Can South Africa properly be called a ‘democracy’?

roodt_dan_wikiby Dan Roodt dan[at]

I find it interesting that professor Anthony Butler of UCT should point out potential tribal schisms within the ANC in Business Day. According to Stephen Ellis in his book External Mission: the ANC in exile … Read the rest

Sexwale’s detention signals US terror watch list still active

Church Street bombing
Church Street bombing

A former black South African government Minister has been detained in New York apparently because his name is on a terrorism watch list.

Tokyo Sexwale became a member of the Black Consciousness Movement in the late 1960s … Read the rest

Winnie joins Twitter

Winnie Mandela
Winnie Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela joined Twitter in October tweeting that she “understood the value of social media”.

Madikizela-Mandela, who was married to former South African president Nelson Mandela and was a prominent voice in the struggle for the liberation of … Read the rest

‘MK veterans’ trash Civic building

MK Veterans
MK Veterans

A group of people calling themselves military veterans trashed and looted the Germiston Civic Centre on Monday, the municipality said.

“We had a bunch of people masquerading as former MK (Umkhonto we Sizwe) members,” said Ekurhuleni mayoral spokesman

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All-white cast of SA’s revolution speak up

Liliesleaf: Instigating violence in SA, a white passtime
Liliesleaf: Instigating violence in SA, a white pastime

SOUTH Africa’s “born free” generation has no interest in the nation’s history, Liliesleaf Trust chief executive officer Nicholas Wolpe complained yesterday while marking the 50-year anniversay of the arrests of the Umkhonto … Read the rest

Kasrils papers find a home at Wits University

Ronnie Kasrils
Ronnie Kasrils

Rare and historical material belonging prominent political figure Ronnie Kasrils, gathered during the liberation struggle and the transition to a democratic South Africa, will be handed over into the custody of Wits University tomorrow.

Kasrils was a member … Read the rest

Mandela’s speech from the dock during the Rivonia Trial

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, center right, sings with supporters and the accused during the first treason trial outside the Drill Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1956.

I am the First Accused.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and practised as … Read the rest