Democracy

This communique is a reflection of my thoughts following a series of stakeholder conversations that were initiated in response to concerns about allegations of institutional racism and/or the slow pace of Transformation at Wits. 

More than fifty years ago, a massacre shocked the world and proved beyond doubt the inherent monstrosity of the apartheid system. It may have taken another 30 years for it to fall, but it was Sharpeville that first made its ultimate destruction inevitable. By J BROOKS SPECTOR.

The top six leaders of the ANC shortly after their party election. From left: Zweli Mkhize, Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, Baleka Mbete, Gwede Mantashe and Jessie Duarte at the ANC’s Mangaung elective conference in 2012. Picture: Leon Sadiki

The history of the Young Communist League (YCL) dates back to 1921, although the organisation observes 25 May 1922 as the date of its official formation. History reveals that there is evidence of YCL activities in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 1921.

The ANC celebrated its 100th anniversary last week with much pomp and ceremony, while 12 months of commemorative events lie ahead to further highlight the issue of heritage.

On trial for his life in 1964, Nelson Mandela explained his movement’s policies and the objectives that inspired the actions that placed him in the dock, saying: “The most important political document ever adopted by the ANC is the Freedom Charter. It is by no means a blueprint for a socialist state.

The birth of the African National Congress a century ago, on January 8, 1912, was a landmark in the history of Africa, marking the beginning of the end o

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The lavish celebrations in Mangaung this past weekend, among other things, reminded me of the late Van Zyl Slabbert. Renowned for his ready wit and as a master of repartee, he once quipped in response to a question about the likelihood of a one-party state in the new SA, given the dominance of the ANC, that we were already living in such a state because “it`s just one big party”!

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