• 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 […]

     
  • Lies, politics and history

    Lies, politics and history

    A CONVENIENTLY forgotten aspect of the long, convoluted and unresolved saga of Brexit is the fact that the successful Leave campaign in 2016 was based on a stack of lies and a raft of other […]

     
  • Disappointments of working lives

    Disappointments of working lives

    A CROWNING moment of a lifetime’s professional work would in the past have been a handing over to one’s younger, competent successor confident that while times inevitably move on values and principles would be carefully […]

     
  • The Man Who Killed Apartheid: The Life of Dimitri Tsafendas

    The Man Who Killed Apartheid: The Life of Dimitri Tsafendas

    Harris Dousemetzis with Gerry Loughran, The Man Who Killed Apartheid: The Life of Dimitri Tsafendas (Jacana, 2018) EXACTLY who was Hendrik Verwoerd’s assassin? In this comprehensive, thoroughly researched account of the life of Dimitri Tsafendas, […]

     
  • Driving and the national psyche

    Driving and the national psyche

    LAST July we drove back home from the Eastern Cape via Transkei. Forty years ago this stretch of the N2 was regarded with extreme trepidation by drivers as posing every conceivable danger: hazardous road layout […]