South Africa

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October 15, 2015

Death of South African freedom fighter Bennie Bunsee

Lifelong Pan-Africanist, writer and polemicist Bennie Bunsee died peacefully at the weekend. He was 12 days away from his 80th birthday.On Sunday, friends, family and ideological sparring partners...

Abject poverty 'fuelling violence against immigrants in South Africa'

President Jacob Zuma's mealy-mouthed language and qualified statements have done little to curb the current anti-immigration violence in South Africa.Last month, the Zulu monarch made a public statement in which he compared "foreigners" in S ...

Voters battle for heart and soul of South Africa

Little mentioned in the eurocentric news coverage of the South African elections has been that the new Black nationalist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party took significant support away from the corruption-mired ruling African National Congress (ANC).J ...

Tears for Mandela the man but not his political legacy

An ocean of tears, including my own, have been shed since the sad news that Nelson Mandela had died. I sat next to Mandela in 1993, after arranging a meeting between him and the parent’s of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence. It was a magical moment ...