Raymond Suttner: Rebuilding democracy: time to use our own power! (Polity)


Raymond Suttner interview on current situation with Creamer Media’s Polity

Human rights watch slam SA police as ‘human rights threat’

There was a time during the struggle against apartheid when Human Rights Watch exposed the repression of the apartheid regime. Continue reading

Conditions relating to Bekkersdal protests


Richard Pithouse, The antinomies of democracy in Durban


The giant scandal that Zuma owns. (Mail and guardian editorial)

The giant scandal that Zuma owns. (Mail and guardian editorial

The significance of the Agang launch

It is hard not to be impressed watching on television and now reading the speech of Dr Mamphela Ramphele at Agang’s launch. 


How much weight to we place on a speech? Continue reading

Text of speech of Dr Mamphela Ramphele at launch of Agang

Text of speech of Dr Mamphela Ramphele at launch of Agang

I do not know whether this is word for word as she delivered it because she did not speak with notes

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu endorses the formation of Agang

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu endorses the formation of Agang

Agang presents meaningful alternative vision

What I found most impressive about Mamphela Ramphele’s speech launching Agang was its broad sweep, for the first time for very long, we heard someone give a ‘state of the nation’ and a sense that what is going on, terrible and systematic as it is, is not inevitable.  We are not doomed to have monies stolen that could provide health care and education, brutality and violence need no longer be celebrated.  The constant theme is that 20 years is too long to wait and in fact much of what could have been done to better the lives of the poor has been embezzled by public representatives and their friends.  I do not myself know whether Agang will translate its message into electoral inroads, but one thing is clear, and that is that it does present an alternative that is meaningful.  I personally do not see electoral reform as so significant a factor as Ramphele does, but that is a detail. The overall vision is if one thinks of it, the only political vision that we are now being offered.  Agang is breaking the mould where politics is no longer about wealth, positions or point scoring.  This launch was a very important political event, not because of numbers or what numbers may come to support Agang, but because it took the current shameful and shameless ANC head on and presented a meaningful alternative.  It may change the shape of SA politics

Why is this election different from all previous ones:early evaluation of Zuma era

Click to access RR112.pdf

Pierre de Vos on appointment of National Director of Public prosecutions

Pierre de Vos on appointment of National Director of Public prosecutions

In this article Pierre de Vos argues that President Zuma has a conflict of interest in appointing a director of the NDPP because that person may have to decide whether or not Zuma should be prosecuted for the corruption charges previously withdrawn

Crisis of constitutionalism and legality

One of the features distinguishing post-Polokwane political developments has been the attack on constitutionalism and legality. Continue reading

Billy Downer SC. Critique of withdrawal of Zuma prosecution


The Challenges of constitutionalism. Pierre de Vos on Breytenbach case

The Challenges of constitutionalism. Pierre de Vos on Breytenbach case

Guptagate, crises and contempt for the public. By Raymond Suttner

It is clear that very few people believe government’s explanation for the illegal landing of the Gupta wedding party at a key military installation in Waterkloof. There are very few people who accept that the handful of individuals who have been fingered would undertake such a massive breach of security on their own. Continue reading

The Zuma era in ANC history: new crisis or new beginning?


Periodisation, Cultural Construction and Representation of ANC Masculinities through Dress, Gesture and Indian Nationalist Influence*

This is a scholarly article, which draws on ANC history and Indian influences on that history and the struggle in general, through various cultural lenses, notably dress and various gestures.  Click on link that follows:Dress