversial American Rachel Dolezal's "passing" to justify her identity makes a mockery of such histories.
Afrikaans is very much a black language. The apartheid government's ploy to construct it as a "white language", with a "white history", denied the commonality of the language across race and class.
A captured South African Treasury is bad news for the country's poor but the view that the capture is a natural enemy of the market economy is a myth.
Notorious apartheid spy Craig Williamson's sole interest was in reproducing what he regarded as his birthright – wealth and racial privilege.
Breach of a psychological contract in the workplace can irreparably damage relationships and produce a number of undesirable outcomes.
The treaty to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons has been exceptionally successful. Only nine states have them. Now, efforts are underway to completely rid the world of them.
The road to reconciliation doesn't begin and end with truth commissions or trials. Change must occur at a systemic level, and communities must commit to rebuilding relationships.
The clash over South Africa's Traditional Courts Bill is essentially about custom and constitutionalism. The government is often seen as pandering to traditional leaders' whims.
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille 's Twitter rant about colonialism caused an uproar as it brought back memories of a brutal and violent time in South Africa.
South African struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada believed in non-racialism to his core, even as others around him began to argue for an Africanist approach.
Alie Fataar exemplifies the type of teacher South Africa sorely requires today if its classrooms are to be used to develop a new generation of critical, engaged students.
The economic transformation discussion document released by South Africa's governing party, the ANC, fails to be radical.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court has repeatedly stepped in to protect vulnerable people and to perform what former deputy chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke calls its "transformative role".
The growing incidence of racism on social media in South Africa suggests that there are consequences. Whether there ought to be criminal sanctions remains an ongoing debate.
South African Visual Artist Senzeni Marasela's work creates a tension between the narrations of public wounding and her private one.
Author Miriam Tlali was an intersectional feminist long before this term was coined or its politics made fashionable in South Africa by student movements.
Next year South Africa’s Stellenbosch University will celebrate its centenary. A recent conference to discuss the anniversary has reminded everyone present that knowledge is a fickle mistress.
Society, parents, schools and popular media all perpetuate the myth that girls don't have the brains or ability to be scientists. Of course, that simply isn't true.
South African rugby superstar Joost van der Westhuizen, who has died aged 45, transcended not only the game of rugby but also life itself.
The slow pace of transformation in post apartheid South Africa is a reflection of persisting racism that has infected formal corporate institutions.