African TRC experience: The unfinished compromise

By |2018-10-05T09:29:33+02:00Oct 2nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the conclusion of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (SATRC). The South African example seemed the perfect means for post-conflict societies to hold peoples and crimes accountable as a moral reckoning in building a new nation.

A different time, a different place

By |2018-09-17T09:22:46+02:00Sep 11th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

The transition into a democratic dispensation had bodies such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) tasked to delve into the violence and human rights violations of the apartheid era.  It was a process that was not without flaws as it separated the systematic injustices and oppressions from human rights violations

Gender-based violence: a continuum through womxn’s lives

By |2018-09-17T09:17:51+02:00Sep 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

South Africa's history is marred by brutality where violence was used as a legitimate means to acquire power, assert interests and address conflict. The normalisation of violence constructed a society in which violence became a mode of communication. It became a norm

On Magnus Malan, the TRC and white victimhood

By |2018-08-21T11:55:23+02:00Aug 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|Tags: , , , , |

The Malan case is a powerful, meta-type example of how white violence can become victimhood and therefore worthy of protection and defence. The narrative around victimhood is that whiteness and, white people particularly, are the primary victims. We go to extremes to find redeeming factors to protect them.

Fear, self-censorship decline but still high as Zimbabwe approaches election, new survey finds

By |2018-07-23T14:32:08+02:00Jul 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

Fear of electoral violence and of openly expressing their views declined but were still at above-average levels as Zimbabwe approached its July 30 presidential election, a new survey shows.  

Ready to vote in Zimbabwe? Young and urban residents less likely to say yes

By |2018-06-27T08:44:51+02:00Jun 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

Whilst more than eight in 10 Zimbabweans (82%) say they are both registered and likely to vote in the upcoming elections, young and urban residents trail their older and rural counterparts in readiness to vote, a recent national survey suggests.

Calling out selective outrage from South Africans on the Palestinian struggle for Freedom

By |2018-05-22T10:47:17+02:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

In light of the ongoing Palestinian struggle, I am reminded of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s quote about how SA cannot be free without the freedom of the Palestinians, and how apartheid Israel can be defeated just as Apartheid SA was defeated.

Will South Africa see young people at the voting polls in 2019? Probably not.

By |2018-05-22T10:39:25+02:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

It is important that our government begins to address the complex challenges that the youth face with the same energy, creativity and innovation that we as young people see in ourselves.

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