The need to understand history

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived. But if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” So wrote the American author Maya Angelou. A fellow writer, James Baldwin also noted: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed...

Seeking a definition of Socialism

Is North Korea socialist? Is the sort of society that exists there the sort of society that we, in South Africa, should wish to emulate? Is it the sort of regime that workers the world over should support? These may seem strange questions to ask in South Africa. Or...

ANC vs City Press: What lies beneath | by Mandy de Waal

Some say it was the ANC’s best chance to steer public attention away from its disastrous handling of the economy. Some say they just couldn’t wait to spark an outrage so people would stop talking about textbooks being five months late in Limpopo. Some say...

In defence of City Press | by Julius Malema

Julius Malema argues against the ANC’s campaign to boycott the newspaper ENGAGE AND NOT BAN THE CITY PRESS In my tenure as President of the ANC Youth League, I have been a victim of vilification and dis-reputation by many South African leading newspapers. The...

Some advice for Jacob Zuma | by Jeremy Gordin

Jeremy Gordin says SA does appear to be in a state of perpetual hysteria these days As icy darkness fell over Johannesburg’s northern suburbs last night and impis of men (sorry, I mean people) armed with the latest painting-defacing tools (cans of paint and...