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The Farlam Commission found that the police inappropriately chose to forcibly break the strike at Marikana, resulting in the deaths of 34 miners. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Marikana: shining the light on police militarisation and brutality in South Africa

The Farlam Commission has called for implementation of plans to demilitarise the police to prevent a recurrence of the Marikana massacre. But, no-one, including Farlam, has set out what this involves.
South African President Jacob Zuma is also head of the country’s governing ANC. Leaders of the party and its alliance partners are meeting to take stock amid tough times. Reuters/Rogan Ward

Why South Africa’s governing alliance is doing some serious stock-taking

The leaders of South Africa's governing ANC and its alliance partners, the SACP and Cosatu, are holding an unprecedented week-long meeting at a time of grave difficulties afflicting the alliance.
The more than two million houses built by the state and transferred to the residents as freehold property, many with solar energy, are the most visible of the Freedom Charter’s achievements. Reuters

The legacy of South Africa’s Freedom Charter 60 years later

The Freedom Charter, adopted at a meeting in Soweto on June 25-26 1955, triggered a paradigm shift in thinking about the democratic rights of black South Africans and their protection under the law.
Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini with the late former South African president Nelson Mandela and Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Mandela combined a deep faith in culture and constitutionalism. Reuters

Unease reigns as culture and the constitution collide in South Africa

The recent skirmishes about culture in the public space represent the tip of an iceberg that can be properly characterised as a cultural backlash.
The relationship between Nigeria and South Africa has again been strained following xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Enduring tensions bedevil Nigeria-South Africa relations

The relationship between Africa's two great powers, Nigeria and South Africa, has had its ups and downs, but has been relatively cordial since 1999.
Mmusi Maimane was elected leader of the Democratic Alliance at the party’s federal congress on Sunday. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

First black leader breathes life into South African opposition

With the election of Mmusi Maimane as leader, the Democratic Alliance, like the ANC, calculated that a black rather than coloured leader is needed for victory at the national level.
Eugene de Kock pictured with film maker Jann Turner. George Hallett

Prime Evil: why South Africa is releasing Eugene De Kock

The release of Eugene de Kock, former commander of the notorious Vlakplaas counterinsurgency unit responsible for numerous clandestine assassinations in apartheid South Africa, raises a number of critical…
Onward and upward? Guess which is which. EPA/Ntswe Mokoena

While Mugabe cleans house, Zuma repeats old mistakes

At the end of 2012, I published a deliberately surreal novel entitled Joseph Kony and the Titans of Zagreb. In it, using satire and magic realism, I tied together the corrupt destinies of figures on both…
Icon and reality: Nelson and Winnie Mandela as seen on screen. Production Companies Videovision Entertainment Distant Horizon Origin Pictures (in association with) Pathé

Long Walk humanises Mandela, but do we lose sight of the man who was Madiba?

The timing could not have been more poignant: as South African president Jacob Zuma announced to the world that Nelson Mandela, the father of his nation, had breathed his last, Mandela’s daughters, Zenani…

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