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Operation Fiela and our history of kicking out ‘illegal’ immigrants

Operation Fiela has been described as “legitimising xenophobia”. While many South Africans have spoken out against the controversial raids, others feel they are justified....

Six payments refugees have to make to secure asylum in SA

 A report on corruption levels in South Africa’s asylum-seeking system, called Queue Here for Corruption, has found that almost one-third of refugees have experienced...

And what about free higher education for all?

There is a meeting scheduled between Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande and university vice chancellors for Thursday. A group of university academics and...

Did the SAPS and SANDF raids violate the rights of hostel...

For the past two nights, the South African Police Service and the South African National Defence Force have raided hostels in Jeppestown and Alexandra...

UCT students show management who’s boss

It was the moment when everything fell apart. Ramabina Mahapa, the president of the University of Cape Town’s Student Representative Council, had just led...

The residents of this informal settlement are boycotting elections

With local elections just four months away, politicians outchea schmoozing, the residents of one informal settlement are having none of it. MBALI ZWANE reports. Residents at Hopefield,...

“The stigma is the thing that kills people, not the virus”

In one of Knysna’s poorest communities, a small organisation is using unconventional methods to teach kids about HIV and AIDS. Mad About Art uses art...

Your apartheid and ours: the Palestine-South Africa connection runs deep

DR RAMZY BAROUD says that the present struggle against apartheid in Palestine is not merely similar to that of South Africa. Both struggles are...

Forgotten women of Marikana raise their voices in new documentary

A new documentary titled Mama Marikana hopes to change perceptions of the women at Marikana as mere victims of circumstances so that people can see them as...

Collapsed buildings, petrol drinking and the need for salvation

In the wake of the many headline-grabbing stories about religion in recent weeks and months, a friend asked me: "How can we save people...

Ebola in Liberia: Where are the Africans?

CBS's Lara Logan recently traveled to Liberia to report from the Ebola hot zone. But her reporting is now being held up as a...

#ColouredExcellence: I can be coloured and black at the same damn...

Wayde van Niekerk's 43.03 run of glory was an unprecedented moment of history - and a major triumph for South Africans. Coloured South Africans...

Three reasons we lost to Pakistan (and why we better wake...

It was an incredible game of cricket. Our boys performed majestically in the field to restrict Pakistan to 222. But an inspired bowling performance...

#OPTrial: Five things we won’t miss about the end of the...

It has taken one year and seven months for the verdict to be delivered, Judge Thokozile Masipa has announced her ruling - Oscar Pistorius...

The fate of the Rhodes statue: five realistic options

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Senate has backed the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes from its place of prominence on...

Can technology empower South Africa’s unemployed?

Africa is struggling with joblessness. Even though younger generations have increased access to education, 60% of the continent’s young population is still unemployed. In South Africa,...

ZP Dala treated for PTSD in Durban hospital amid reports of...

After reports emerged on Saturday alleging that Durban-based author ZP Dala was forcibly institutionalised, the author has herself released a statement clarifying that she has...

A letter from Zanzibar after Paris and Beirut

Mambo, Down below on the grass patch by the ocean, capoeiristas perform their usual practice as the sun sets after a rainy day. A noisy group...

Being a survivor: coping and healing from sexual assault

On Monday, an anti-rape culture campaign began at Rhodes University. The campaign is part of the larger Unashamed Movement, working in conjunction with Stellenbosch...

Five things people often get wrong about introverts

Crowded parties or meetings often might feel like a holding cell to an introverted person, even as they sportingly up their end of the...
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