South African National Defence Force soldiers in Mitchells Plain on the Cape Flats, Cape Town.
Using the military continuously in internal roles for which it is not structured, funded or trained simply speeds up its decline.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma recanted his decision to walk out of the Zondo Commission.
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The dilemma for Zuma and his legal team is this: by putting him on the witness stand, there is a risk that he would be found wanting, especially in terms of the detail of any matter.
Harold Wolpe showed how poor rural areas subsidised low wages of migrant workers’ wages.
During the apartheid period in South Africa – 1948 to 1994 – a lively intellectual culture of opposition emerged on some of the country’s university campuses and within the broader anti-apartheid movement…
What should be done to ensure that the SDGs actually change countries' development trajectories? Here are four practical steps.
Traditional leaders listen to a speech by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s in Makhanda, Eastern Cape.
The contested law also defines the jurisdiction of traditional leaders in terms of territory. But traditional community boundaries are actually set by personal relationships.
Corbyn: switching social mobility for social justice.
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A former member of the Social Mobility Commission on Jeremy Corbyn's plan to drop social mobility as a policy goal in favour of social justice.
Botswana’s LGBTI community is celebrating the decriminalisation of gay sex.
By placing less emphasis on public opinion, and questioning public morality as the basis of its decision, the latest High Court decision shows that times have indeed changed.
Uber drivers protest outside of the New York Stock Exchange.
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The Uber driver walkout raises questions about how workers can fight for better pay and benefits in the age of the gig economy – a topic frequently on the minds of Conversation scholars.
Successful popular protests like this one in Algeria are the exception not the rule.
Government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security is increasing.
Duke Ellington leads his orchestra in a rehearsal in Coventry, England, on Dec. 2, 1966.
From spirituals about the trials of slavery to the fight for civil rights and the modern rhythms of swing music, Duke Ellington told a story about black life that was both beautiful and complex.
Many South Africans have yet to see freedom bear fruit.
As South Africa marks 25 years of freedom, many citizens have to contend with the harsh reality that they can't eat democracy.
A man challenges police during a protest in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg.
To claim that protests are being organised suggests sinister motives. But all protest is organised. So are cake sales and shopping expeditions.
Women and children at a Red Cross camp for displaced victims of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg.
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The action plan offers no information about budgets, oversight, clear standards for measuring progress or accountability mechanisms.
South African churches still have a long way to go in accepting queer worshipers. Supplied by author.
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At local level some congregations are bravely creating alternative models where LGBTIQ people can feel safe and be accepted
Striking teachers are increasingly casting their struggle as being part of a broader struggle for social justice.
The teacher strikes that have swept the US represent a new shift in teacher activism that has led teacher unions to align with broader social and racial justice movements, an education scholar says.
The Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique, provides fertile ground for extremism.
Speculation and conspiracy theories abound about the Mozambican insurgents leaving a trail of violence in resource rich Cabo Delgado.
Soweto in South Africa. Apartheid’s spacial planning still affects people’s lives.
The high costs of finding work make it difficult for young South Africans to get jobs.
The French National Assembly, one of the Western institutions Western academics believe African countries should aspire to.
The argument isn't whether African democracies are better than those in the West. It's simply that the idea of "real" and "not yet real" democracies expresses a colonial mentality, not reality.
Many have been displaced by violence in the Central African Republic.
The volatile conditions in the Central African Republic make the administration of justice difficult.
Salvadoran immigrants were pivotal in the Justice for Janitors campaign in Los Angeles in 1990. It earned wage increases for custodial staff nationwide and inspired today’s $15 minimum wage campaign.
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Central Americans who came to the US in the 1980s fleeing civil war drew on their background fighting for social justice back home to help unionize farmworkers, janitors and poultry packers in the US.