What Do You Do About a Problem Like Malema?

In the latest twist of the saga in current South African politics former ANC Youth League President Julius Malema has been charged with money laundering. Malema, once an ally of President Jacob Zuma now counts himself as Zuma’s chief foe. “We must make sure Jacob Zuma does not become president of the ANC…. Remove him [...]

Professional BDS in South Africa overpowers pro-Israel lobby, says former AIPAC man (VIDEO)

The BDS movement is overpowering the pro-Israel lobby in South Africa, Howard Sackstein said in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz yesterday. Sackstein has worked for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the largest pro-Israel lobby organization in the US. South African BDS activists are “professionals” In the interview, Sackstein warned the pro-Israel [...]

Of Marikana, Malema and Mangaung: South Africa’s Faultlines

The Marikana Massacre, which pitted police against striking miners, labor against capital, and in the minds of many the state against the people, serves as a brutal and grim reminder of just how divided post-Apartheid South Africa is. The Mandela Miracle, never a miracle at all but rather the culmination of decades of struggle and [...]

South Africa Invokes Apartheid Law against the Striking Marikana Miners

What a bizarre turn of events! The Marikana miners’ case took yet another twist as media reports that all charges against the 270 South African miners arrested for murder following their clash with the South African police two weeks ago were dropped this week. Initially, after having 34 of their colleagues killed and many more [...]

Heathen Songs of the natives

These songs of ours always get us into trouble. When we want peace we sing. When we want to be heard we sing. Sound permeates our lives and like Fela Kuti said; music is a weapon. Pipe smoking elders in Zimbabwe who spend lazy afternoons playing Mbira say a grunt in a chant spells trouble. [...]

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