A lie about children’s paternity back in 1700 means tens of thousands of South Africans today are using the wrong surname.
The new governing elite mistakenly believes that the goal of a democratic South Africa is simply to extend to everyone what whites enjoyed under apartheid.
Given the central role that ethnicity played and still plays in South African politics, it is good to have an unbiased estimate of Afrikaners’ genetic history.
The suggestion that Mandela single-handedly achieved democracy is as intellectually threadbare as the charge that he was centrally responsible for the failure to transform South Africa.
Following the war, the South African authorities were anxious to charge known war criminals, traitors and collaborators. But nothing came of it.
When the Truth and Reconciliation was mandated to investigate human rights violations from March 1960, that left twelve years of apartheid rule unexplored.
The low levels of familiarity with key historical events indicate that there are serious shortcomings in the development of national collective memory in South Africa.
Whites lived well under apartheid and it is not absurd for black leaders to want all to live in the same way.
Jackson Mthembu’s death drives home the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Professionalism has to start with ministers for it to stand any chance of being embedded throughout the public service.
According to a new book, the friendships among women in the novel reveal its author Sol T. Plaatje’s view of effective political struggle.
The book shows that the claim made by some analysts that it was the fall of communism that prompted moves towards negotiations to end apartheid is off the mark.
That none of his collections were published in apartheid South Africa testifies to the police state’s censorship.
The magazine grew to be the largest circulation publication for black readers in South Africa, and expanded to include East and West African editions.
Brutus’s life was closely interlinked with the rise of apartheid and offered a way to look at resistance to this system.
The Freedom Charter process was an imperfect but impressive attempt at capturing the will of the people and articulating an alternative vision to apartheid South Africa.
It is not hard to see the roots of 20th century apartheid policies in the legacy of the British settlers.
Goldberg was the youngest Rivonia triallist. Segregated prisons meant he was sent to Pretoria, while his fellow accused were incarcerated on Robben Island.
In his new capacity as President of South Africa, FW de Klerk directly experienced for the first time how the international community had abandoned its support for minority white rule.
The springbok emblem was introduced under white rule in South Africa and by retaining it, it remains a burden for many South Africans who followed the Rugby World Cup.