We publish here a living tribute to Comrade Nelson Mandela. We, as all in South Africa, are aware that he is critically ill and that, by the time this
Interview with Jeremy Vearey, Major-general in SAPS. A!: Maybe you'd like to introduce yourself and your capacity. JV: I am Jeremy Vearey. I am also
Just over a year has passed since the Marikana massacre and the amount of critical reflection on the worst act of state violence since the end of apartheid
For the leadership of the ANC and SACP an independent and militant worker controlled and independent trade union federation is too dreadful to contemplate–
In this extract from a longer interview conducted by Amandla! Vearey outlines a brief history of policing methodology in Cape Town and a critique based
A!: Maybe you'd like to introduce yourself and your capacity. JV: I am Jeremy Vearey. I am also a Major-General in the police service. I am responsible
In Gill Hart's excellent new book Rethinking the South Africa crisis, she points to a rather curious phenomenon as part of her engagement with the figure
Q: I could not help noticing the large visible police presence and patrols on every corner of Manenberg. Has it helped the situation at all? Keith Dumas/Christene:
Bureaucracy is defined as management or administration marked by hierarchical authority among numerous offices and by fixed procedures. The abuse of power
Before we send the army in to 'solve' the crime problem in Cape Town's troubled townships or appease politicians and nervous shop owners with a police
Anti-fascist rapper murdered by 'neo-Nazi' Golden Dawn supporter The murder of anti-fascist campaigner Killah P, whose real name was Pavlos Fyssas, has
Dear Amandla! One can't help but be sickened by the overuse of the term 'Entrepreneurship' among our rather dull chattering classes. If the government,
I don't feel part of this country. It's for the whites and the darkies. And then they still want the Western Cape as well They are often racist towards
THE CASE OF SHANNON---OUTCAST CAPE TOWN: a personal reflection by Andre Marais My nephew Shannon is about to be sentenced next week. He is currently languishing
The big question for the political future of the ANC and that of South Africa, although it may appear early or some would say premature, is a post-Jacob
Luke Sinwell and Siphiwe Mbatha On 16 August 2013, exactly one year after the Marikana Massacre, 20,000 workers peacefully commemorated that fateful day.
Dear Amandla! When one reads through any of our nation's major newspapers one is bombarded with endless stories of corruption in government, the civil
by Benjamin Fogel The Lonmin Worker's Council was birthed by last year's wildcat strike at the London Mining (Formerly London Rhodesian mining) mines
The Amplats workers' committee formed during last year's Marikana wildcat strike on the platinum belt. The Amplats strike did not begin because of the
The Marikana massacre and unrest on South Africa's mines in 2012 elicited a flurry of analysis, much of it superficial and too hastily produced to be of
Often when the history of 'big' events is recorded, after a while, the stories with specific details are eroded and obscured. It is made to fit easily
Only one week before the massacre in Marikana on 16 August last year, Bench Marks Foundation published its report, 'Policy Gap 6'. It was a part of a long
The crisis of profitability in the platinum industry is a misleading phrase to describe the current situation. Platinum companies are still in fact making
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Dear Amandla! I have recently moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town to work as an educator. I worked in Soweto before this and was quite looking forward
Johannesburg, 14 October: The recent Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual, Queer (LGBTIAQ) marches held across Gauteng that culminated
Kurdish Human Rights Action Group, South Africa Amidst political turmoil in the Middle East, the fledgling peace process aimed at resolving the Kurdish
Calls resounding in the halls of power and in the media for American intervention in Syria have opened up a debate that has been over two years in the
The attack On 21 Saturday September 2013, at midday local time, a group of armed individuals entered the up-market Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi,
On 19 March 2003, the United States declared war on Iraq. Six months later, on 25 September, Edward Wadie Said passed away at the age of 67 in New York
The Devil's Lair A film by Riaan Hendriks 2013 Incarcerated Knowledge Dylan Valley 2013 There's a growing body of Cape Flats gangsta-chic in both print
Who would ever think that an award-winning young South African jazz bassist, with impressive collaborations in Europe and the USA, and past scholarship
Dear President Zuma Given your impeccable leadership of the Moral Regeneration Campaign, the Houses-for-All Project and the Anti-Corruption Initiative,
The morning of our father's 82nd birthday dawned with the news of Chris's death. We had known for some time that he was desperately ill and so had already
CM: Towards the end of the book, you mention Chris's alignment with Buddhist philosophy. What was his spirituality like? MM: Chris was very spiritual.
Some choice bits from NUMSA's response to COSATU
The full text can be found here
13. We have boldly maintained that at the heart of the crisis in COSATU are two opposing forces: the forces of capitalism and the forces socialism. The capitalist forces within the Federation seek to make workers to understand and tolerate the continuation of white monopoly capitalist domination, by accepting elements of the neoliberal NDP.
The socialist forces s...
by Khalid Shaalan
this article orginally appeared Mada Masr
Western media coverage of the massive waves of protests in Egypt over the past two days is revealing of a number of problems that plague knowledge production about the Arab world.
As crowds across the country were just warming up for the historic protests, around midday on 30 June, reports from Cairo appearing on Western broadcast and online news outlets focused on projecting an ima...
Address delivered to the first Tricontinental Conference of the Peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America held in Havana in January, 1966 by Amilcal Cabral
If any of us came to Cuba with doubts in our mind about the solidity, strength, maturity and vitality of the Cuban Revolution, these doubts have been removed by what we have been able to see. Our hearts are now warmed by an unshakeable certainty which gives us courage in the difficult but g...
by Thapelo Tselapedi
It’s becoming common knowledge, if not a public secret, that the ANC and the DA, though differing ideologically, at least at the level of rhetoric, are not practically far from each other in terms of their policy recommendations for the country’s economic trajectory. And though they’re always having a go at each other, there’s a growing level of consensus on a few practical issues. The two have also displayed authoritari...
By Andrew Nash
from Monthly Review
The Tribal Model of DemocracyIn his speech from the dock, at his 1962 trial for inciting African workers to strike and leaving the country without a passport, Nelson Mandela described the initial formation of his political ideas. "Many years ago, when I was a boy brought up in my village in the Transkei, I listened to the elders of the tribe telling stories about the good old days, before the arrival of...
Land, Race and Nation Conference
22 June 2013