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In search of light: Uncovering the Exile History of the ANC and SWAPO

In The Politics of Politics on March 12, 2010 at 9:33 am

The New Worker

Inside Quatro: Uncovering the Exile History of the ANC and SWAPO

David Lush spoke to the author Paul Trewhela about the relevance of Inside Quatro to southern Africa today. (This is a transcript of that interview published in Insight Namibia)

While Inside Quatro documents meticulously the abuses of the ANC and Swapo in exile, there is little reflection or analysis on what implications these abuses have had for the ANC and Swapo’s governance of South Africa and Namibia respectively. Wasn’t this a missed opportunity? Read the rest of this entry »


Swaziland Democracy Campaign launched: `Justice denied anywhere is justice denied everywhere’

In rebellion on March 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm

The New Worker

By the Swaziland Democracy Campaign,

Campaigning for democracy in Swaziland NOW!

February 25, 2010 – Johannesburg, South Africa – On February 21, 2010, the world witnessed the launch of a global initiative to support pro-democracy forces in Swaziland: the Swaziland Democracy Campaign (SDC). This is a product of many years of working together between South African and Swaziland organisations, which includes political parties, trade unions, churches, youth and students organisations. Read the rest of this entry »

Artists are a gift to treasure

In Tearing Ourselves Apart on March 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Pumla Gqola, Loudrastress

I have a vested interest in the controversy over Minister Lulu Xingwana and the Innovative Women exhibition curated by Bongi Bengu last August. I have written on Zanele Muholi’s photographs before, and find Nandipha Mntambo’s work so thought-provoking that as I wrote the catalogue essay for the exhibition, I vowed to spend more time writing on her. I have also written on Bongi Bengu, the curator and an artist in the show. I have no intention of stopping.

These artists present us with a vision that does not allow us to sit comfortably with our prejudices. Even those of us who admire their work are provoked, challenged, amused, and forced to grow. The issues of conflict, death, erasure that they explore are not easy to digest. Their work also is about love, joy, discovery and breathtaking beauty. Read the rest of this entry »

Abahlali baseMjondolo Move Forward After the State Backed Attack Last Year

In The Politics of Politics on March 4, 2010 at 8:38 am

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
3 March 2010

The Third Force is Gathering its Strength

The goal that our attackers wanted to achieve when they ambushed us on the night of 26 September 2009 has not been achieved. A surprise attack was launched against our movement, the spontaneous resistance to the attack was broken by the police, our office was destroyed, hundreds of our members and supporters were chased from Kennedy Road, thirteen of our comrades were jailed and illegally detained and we have been banned from openly organising in the settlement where our movement was founded. Read the rest of this entry »

Hoisting the “knowledge bank” on its own petard: The World Bank and the double crisis of African universities

In Universities on March 4, 2010 at 8:27 am

by George Caffentzis, The Edu-Factory

Struggle is like education and it just keeps going on.
(DERRICK GWALA of the ‘Kennedy Road Committee’)

For ‘tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard, an’t shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon.

(SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet, Act 3, scene 4, lines 206-
209) Read the rest of this entry »