The ideal South African is not the citizen but the consumer, and this is impressed upon children immediately when some are sent to private schools.
Much of what passes for politics these days is actually just anti-politics: not a function of too much politicization, but a severe lack of it.
The viral sensation “Jerusalema” and its dance challenge reveals a deeper longing and desire to re-imagine the world.
When our political parties only have recourse to the realm of identity and culture, it is a smokescreen for their lack of political legitimacy and programmatic content. It is cynically unpolitical, and it’s all bullshit.
Three activists from the Assembly of the Unemployed talk to us about the challenges facing working-class communities in South Africa.
As the South African ruling class wages a protracted war against the poor and working class, it grows comfortable with the idea that people have more or less accepted the status quo.
Police violence and the murder of black people in the United States have provoked outrage and protest around the world, including on the continent. But, why is there so little outrage over police violence in African countries?
The revival of an elite technocratic rationality is starting to undo South Africa’s lockdown, now in its second month.
Rehad Desai’s film celebrates the investigative journalists who expose the corruption of Zuma’s regime in South Africa, comes with a depressing note: To date, no one has gone to jail.
In South Africa, social distancing to bring down COVID-19 infections takes a decidedly local shape. In a racialized society, it manifests primarily as white melancholia and black Afro-pessimism.