Apartheid was to officially end in 1994. So was the fashion of wearing hats as the formalities of business, church and leisure gave way to the informality of urban equality.
In the new introduction to his prison memoir South African anti-apartheid stalwart Raymond Suttner uses the word 'betrayal' to explain his break from the ANC.
The internal processes of South Africa's ruling ANC for electing the president is distorted by money, patronage, factionalism and vote-rigging. It negates the democratic legitimacy the party claims.
For a military battle whose outcome is still hotly contested 30 years later, the impact was so remarkably clear -- independence for Namibia, peace for Angola and the death knell for apartheid.
The best sort of life would include both happiness and meaningfulness. Although one sometimes has to choose between these two values, one ought to strive for a life in which there's plenty of both.
The promise of Easter, which Christians around the world celebrate, can be likened to the new struggle in South Africa for a new leadership and government that cares about the people.
The name of ANC struggle hero Chris Hani, who was assassinated in 1993, is regularly invoked to win political arguments in South Africa.
The notion of South African exceptionalism runs deep. Many people in the country believe that in some cases they are superior to the rest of the continent.
Generational rebellion is an enduring feature of all societies. Indeed, it is the dynamic through which societies renew themselves and move forward.
Amed Kathrada's legacy can be used as an example for a good life. South Africans will miss his unwavering courage to speak out on matters of national interest.
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.
For Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to invite black South Africans, in a casual manner, to differentiate the legacies of colonialism is asking a lot.
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".
South African rugby superstar Joost van der Westhuizen, who has died aged 45, transcended not only the game of rugby but also life itself.
South Africa's decision to leave the ICC suggests that its foreign policy is caught in a dilemma between lofty ideas, an unsettled identity crisis, and shifting priorities in a complex world.
In a gloomy year filled, a number of artists with an Afrofuturist perspective gave hope with inspired works of art.
The making of South Africa's Constitution took six long years. Now, 20 years later, the process of drawing up this revered document is being tainted with myth making.
South Africa has made remarkable progress in redressing its historically and mainly race based deprivations but a lot still needs to be done.
Spending time in prison for one's political beliefs can be incredibly challenging. Those convictions can help you to survive those times.
South African universities are aflame as student protests for free education turn violent. But, would a non-violent approach, as preached by Martin Luther King, be more effective in their cause?