The activist is today the subject of songs, sculptures, an annual lecture and even a new musical.
Mandela, the first president of a democratic South Africa, made big strategic choices – not necessarily the right ones, but certainly ones that were befitting of the times.
Struggle songs are relevant even in the post apartheid context because they continue to be an important way in which people deliberate on issues.
People are puzzled when they learn they share the same false memories with others. That’s partly because they assume that what they remember and forget ought to be based only on personal experience.
To his credit, former South African president Thabo Mbeki set up anti-corruption institutions that survived his own efforts to erode them.
South Africa’s foreign policy is supposed to be guided by the principle of ubuntu (humanness), so a visit to an aggressor is hard to explain.
The pioneering role she played, and the sacrifices she made, extended well beyond the famous 1956 Women’s March.
Every South African who cares about the future of the country will agree with former president Mbeki that, to avert disaster, something must be done urgently about its deep socio-economic problems.
Mbeki has successfully transitioned from being an old horse of South Africa’s governing ANC to a highly venerated and in-demand African elder statesman.
Fanon left a remarkable imprint, his views influencing many in the field of mental illness as well as pan-Africanist and anti-colonialism thinkers.
A new book places the responsibility of African growth on its leaders, people, and civil society, while also recognising the role partners like India can play in achieving its goals.
The power of the hunger strike lies in its utter simplicity. Anyone can choose to forego eating, even when living under extremely restricted conditions.
Detailed accounts from original documents offer insights into the secret operations of the CIA in Africa.
The politically ambitious Sisulu’s most recent campaigning grenade came in her cynical attack on the country’s constitution and judiciary.
Educating children in the 21st century is about teaching them to appreciate the human condition in all its diversity. Holiday reading can contribute to this.
FW de Klerk as National Party conservative was paradoxically the right leader at the right time to relinquish white minority rule.
Klaaste was distressed by what was happening in black communities, where residents faced state terror and political violence. He sought to restore values such as self-help and neighbourly conduct.
The archbishop’s willingness to listen to those of a different viewpoint and his staunch opposition to violence made him a pivotal figure in the end of Apartheid in South Africa.
The extent to which presidents adhere to the constitutional written code will have profound implications in relation to their use of executive power.
Ramaphosa is set to go down in the annals of history as an ANC president who presided over a tumultuous epoch in the party’s evolution.