Neil Agget’s passionate trade unionism proved fateful. It made him a target of a brutally repressive apartheid police state.
Perhaps the combination of religious rhetoric and secular laws is a winning electoral strategy.
Gan Siyabonga is unique in Israel. It highlights a group that was both anti-apartheid and pro-Zionist.
A younger generation of feminists will remember her, above all, for her remarkable championing of the struggle against patriarchy.
A historian counters the popular view that the 1989 collapse of the Berlin Wall set in motion talks to end apartheid. The process was unstoppable by then.
Struggle songs are relevant even in the post apartheid context because they continue to be an important way in which people deliberate on issues.
The failure of the 2021 post-election deal is a missed opportunity for the African National Congress and Inkatha to work together.
The posturing is bound to continue. But at the age of 78 Jacob Zuma’s long day in the sun is over.
Kaunda will be remembered as a giant of 20th century African nationalism – a leader who gave refuge to revolutionary movements, a relatively benign autocrat and an international diplomat.
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.
Former presidents Obasanjo and Mbeki have arguably made the most important contribution to Africa in the 21st Century by promoting peace, democracy, regional integration and pan-Africanism.
That none of his collections were published in apartheid South Africa testifies to the police state’s censorship.
Although a commited veteran of the ANC, Mlangeni was no party apparatchik. He was outspoken against endemic corruption in government.
Mandela left at the right time in 1999, when the country still seemed in a healthy state, after which he consolidated his international reputation.
Bishop Purity Malinga is the first woman to be appointed Presiding Bishop in the Methodist Church of Southern African in over 200 years.
South African jazz veteran Jonas Gwangwa has been getting recognition for the pivotal role he played in ‘singing down apartheid.’
Factions within South Africa’s ANC nostalgically point to the example of Oliver Reginald Tambo whose seen as an exemplar of integrity, personifying an ideal leader who served the party selflessly.
The twilight of Jacob Zuma’s ruinous presidency coincides with growing revulsion at his misrule of South Africa. But, it’s important that his erstwhile supporters acknowledge their complicity.
Cyril Ramaphosa is in pole position to become president of South Africa’s ruling ANC, 20 years after he lost the position by Thabo Mbeki. But, it won’t be easy. Neither will rebuilding the party.
Armed struggle played a subsidiary role in the ANC’s fight against apartheid in South Africa. The tactics that were most decisive in securing freedom were those that didn’t involve organised violence.