It's Time to Change the Africa Narrative, 21 February 2015

2 March 2015

Ashish Thakkar, Founder of the Mara Group and the Mara Foundation argues that the Western media has outdated and incorrect beliefs about Africa.

I recently watched the BBC documentary, “Rwanda: The Untold Story” which first aired on October 1st, 2014. For those of us who have lived through the 1994 genocide, the documentary is quite puzzling. As a lifelong fan of the BBC, I was shocked by what appeared to be a lack of objectivity and even accuracy in this documentary.

How to Fix Nigeria, But is It Broken? Pertinent Issues Facing Africas Largest Economy Ahead of Impending Elections, 11 February 2015

2 March 2015

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.

Extraordinary Lives - Zapiro

13 January 2015

Political cartoonist Zapiro's work is as important as ever following the Charlie Hebdo killings. His life and role in society is discussed.
Cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro – aka Zapiro – is South African journalism’s Don Quixote: he has taken up his pen to defend the vulnerable, honour heroes, point fingers at the corrupt and poke fun at our quirky country and its eccentric people.

Selebi betrayed our democracy. He doesn’t deserve acclaim by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, 5 February 2015

10 February 2015

Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein spectacularly sums up the essence of the ANC honouring Jackie Selebi as morally indefensible, encapsulating the importance of a nation pursuing moral accountability as the backbone of democracy. In this scathing piece Goldstein leaves us no doubt of the message sent by Government in its support of the legacy that Jackie Selebi has left behind. If there is one article that is worth reading to inspire the necessity of integrity in our everyday lives and to rise up against the pull of corruption, it is this piece.

Tribute to Jackie Selebi by Riah Phiyega, 02 February 2015

10 February 2015

SAPS national commissioner says that is easy to stand back and criticise once someone has fallen from grace

Speaker Notes: Funeral of the late Jacob Sello Selebi: National Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega

Mrs Anne Selebi, devoted widow of Commissioner Selebi, and your sons, All other family members and friends, Comrades from the African National Congress, Former and serving members of the South African Police Service, Distinguished guests from all walks of life and from across the globe.

Selebi Legacy: It's Too Late To Re-write History by Stephen Grootes, 2 February 2015, South Africa

10 February 2015

Someone as complicated as Jackie Selebi, a former ANC Youth League leader, foreign affairs supremo, Struggle icon and corrupt cop, was always going to have a complicated funeral. Many people would remember only the news headlines of the last decade, the shoes and clothes bought by “my friend, finish en klaar” Glen Agliotti. Those who knew him for a much longer time would remember someone very different. He is not alone in his complexity. Someone like Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, while not corrupt, had a similarly complex legacy.

Book review: Indians in Africa, Impact and Legacy by Olof G Tandberg

30 January 2015

LSE’s Joy Ndubai calls Indians in Africa: Impact and Legacy by Olof G Tandberg an insightful quick read that delves into the economic, political and social impact of Indians in East and Southern Africa. From the 19th century trade with merchants on the shores of East Africa, Mau Mau resistance in Kenya, trading in Nyerere’s Tanzania, to Uganda under Idi Amin and apartheid South Africa, Tandberg offers a historical account of the experiences of prosperity, marginalisation and expulsion of Indians from the pre-colonial to post-colonial era.