On Tuesday, 19 May, The Black Sash celebrates its 60th anniversary. Started in 1955 over a cup of tea by six middle-class white women outraged by the then-government’s attempts at removing “coloured” citizens from the voter’s roll, the Black Sash developed into a powerful force for protest and change and served as a visible prod to the consciences of those who implemented and benefited from an unjust system.
Mac Maharaj, a man who has dominated so many of the high places in our politics, is stepping down from his job this week. He’s just turned 80. And the job he is leaving has to be one of the toughest, hardest, most fraught in any democracy anywhere.
Speech delivered by the President of COSATU, Comrade Sidumo Dlamini at the meeting of NUM Youth Forum on the 24th April 2015, at Boksburg
24 April 2015
Please accept revolutionary greetings from your fighting Federation, COSATU.
Do we actually understand the consequences of xenophobia? Can our rulers even begin to fathom the cost of the breakdown of social cohesion? We must have a brutally honest discussion with ourselves as South Africans.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
In Namibia … we are clear … No exploitation of man by man. That will not be allowed here –Namibia’s President Sam Nujoma in an interview in a Namibia special report of the New African magazine in 2003.
This is an open letter written by an 11-year-old Zimbabwean on xenophobic violence.
A young girl arrived at her teacher’s classroom this morning and said, “Please will you help me get this out to as many people as possible”.
WE CANNOT fight racism until we admit it exists. If our leading English-speaking universities had figured that out 20 years ago, they might not face angry black students today. If many in the national debate had worked it out then, we might be a less angry society now.
Ashish Thakkar, Founder of the Mara Group and the Mara Foundation argues that the Western media has outdated and incorrect beliefs about Africa.
What could possibly be the most ferociously contested elections in decades has been postponed for six weeks, but LSE’s Chiaka Osuala looks at points raised at the ‘How to Fix Nigeria – The 2015 Elections & Beyond’ debate held by the Royal African Society in London on 28 January.