Decolonising project: what is the place of ubuntu? (Polity, 26 September 2017, reprinted in Daily Maverick)

The process of pursuing decolonisation of the colonial and apartheid knowledge and cultural projects, often relates to retrieval of the precolonial.  What is the place of ubuntu in such an endeavour? Continue reading

Zuma and allies under pressure: what is the way forward? (Polity, 18 September, 2017, reprinted Daily Maverick and


We are in a very confusing moment of post apartheid politics.  At one level much of the support base around President Jacob Zuma is under attack or eroding Continue reading

December ANC conference: what are realistic expectations? (Polity 11 September 2017, reprinted Daily Maverick and


Most commentators and sections of business see December 2017 as a decisive moment for the country, insofar as someone other than Jacob Zuma is expected to become ANC president. Continue reading

Dissent and democratic consensus (Polity video interview, 31 August 2017)

Ruth First, validating dissent and building a democratic consensus (Polity, 28 August 2017, reprinted Daily Maverick,



On 17 August 2017, the 35th anniversary of Ruth First’s assassination was marked at the University of the Witwatersrand with a panel discussing dissent. Continue reading