Is Self-Enrichment Rock propped up by Parliament, or crushing the people’s power?
The paradox of the public’s power.
“I noticed various narratives in the media, [including] the exoticisation of the black
middle class,” said Professor Roger Southall of the University of Witwatersrand at the
launch of his book, ‘The New Black Middle Class in South Africa’. “It’s almost as if
the black middle class were located in game parks and were being spotted for their
My passport is green. The glorious green of aloe leaves or trees in late summer.
My skin is freckled. Flickered with flecks of moments spent under this sun.
My heart breaks. A hurting history means I watch flowers grow from stained mud and feel petals fall on graves. (more…)
“I should have been writing for far longer than 25 years. Why didn’t I start writing earlier on?” asked Dr Sindiwe Magona at the Puku Storytelling Festival where she launched her new book, Chasing the Tails of my Father’s Cattle, “Simply because I didn’t know anyone who looked like me who did such a foolish thing and called it work.”
To break free from a hurting history,
To have freedom and not free-dumb,
To become an empowered people,
A blade must fall on the fees.
Andrew Mlangeni is ninety years old, his eyes carry ghosts, his hands wear wrinkles and scars, and he is one of the two surviving members from the Rivonia Trial group of men imprisoned in 1964. Last week he spoke up against corruption and the prevailing apartheid prejudices in a presentation at Rhodes University. (more…)