Opinion

A letter for a Zimbabwe where fear cannot rule

Shortly after yesterday's arrest of Pastor Evan Mawarire, the leader of the #ThisFlag citizen protest movement, I walked back uptown from Harare's downtown charge...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, day 8: The Ramadaan scarf

Day 8: The Ramadaan Scarf One of my favourite things about this month is that I get to see a lot more of my friends...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 12: On reading

Day 12: On reading It's very clichéd to say that you should read fiction books because they transport you to another world - but where...

What my ward round says about race, class and power in...

Every ward round comes with its own dose of drama and special characters. DR THOMAS GRAY walks us through some of the everyday interactions...

Statement from concerned academic staff of Rhodes University

Concerned academics at Rhodes University published a statement about the events at the university since April 17th 2016.  April 21st 2016 We wish to express our...

Kimberley schoolboy rape: a case study on the ethics of reporting...

Often, in efforts to get the story out, journalists forget the consequences of their actions. The manner in which the assault and rape of...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 27: On answered prayers, New Zealand, and...

Day 27: On answered prayers, New Zealand, and practising self-care After the stress and trauma of the Fees Must Fall protests, coupled with the pressure...

A Response To Comrade Siya Nyulu’s On The EFF Student Command

COMMENT The proposal to dissolve the EFF student command is plausible and worth debating. In...

Aaisha’s Ramadaan diaries, Day 25: On sisters and road trips

Day 25: Road trips and sisters On Thursday I set out on a three-hour road trip with my mum and sisters towards Schagen (near Nelspruit)...

#ThisFlag: uprising against oppression or “third force” regime change?

The story of Zimbabwe as an oppressive regime is one with which most of us are familiar. In neoliberal, and predominantly white spaces, the...

We like to pretend that our churches are bastions of progress...

AZAD ESSA feels the role of religion in our politics must be interrogated. When Pastor Andre Olivier said that white people hadn't taken anything from...

I agree, f*ck white people

There's good reason for white people themselves to be shouting "Fuck white people!" writes JESSICA BREAKEY. I have been avoiding the increasingly shallow "White Privilege" discourse that...

Watching helplessly from the sidelines as Kashmir floods

As I write this I can't call home. I have exhausted my contact list; I keep pressing the call button but I hear no voice...

Looking forward to election season

Every week, we invite a South African journalist to write a short blog on politics in the country. This week CCTV's FAHMIDA MILLER writes for us.

No African is a foreigner in Africa

What’s different about the latest xenophobic attacks compared with those in 2008? Wits professor ACHILLE MBEMBE sees a nascent “ideology” – that of “national-chauvinism”...

Seven reasons you should get a higher education

First we had SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng fudging his matric results and now we have Dr Pallo Jordan faking a PhD. Are our leaders...

The foreign native, a xenophobic irony

SA’s particular brand of denialism in the face of obvious xenophobia keeps the rest of Africa out and stops us from challenging what is...

Let’s support the student movements – A message from a...

In our coverage of the #WitsFeesMustFall protests this week, we've had opinions from lecturers, to Wits students, to our editors. This time, an anonymous...

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: the media framing of Ahmet Merabet and...

A victim – and a hero – of the recent attacks in Paris have been singled out in media coverage as examples of “good...

Structural violence that plays out every day in South Africa is...

Violence against foreign nationals has once more unfurled itself on South African front pages. Make no mistake; much of South Africa is outraged. We...
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