Rethinking History

Don’t put my heritage over the coals

On the 24th of September, South Africans celebrate Heritage Day, when people across all racial and cultural groups are encouraged to celebrate their cultural...

It’s time African lawmakers ditched their colonial wigs

We love to talk decolonisation in Africa and yet somehow we managed to miss the fact that in several African countries, lawyers and judges...

#Biko40 reminds us the police are still brutal

On 12 September, South Africans commemorate 40 years since the death of Bantu Stephen Biko, anti-apartheid activist and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement....

A response to Mamdani: the fight to decolonise starts with the...

Auwais Rafudeen reflects on the importance of indigenous languages in the decolonial project, and the internalised Western ideologies that hold back the attempts to...

Five books about exceptional South African women you need to read

August 9 is Women's Day in South Africa, and we commemorate the anti-apartheid activists who marched on the Union Buildings and burned their pass...

Why we all deserve to see the new Winnie documentary

There is arguably nobody in South Africa politics that has been more demonised in the media than Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, commonly juxtaposed to her...

Malema might have a point about South African Indian people

After Ecnomic Freedom Fighters commander-in-chief Julius Malema made controversial comments about Indian people during the party's 4th anniversary celebrations in Durban on July 29,...

Dreaming of exile – memories of a rainbow nation childhood

For many South Africans who grew up in the post-1994 era, the myth of the 'rainbow nation' was a cornerstone of their childhood. Naledi...

Frantz Fanon: father of decolonisation

Frantz Omar Fanon, the psychiatrist, revolutionary and father of decolonisation, would be 92 years old. Born on the French colony Martinique, the...

Those who are against decolonisation are white supremacists

We are living in a society that is deeply divided on racial issues, decolonisation being one of them. The reality of the decolonisation debate,...

Does Youth Day need to return to its political origins?

For government's official celebrations of Youth Day this year, President Jacob will address young people in Ventersdorp in the North West, on the subject...

Never forget those who were killed in the 1976 Soweto Uprising

Salim Vally reflects on the Soweto Uprising and those who lost their lives. A partial list of the martyrs of the 1976 Uprising, the place...

Five places you should visit to celebrate International Museum Day

18 May is International Museum Day, and museums around the country are celebrating with free entrance today. This year's theme is "Museum and contested...

Remembering PAC anti-pass activist Philip Kgosana (1936-2017)

Former student leader and PAC activist Philip Kgosana has died. He was 81. Kgosana is best known for mobilising students in anti-pass protests in...

Solomon Mahlangu: A hero of our youth

Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu was hanged on this day 38 years ago. He was wrongfully charged with two counts of murder and three charges under the...

Ronnie Kasrils, Zuleikha Mayat and Edwin Cameron remember Ahmed Kathrada

Ahmed Kathrada passed away in the earlier hours of Tuesday morning. He was 87. The Daily Vox team spoke to his contemporaries about their...

Remembering the SS Mendi and Shaka the Great at Time of...

The focus of Time of the Writer 2017 is on indigenous languages, the short story and the intersection of film and literature - and...

Unlearning Gandhi: A South African Narrative

South Africans are excessively familiar with the history of Mahatma Gandhi for many reasons. The historic train incident that happened at a railway station in...

Eight things you didn’t know about the University of Fort Hare

The University of Fort Hare (UFH) is known for its notable alumni - with many political figures who all hailed from this institution. The...

A change is going to come: on the right to peaceful...

A lot has been said recently about the right to protest and the right to assembly, but what irks me is how participants who...
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