Category: Politics

Participatory democracy in South Africa

Democracy has its genesis in the ancient Athens in late 5th century BCE, where for the first time direct democracy was conceived and practised by allowing all male citizens of the city state to be directly involved in its government. Parliamentary democracy developed in the United…

Time for the ICC to release Gbagbo

This week the SACP joined the ranks of those calling for the ICC to release former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo after growing allegations of gross political interference and manipulation by the former colonial power in his case. Gbagbo’s trial is currently underway in the Hague,…

Brexit is not just another media moment

The world is so full of news – natural calamities, wars, crime, elections, and so on – that there is not much time to dwell on any one story. Unless it’s a huge mess like Watergate that went on forever. But British history is very…

Our education must adapt

Historically and functionally, universities have always occupied an antagonistic position vis-à-vis social developments without simply conforming to them. By generating and transmitting knowledge, universities provide an opportunity to transcend the horizons of everyday theoretical problems occurring in the societies around them. For a millennium, universities…

Let’s stop being gullible muppets

It seems inevitable that the Tom and Jerry escapades of the DA and De Lille and their respective minions is going to dominate the newspaper headlines for quite some time. It’s turned into a real mudslinging match steeped in accusations and one doesn’t really know…

Realpolitik of the DRC elections

With opposition parties in the DRC failing to back a single candidate to face off against President Joseph Kabila’s designated successor, the political trajectory in the country is likely to be one of continuity and not change. Incumbent President Joseph Kabila is backing a hardline…

WCED – A Lesson to the ill informed ​

As the Rustenburg Girls Junior School coercion and racism allegations continue to unravel, perhaps it’s time to look at this from another angle. Let us unpack the comments made by the MEC for EducationDebbie Schafer where she states that the CCMA judgement was due to a…