Media freedom remains fragile in South Africa

Franz Krüger, University of the Witwatersrand Four decades after the Black Wednesday crackdown on the media and the black consciousness movement, South Africa is a different country. Freedom of expression is guaranteed in the constitution and a slew of institutions and laws support the guarantee. At the same time, powerful groups continue to seek ways …

Continue reading ‘Media freedom remains fragile in South Africa’ »

South Africa Is Repeating the Mistakes of Apartheid

by Martin van Staden After the end of Apartheid in 1994, nobody would have guessed that South Africa would be making many of the same mistakes as the Apartheid regime only two decades later, from censoring speech to violating agricultural property rights. In our process of transformation, we were supposed to move away from the Apartheid …

Continue reading ‘South Africa Is Repeating the Mistakes of Apartheid’ »

Book Review: ‘Spy – Uncovering Craig Williamson’

Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg Book Review: Spy – Uncovering Craig Williamson by Jonathan Ancer; Jacana Media, Johannesburg, March 2017 One can judge a book’s bleakness by the photograph on its cover. The Mephistophelian figure holding a tea cup is Craig Williamson: police informant, Cold War spy and apartheid assassin. Prizewinning journalist Jonathan Ancer’s goal …

Continue reading ‘Book Review: ‘Spy – Uncovering Craig Williamson’’ »

Margaret Thatcher’s ‘Marshall Plan for southern Africa’

Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study Margaret Thatcher wooed the South African government with promises of a “Marshall Plan for southern Africa” and helped “save” the independence of Namibia, according to newly released papers. The events they cover provide an insight into a March 1989 visit to Britain by the South African foreign minister, Pik …

Continue reading ‘Margaret Thatcher’s ‘Marshall Plan for southern Africa’’ »

Meet Johannesburg’s New Libertarian Mayor

Interview by Leon Louw Herman Mashaba is an unlikely mayor for South Africa’s largest city. In a country that has been dominated for more than two decades by the left-wing African National Congress (ANC), no one foresaw political victory for a self-declared “capitalist crusader,” property rights zealot, and beauty products mogul who opposes the minimum …

Continue reading ‘Meet Johannesburg’s New Libertarian Mayor’ »