Jackson Mthembu is the most prominent South African politician to succumb to COVID-19.
Jackson Mthembu’s death drives home the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Nelson Mandela’s long walk to freedom.
South Africa’s history shows that mobilising white privilege can be a useful tool for advancing the struggle against racism.
Daniel Radcliffe stars in the unispired Escape from Pretoria, which is more procedural than character-driven.
Oukasie residents protest over poor service delivery in 2010.
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A readable and important new book on the struggle for justice in South Africa’s Oukasie township does not go far enough to question the feasibility of grassroots resistance.
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…
Anti-apartheid cleric Trevor Huddleston, centre, with South African liberation struggle icons Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela in 1991.
Bishop Huddleston’s criticism of Enoch Powell’s incendiary “Rivers of blood” speech was both a history lesson and a call to action against racism.
Students who walked out of school protest against gun violence in front of the White House.
The lightning-quick corporate response to demands for a boycott against the NRA shows that companies can’t escape politics in an age saturated with social media.
Former policeman Joao Rodrigues giving evidence at the Timol Inquest.
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Will the Timol case create the necessary political will to open dozens more inquests into apartheid deaths? Maybe, but government machinery has proven to be rusty and extremely slow.
Nelson Mandela and his comrade, anti-apartheid activist, Fatima Meer.
Two South African “romance” struggle auto/biographies have focalised the anti-apartheid struggle through the lives of heroic women who were bound by love.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu ‘s deep spirituality drove him to fight for freedom and justice.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is first and foremost, a spiritual leader, a man of deep prayer. This motivated his participation in supporting South Africa’s liberation struggle.
Spanish activists protest against retailers using factories in a building in Bangladesh which collapsed, killing more than 600 people.
“Shaming campaigns” have been successful in attracting attention to transnational issues like inhumane working conditions and environmental degradation. But shaming guilty corporations is only the first step.
Award-winning Hemelbesem is a black Afrikaans hip-hop artist.
Afrikaans is very much a black language. The apartheid government’s ploy to construct it as a “white language”, with a “white history”, denied the commonality of the language across race and class.