Much of the commentary on the July riots, which cost over 300 lives and billions of rands in damage to the economy, has neglected the long history of violent protests in the country.
There is no substance to the view that poor people are lazy and prefer to live on handouts from the state rather than seek work.
The army may help create a more stable and secure environment in the short term, but this is unlikely to result in sustainable and lasting peace.
The violence wreaked its damage because South Africa’s journey to democracy remains incomplete. It sends a sharp message that the country must look its past far more squarely in the eye.
An uncomfortable reality is that looting is perceived by the looters to be socially acceptable and is often encouraged and endorsed within social and community networks.
After 1994 efforts were made to embed democracy. The focus was on policy and institution-building. What was missing was ensuring all South Africans were on board.
South Africans should not panic about the food system. But authorities will need to act swiftly and assertively to restore stability.
Corruption thrives in a destabilised state with weak institutions. South Africa cannot be allowed back to that space because there will be no turning back.
In 2014, reports of a new discovery of Sappho’s poems were remarkable. New research argues the papyrus had a fabricated backstory.
Archaeologists working with museums in Iraq have protected more than 270,000 artefacts using SmartWater liquid technology.
Armed conflict in Syria has been a disaster for the area’s cultural heritage. A displaced archaeologist describes what’s being lost.
According to a new study, a small portion of a site can yield thousands of objects, adding up to millions of dollars.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s decision to double the price of petrol shows very poor judgement and bad leadership.
There is a surprising amount of support for the destruction of antiquities in the Middle East.
Framing xenophobic violence as a question of immigrant victimisation invites divisions between neighbours.
What’s needed is a comprehensive international strategy to combat the illicit trade in antiquities.
Looting of Iraq’s national museum began on April 10, 2003. At least half of the artefacts taken remain missing and disturbingly, the illegal trade in stolen antiquities has grown in the years since.
Looting of antiquities is a serious problem, but looters are not always just motivated by greed.
Most African leaders have done little to improve the welfare of their people. Despite political parties different ideologies nothing really changes when governments change.
Sales of antiquities legally excavated are just as ethically problematic as those likely looted.