Time for ANC members to speak out when democracy is at stake by Denis Goldberg (Sunday Times), 17 April 2016

18 April 2016

Members of the party can no longer follow party orders to remain silent on Nkandla, writes Denis Goldberg

Dear Comrade Secretary-General

It seems to me that the demand from the national executive committee for silence in the ranks of the ANC is precisely the attitude that paved the way for the leadership, the NEC itself, the working committee, and the top six to allow our party to slide into disrepute.

Liberation and Ethics. Is there a connection? by Raymond Suttner, 05 April 2016

6 April 2016

It is no exaggeration to suggest that the legitimacy not only of President Jacob Zuma and the ANC, but also the notion of the liberation struggle itself is in shreds. For some of us, it was unthinkable that such an alliance of forces could degenerate into a moneymaking, lawless and violent operation represented by people who were prepared to trample on the values that we understood the movement to embody. Certainly, this did not happen overnight. The process leading to the present state of affairs has been long in the making.

Constitutional Court to Zuma: 'Pay back the money!' by RDM Staff, 31 March 2016

31 March 2016

The Constitutional Court has found that President Jacob Zuma was in violation of the constitution when he failed to comply with remedial action recommended by the the public protector's office and must pay back a portion of the money for the Nkandla upgrade.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said: "The remedial action that was taken against the president has a binding effect."

READ THE FINDINGS IN FULL HERE

Why South Africa should undo Mandela’s economic deals by Patrick Bond (The Conversation), 12 January 2016

30 March 2016

Is South Africa finally maturing to the point that the economic - not just political compromises of the 1990s democratic transition can be reconsidered? When engaging student activists, for example, University of the Free State rector Jonathan Jansen frets that

If [former President Nelson] Mandela gets any mention at all, it is as a sell-out, the man who led South Africa into a soft transition that left white privilege undisturbed and black poverty undiminished.

The Military Defeat of the South Africans in Angola by Horace Campbell (Monthly Review), Africa, Angola

22 March 2016

In Angola in the spring of 1988 the armed forces of apartheid South Africa and the US-backed mercenaries of Jonas Savimbi were defeated by the combined force of the Cuban military, the Angolan army, and the military units of the liberation movements of South Africa and Namibia. This led directly to the independence of Namibia and then to the fall of the apartheid regime in South Africa itself. Cuba’s heroic role is the outstanding example of principled anti-imperialist internationalism in the last decades of the twentieth century.

Cuito Cuanavale, Angola 25th Anniversary of a Historic African Battle by Ronnie Kasrils (Monthly Review), Africa, Angola

22 March 2016

Prohibited from meeting openly by South Africa’s apartheid government, the Seventh Congress of the South African Communist Party was held in Cuba in April 1989. When Jorge Risquet, one of Fidel Castro’s shrewdest and most trusted colleagues, addressed the gathered members, he was greeted with the resounding salutation “Viva Cuito Cuanavale!”

High-stakes drama as South African president and finance minister square off (The Conversation), 17 March 2016

18 March 2016

South Africa’s political landscape is shifting almost by the hour. The gloves are off in a power struggle that pits President Jacob Zuma against a group of reformers, led by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. It is a high-stakes drama that has profound, long-term implications for the country’s beleaguered economy at a time when the international rating agencies are circling, smelling blood.

Editorial: An Act of Wilful Sabotage, Part Two by Daily Maverick (Daily Maverick),16 March 2016, South Africa 16 March 2016

18 March 2016

As the Hawks' aggressive posturing against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan reaches new, previously unknown heights, the immensity of the damage it is likely to cause to the economy and people of South Africa is starting to become obvious. By DAILY MAVERICK.

My Body Was Dying by Edwin Cameron (The Con), 10 March 2016

11 March 2016

This week, former president Thabo Mbeki admitted to having co-authored the HIV-Aids denialist Castro Hlongwane booklet in his “Monday missives” – letters to South Africa which apparently seek to “set the record straight”. Mbeki also defended his denialist position, which hampered the roll-out of anti-retrovirals (ARVs) to ordinary South Africans and, is said to have unnecessarily claimed the lives of over 330 000 people.

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