We remember in September Steve Biko ” I write what I like “

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September 9, 2016

On 12 September 1977, Stephen Bantu Biko died in a prison cell in Pretoria. The announcement of Biko’s death by the South African government the next day sparked international and national protest. Steve Biko was not the only person to die in detention at the hands of the South African security police; yet, because of Biko’s prominence as a charismatic leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, his case captured the…

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Why are South African students so angry?

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April 1, 2016

By Martin Hall South Africa’s universities have faced protests and disruption, linked by a strong common thread. A place at a public university is now unaffordable for a large majority of potential students. Last year saw a temporary fix and the government’s budget, tabled in Parliament in February, will extend these stop-gap measures. But until the financial causes are addressed, the crisis will continue to escalate, with significant long-term consequences.

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Still Angry, Will Not Forgive …. Apartheid victim speaks.

COFIMVABA, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 3: Chris Hani's widow, Limpho Hani at  Sabalele village on April 3, 2013, in Cofimvaba, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / The Times / Lulamile Fenbi)
March 12, 2016

Limpho Hani is still angry about the assassination of her husband, the former anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani. Twenty-three years after he was shot dead in front of their teenage daughter, she refuses to forgive or forget. When Janusz Walus, the man responsible for her husband’s death, was granted parole yesterday Limpho Hani was furious with the judge who overruled an earlier decision not to set him free – and suggested…

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Hunger or Unconditional Release

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February 7, 2016

Life of struggle has been my only known reality From conception, my life has been one battle after another Birth and growing up introduced me to impoverishment As I adjusted to impoverishment I realised that I was also oppressed and landless Enslavement, colonialism and apartheid marked my total African experience and reality

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Middle Class Outrage and Other People’s Weddings

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December 4, 2015

By Pontsho Pilane Sunday’s episode of Our Perfect Wedding showcased a relationship that began as statutory rape, showing not only how normalised rape culture is in South Africa, but also how middle-classness gets in the way of talking about real life issues. PONTSHO PILANE explains why.

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MINERS SHOT DOWN … An Emmy Winning Documentary That Is A Must Watch.

Lonmin employees gather at the base of a hill called Wonderkop at Marikana, outside Rustenburg in the North West Province of South Africa August 15. The miners are calling for the minimum wage to be lifted from its current R4,000 a month to R12,500. The men are mostly Xhosa and Pondo speaking, and the strike was initiated by the drillers. Eds Note: panoramic series of images stitched together.Photograph Greg Marinovich
November 24, 2015

Photo: Miners Shot Down/Facebook Miners Shot Down. The South African documentary, Miners Shot Down, walked away with the International Emmy award for best documentary. The film covers the 2012 Marikana massacre when mine workers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more.

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Victory for SA students in protest against hike in school fees

Students attend a meeting to discuss fee hikes, during ongoing protests at the university of Cape Town, on October 20, 2015, in Cape Town. This protest joins similar protests at other universities around South Africa. AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH        (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
October 24, 2015

University of Cape Town (UCT) Students watch as protesters march to different parts of the campus during a university shut down. It has already proven to be a hollow victory. For the thousands of students who gathered outside President Jacob Zuma’s Pretoria offices on Friday, there was no spontaneous outburst of celebration. There was hardly even an announcement of victory. It was to the media that Zuma announced that the…

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The Power Of Unity. South African students march in protest.

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October 22, 2015

By Lizeka Tandwa, News24 Close to a hundred students were arrested countrywide on Wednesday afternoon during the national student protest that turned violent. Police said all students arrested were released with a warning and are scheduled to appear in court at a later date. National police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said 43 students were arrested in the North West, 29 in the Western Cape and 20 students in the Eastern…

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