Reporters' Notebooks

Snuff, sex and stigma

A couple of weeks ago, the Zulu language paper Isolezwe set tongues wagging with a story about the use of snuff by students at...

Berea evictions are one of many, but we forget

Most of us find comfort during the bitter Johannesburg winter from knowing that we have a warm place to return to every night. However,...

In uMlazi, fear and tension is rising after foreign shop owners...

uMlazi, the second-biggest township in the country, is where two Ethiopians suffered third-degree burns after about 30 people attacked them with petrol bombs during...

Middle-class xenophobia – it’s a thing

They may not pick up stones and throw petrol bombs, but the South African middle class is as guilty of committing xenophobia as any...

My experience with Israeli security forces

Hearing Democratic Alliance MP Yusuf Cassim speak of his experiences of racial profiling at the hands of Israeli security forces reminded AAISHA DADI PATEL...

Xenophobia: let’s not forget that many foreign nationals are refugees

We call the victims of xenophobic attacks foreign nationals, but I won’t do that here. The term “foreign” nationals creates a bigoted binary of us and...

Making space for LGBTQI people where the street and constitution diverge

The Constitution of South Africa was the first in the world to outlaw unfair discrimination on the basis of sex, gender and/or sexual orientation. And yet, members of...

Andile Mngxitama’s State of the Nation Address

When EFF leader Julius Malema stood up in Parliament at the 2015 State of the Nation Address (Sona) and said, “It is my right...

25 years later, comrades remember Mandela’s release

On 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster prison after spending 27 years as a political prisoner. It was a momentous...

#SowetoAttacks and the far-off dream of reconciliation in SA

I was raised in a culture where we treat elders with the utmost of respect, no matter who they are. So last week, when...

Are protests the only way to a gain a university education?

Students around the country have been experiencing frustrations with access to financial aid; some have resorted to protests as a way to highlight their...

People don’t fail just because they’re “stupid”

AAISHA DADI PATEL spent time at Wits University last week helping students to fight academic and financial exclusions. She shares what this sobering experience...

Female journalists: dealing with harassment is part of the job

Imagine having to take a friend to work because that is the only way you can avoid harassment. Sounds silly, but that is what...

Humanities students suffer in the education hierarchy

The government is intent on improving the quality and number of maths and science learners. This is a noble aim, but it shouldn’t come...

“Consider how I felt when accosted by a stranger on a...

Ass groping, suggestive stares and catcalls are but some forms of street harassment that South African women are subjected to by men each day....

When black people don’t live up to Gareth Cliff’s standards

Black Twitter was outraged when radio personality Gareth Cliff inquired about who was footing the bill for South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa’s state...

The Senzo Meyiwa love triangle and SA’s propensity for double think

The murder of Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa has forced South Africans to confront some hard truths about the state of...

How Chicky Lamba won the Internet [VIDEO]

Last week a lovers' spat got ugly and a Laudium tough guy developed delusions of grandeur. The video of the ugly spat went viral and...

Water shortages and SA’s urban/rural double standards

In Gauteng water has finally been restored to most areas, but it left many South Africans with questions. Why were there water shortages in the first place?...

Blackface and “Braai Day” are just a distraction from our real...

My Tuesday morning was marred by yet another blackface incident. For some reason, this took me by surprise; I didn’t think we would have...
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