• We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge

    We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge

    Albie SACHS, We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge (Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2016) THE South African Constitution is a constant benign presence in this book, Albie Sachs’s anthology of writings and talks. It […]

     
  • No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela

    No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela

    Thandeka GQUBULE, No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2017) Her whispering was so pronounced that Thuli Madonsela’s media appearances were often all but inaudible. This was in stark […]

     
  • Down with the Establishment!

    TEN and a half million votes and over one third of the total cast: that was the support for the candidate of the far right, Marine le Pen of Front National, in the second round […]

     
  • History Matters: Selected Writings, 1970–2016

    History Matters: Selected Writings, 1970–2016

    Bill NASSON, History Matters: Selected Writings, 1970–2016 (Cape Town: Penguin, 2016) SOMETHING of a self-indulgence? Many might regard auto-anthology in such terms, but would surely excuse a writer of Bill Nasson’s exceptional quality. If the […]

     
  • Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me: A Memoir of Sorts

    Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me: A Memoir of Sorts

    Marianne THAMM, Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me: A Memoir of Sorts (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2016) THE British newspaper The Guardian runs, alongside its conventional obituaries, a parallel series called ‘Other lives’. South African publishing of […]

     
  • Confronting the Corrupt: Accountability Now’s Battle Against Graft in SA

    Confronting the Corrupt: Accountability Now’s Battle Against Graft in SA

    Paul HOFFMAN, Confronting the Corrupt: Accountability Now’s Battle Against Graft in SA (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2016) CADRE deployment is the key to the epidemic of corruption that has systematically eaten away at the fabric of […]

     
  • Endorsing war criminals

    HULLABALOO: it’s a word often applied to South African politics – and with good reason. In the year in which Jacob Zuma should relinquish the presidency of the African National Congress (and, much of the […]

     
  • Uncle Kathy’s legacy and South Africa’s second liberation struggle

    Uncle Kathy’s legacy and South Africa’s second liberation struggle

    ONE by one they gradually disappear from national political life. Ahmed Mohamed ‘Uncle Kathy’ Kathrada died on 28 March leaving behind just two fellow Rivonia trialists from 1964, Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg. And with […]

     
  • Tearing up the post-war settlement

    IN a modest personal archive I have two particularly prized documents: a British national identity card (discontinued 1952) and a ration book (food rationing ended in July 1954). But as a product of the post-1945 […]

     
  • Conspiracy theory and truth

    THE beginning of each year raises the prospect of anniversaries, commemoration and appropriate reflection. Amongst many, this one will see the centenary of the sinking of the Mendi (21 February), the fortieth anniversary of the […]