Democracy

The hunt for Nelson Mandela’s legendary lost gun has turned into a desperate plan to buy a suburban home which is “sure” to have it – before opportunists can buy it and hold the historic treasure “to ransom”.

Liliesleaf farm has gained iconic status following the announcement by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile that it is to become South Africa’s newest National Heritage site.

Chalk inscriptions still mark Voortrekker Street in Ficksburg’s Market Square where Andries Tatane died after police allegedly beat and shot him during a march to the Setsoto local municipality offices on Wednesday last week.

The first reason it lost the coloured and Indian vote is that the ANC sees it as a coloured and Indian vote – when it didn’t, the ANC was much more successful in these former strongholds.

I’m black, as defined by Steve Biko, but apartheid meant that I spent my childhood and early adult years in the coloured and Indian group areas of Bosmont, Eldorado Park, Fietas and Lenasia.

The temptation to deploy identity politics is always tempting, but should be resisted, writes Mamphela Ramphele May 29, 2011 Sunday Times

The contest for power in the run-up to the May 18 local elections raised a very sensitive issue of the ownership of national symbols, including former president Nelson Mandela.

Christopher McMichael is a PhD candidate in the politics department of Rhodes University. His research investigates the ways in which the international governing body of football, FIFA, used the security arrangements for the 2010 World Cup to cannibalise public funds to the benefit of the Association and its sponsors.

Recent calls for nationalisation of mines and expropriation of land  without compensation have  evoked a sense of anxiety  and discomfort in  sections of  South African society,  the international financial sector and observers of South Africa’s policy processes.

I was torn with anguish when I first heard of the unspeakable brutality that has raged down on to the Kennedy Road shack settlement. In recent years I have spent many hours in the Kennedy Road settlement. I’ve attended meetings, memorials, mass ecumenical prayers and marches. 

Prof. Mahmood Mamdani : Text of talk on receiving an honorary doctorate at the University of Johannesburg, 25th May, 2010

In the depths of the country I opened an e-mail from Prof. Njabulo Ndebele inviting me to a Dialogue between four young South African novelists and Ariel Dorfman, the world-acclaimed Chilean-American author on Suspect Reconciliation to take place three days later at the Fugard Theatre.

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