• SONA and the State of the Nation: 'System Down'

    SONA and the State of the Nation: ‘System Down’

    SURPRISINGLY, there was a well-timed reminder by snail mail: my driver’s licence was due for renewal on 29 April. Surprising because officialdom has publicly said it’s not responsible for reminding us about anything and then […]

     
  • Holding the Fort: A Family Torn Apart

    Holding the Fort: A Family Torn Apart

    Toni Strasburg, Holding the Fort: A Family Torn Apart (Kwela Books, 2019) LIONEL (Rusty) and Hilda Bernstein were among several couples prominent in the South African liberation struggle. When detained on 8 April 1960 during […]

     
  • Reflections on D-Day after 75 years

    Reflections on D-Day after 75 years

    ‘DESPITE appalling weather conditions, we were given the go-ahead. We left harbour in failing light and picked up our group of landing craft. They fell into line behind us, twelve ships enormous in bulk compared […]

     
  • Which General - Which ANC?

    Which General – Which ANC?

    AT the time of the May 1987 South African general election, when the apartheid government was on its last legs, stickers were distributed reading ‘The trouble … is we don’t know which general we are […]

     
  • Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall; and We Are No Longer At Ease: The Struggle for #FeesMustFall

    Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall; and We Are No Longer At Ease: The Struggle for #FeesMustFall

    Adam Habib, Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall (Jonathan Ball, 2019); and Wandile Ngcaweni and Busani Ngcaweni (eds) We Are No Longer at Ease: The Struggle for #FeesMustFall (Jacana, 2018) WORLDWIDE, the shelf life of […]

     
  • Child at the Edge and End of Empire: A Memoir of Nassau in the 1960s

    Child at the Edge and End of Empire: A Memoir of Nassau in the 1960s

    PRELUDE What we call ‘my life’ is but a constantly rewritten version of our own past. ‘My life’ is the mental autobiography with which and by which we all live. What really happened is quite […]

     
  • To Kill the Truth

    To Kill the Truth

    SAM Bourne is the author of political thrillers. His real-life persona is Jonathan Freedland, one of the Guardian’s acute columnists and a commentator on British current events, especially Brexit, and Jewish affairs. His opinion piece […]

     
  • Africa's Holocaust

    Africa’s Holocaust

    ‘IN Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists, and therefore I know there is a God.’ Those […]

     
  • Social media and the coarsening of debate

    Social media and the coarsening of debate

    VIEWERS of the SATV soap opera ‘Isidingo’ will recall Horizon Deep mayor Sechaba Matabane-Moloi being set up in a supposedly drug-induced orgy at a Christmas party by his deputy Gabriel Motusi. The devious Motusi missed […]

     
  • I Beg to Differ: Ministry Amid the Teargas

    I Beg to Differ: Ministry Amid the Teargas

    Peter Storey, I Beg to Differ: Ministry Amid the Teargas (Tafelberg, 2018) THOSE who lived through the State of Emergency of the 1980s will not have forgotten the Candle of Peace, Hope and Justice, a […]