by Samer Al-Atrush with Mona Salem in Alexandria Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency following twin church bombings by the Islamic State group that killed dozens on Palm Sunday, the deadliest attacks on the minority in recent memory.
The disorderly behaviour by members of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) at the Durban memorial service for Ahmed Kathrada on Sunday afternoon is a worrying glimpse into the future as President Jacob Zuma struggles to hold on to power. The addresses of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize were disrupted by ANCYL members singing and chanting in praise of Zuma. The president and his supporters are meanwhile offering alternative explanations and justifications for his actions and the economic crisis South Africa is immersed in. This is South Africa’s very own post-truth politics. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
To quote the Snapchat generation, the late Ahmed Kathrada’s memorials have been lit. Events in Joburg and Cape Town were politically charged rallies against President Jacob Zuma. On Sunday, the president’s supporters hit back, taking their chance in Durban to defend Zuma. Don’t forget – it’s an election year. By GREG NICOLSON.
In a polity as fast-moving as ours, it can sometimes be difficult when to know that things actually have fundamentally changed. Sometimes, the yardsticks are easy – Thabo Mbeki lost to President Jacob Zuma at Polokwane, and we knew life would be different. Sometimes, they are unexpected, such as the ANC’s loss of three metros in the 2016 local elections. And sometimes, they come about as a result of unpredictable events, say, a memorial service. The marches on Friday were massive. The reaction of the ANC was to show that it cannot even remember someone like Ahmed Kathrada in a dignified, let alone unified, way. It’s been said before, but things really are now never going to be the same. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
The stones, benches and chairs of Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral stood as mute witnesses to countless protest marches, vigils, fasts and memorials during the Struggle. On Thursday, a delicate filigree was drawn between the generation of Kathrada and Mandela and a new generation. The day belonged to the youth. Welcome to The Struggle, Reloaded. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Thinking about South African history, current political protests against the president, the battles in Weimar Germany between leftist and rightist militias and even the circumstances of the Philippines at the turn of the 21st century, J. BROOKS SPECTOR looks to philosopher Henry David Thoreau for support.
Alibi, Ep 6: SA podcast goes to court and asks if a ‘bullet graze’ injury has to involve a gun or a bullet
Alibi, the podcast and radio series, investigates over eight weeks whether one man, Anthony de Vries, is guilty or innocent of the crimes that put him in prison. In the sixth episode we are put into a spiral as we try to understand an injury from over 20 years ago. What we discover reframes the extent that evidence can be manipulated… and how paperwork, even from doctors, can lie. By PAUL McNALLY.
Covering sport is a largely insignificant pastime. There’s a reason these departments are known as the toy rooms. And while it’s easy to disconnect from sport after an intense match, it’s impossible to turn off the dial of South Africa’s current political groundswell. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Sick patients have been forced to leave their beds at the Holy Cross Hospital in the Eastern Cape and head outside to a nearby stream to fetch their own water because taps in the government health facility ran dry. The scenario is part of an ongoing litany of horror stories that have unfolded at the hospital for several years. It’s a desperate situation that needs urgent attention, write Zizo Zikali and Asavela Dalana for HEALTH-E NEWS.
We, the undersigned, note with significant concern the political developments in South Africa in the last week, where we have witnessed changes which we believe could potentially impact negatively over time on the communities we serve.
Paul Hoffman: Memo to the honest ANC/SACP MPs: Are the good people in your caucus ready to stand up?
Will those who lead cravenly drink from the buckets of Kool-Aid forced on them by those who irrationally insist on a vote for Jacob Zuma? Taking a bold stand for the rule of law, for common decency and for the ideals of constitutional democracy ought to boost their popularity with the electorate, irrespective of the party they represent.
In the last piece I wrote attempting to dispel some of the myths used to defend the Zuma Cabinet reshuffle, I argued that 'it is the duty of revolutionary intellectual labour to work against the capture of popular concepts and ideas by reactionary forces'. In this piece I will deal with one final myth used by those who defend Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle. I had left it out in the previous article because of space.
Single-issue campaigns focus on one contentious issue, using it as a binary socio-political litmus test to separate the good guys from the rest. Are you “for” or “against”? These campaigns don’t usually accommodate shades of grey.
The President sold the country. We should return the favour by making him part of a trade-off between black people who want white people to share economic power, and white people who want black people to share political power.
People’s hobbies are not incidental or irrelevant to big picture issues, as we may imagine. They are not outside of politics. It is through these subcultures that different peoples often find each other, literally. Road running clubs, choirs, churches, community theatre – these are the places where the social fabric of a nation is knitted together.