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Why Julius Malema’s EFF doesn’t offer South Africans a way out of poverty (The Conversation), 17 May 2016

20 May 2016

In “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty”, economist Daron Acemoglu and political scientist James A Robinson argue compellingly that the key to economic growth and prosperity lies in strong and inclusive institutions.

How to Approach Heaven by Jon Soske (Daily Maverick)

17 May 2016

The struggle for freedom is a reckless, foolish and sacrosanct adventure—so believed Albert Luthuli, president of the African National Congress from 1952-1968. A devour Christian, a man deeply committed to land and community, Luthuli saw the relationship between nation and its ideals as founded in shared values—not the ingratiated construct that beleaguers the nationalism playing out in South Africa today.

Flames of SA’s apartheid past broil Vuwani by Philile Ntuli (BDlive), 11 May 2016

13 May 2016

THE "ethnic fires kindled by the republican government will spread until this continent is destroyed irrevocably", said Gazankulu chief minister Hudson Ntsanwisi on May 9 1984.

He was responding to the apartheid government’s proposed spatial boundaries that had fuelled ethnic tensions between the Tsonga and Venda groups.

Riot in Grabouw over housing: Traffic department destroyed and schools closed by Ashraf Hendricks (GroundUp), 11 May 2016, Western Cape

12 May 2016

A youth in what appears to be school uniform throws a rock at what’s left of the Grabouw traffic department. Some schools were closed due to the protest.

Thousands of residents from the newly named Siyanyanzela informal settlement and surrounding areas in Grabouw set a vehicle alight and burnt down the local traffic department yesterday. They were protesting evictions and calling for better housing. Residents blocked the main road forcing traffic officers to close down a section of the N2 highway.

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."


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.