April 16, 2014

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Central African Republic; where the state has disappeared and violence reigns – By Koert Lindijer

oert Lindijer is an award-winning journalist with the Dutch daily NRC-Handelsblad. His articles are not usually widely read in English, but we thought the Anglophone world should also benefit from Koert’s many years of experience reporting from Africa. This week, Koert returns to the village of Zèré, where in November he saw how Christians had […]

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April 16, 2014

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Death and Identity in Rwanda – By Richard Dowden

I don’t know why I keep them, but I have never been able to just throw them away. Two small green folded cards found at a road block in Rwanda in 1994. “Karita Y’Ibiranga Umuntu – Carte d’Indentite Republika y’u Rwanda”. The name on one is Mugema. Resident of Gatore. No 0422828 Ethnie – Hutu. […]

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April 15, 2014

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Intimidation in SA Politics by David Bruce

This week the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (Case) released their report, Just singing and dancing? Intimidation and the manipulation of voters and the electoral process in the build-up to the 2014 elections. The report was researhed and written by David Bruce, who writes about the report research below: “The research is based on 24 […]

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April 14, 2014

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Ronnie Kasrils will vote against the ANC by Andre Le Roux

On May 7, Ronnie Kasrils will cast his vote against the ANC – as an “act of love”. Kasrils, a former intelligence minister, is angry with President Jacob Zuma for the “plague of corruption” bedevilling the ANC. Part of his rage is directed at the Nkandla spending scandal. “Sheer opulence, smacking of Mobutu Sese Seko-ism [referring to […]

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April 14, 2014

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What it took to grow the SA economy

From a virtually bankrupt state to a thriving trillion rand budget, South Africa’s economy is undoubtedly a world away from what it was 20 years ago, writes Amukelani Chauke. A declining employment rate, low investment levels, a poorly educated workforce and large monopolies – these were the features that characterised the South African economy in […]

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April 8, 2014

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In photos: The prison of the Rwandan Génocidaires by Greg Marinovich

The prison in Kigali was, in some ways, much like any other overcrowded, sordid, smelly and downright scary jail in Africa. But unlike others, filled with petty criminals, debtors, murderers and thieves, this one was filled – overfilled – with just a small cross-section of those accused of participating in the genocide of almost a […]

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April 2, 2014

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James Kantor’s A Healthy Grave – An Apartheid Prison Memoir Retro-Review by Alan Wieder

Nelson Mandela wrote of both his prison and Rivonia Trial experiences, as did Goven Mbeki. Ruth First, Raymond Suttner, and Albie Sachs published prison diaries –117 Days, Inside Apartheid’s Prison, and The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs. But A Healthy Grave was different. Unlike Mandela, Mbeki, First, Suttner, or Sachs, James Kantor was not involved […]

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March 31, 2014

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The Truth Elusive: Shell House massacre, 20 years later by Greg Marinovich

That seminal year of 1994 leaps into the mind’s eye like it were just yesterday, yet infants born that year have since mysteriously developed into voting adults. GREG MARINOVICH looks back at Shell House, a massacre of Inkatha Freedom Party loyalists in the run-up to the elections that could have forever altered South Africa’s future. […]

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March 13, 2014

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Chief Albert Luthuli and the ‘gospel of service’ by Raymond Suttner

Chief Luthuli is a Nobel Prize winner who receives less attention that he deserves, for his life has important lessons. From his earliest days in the ANC Luthuli spoke of the ‘gospel of service’, embracing a social gospel, a Christianity that understood serving the Creator as signifying serving the cause of freedom, the equality of […]

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