Bonile Bam’s exhibition at Bunting Road, Doornfontein, Soweto campuses


All the launches for the exhibition of Bonile Bam’s work have now been completed, though the work will still be exhibited for some two months. Continue reading

Raymond Suttner: Eis terug die demokrasie

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

Pallo Jordan, Mandela understood the complexities of his role

Raymond Suttner on the slow development of the young Nelson Mandela towards political consciousness

‘I was not born with a hunger to be free,’ Nelson Mandela writes in his autobiography. He immediately explains ‘I was born free-free in every way that I could know.

Mr Mandela by Trenton and Free Radical ft, with Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

Nelson Mandela, first TV interview, 1961

The interview was conducted while Mandela was underground and being hunted by the police. It is noteworthy for various reasons. In referring to the franchise, the interviewer refers to formal education as a requirement for political activity and Mandela makes it very clear that black people in South Africa understood their political aspirations, whether or not they had access to formal education, then generally denied under apartheid. The interview may also be the first time that Mandela indicates that the response of the apartheid regime was compelling the liberation movement to reconsider its previous commitment to purely non-violent forms of resistance.

Around this time, not having any idea who Mandela was, I used to catch the bus at the Cape Town parade to go to my school, which was in Newlands. There used to be notices at the bus stop referring to ‘any meeting in regard to Nelson Mandela.’ I did not know what that was about although I was fairly politically conscious. But I like many other whites was then cut off from what the ANC had to say

Nelson Mandela, statement from the Dock, Rivonia Trial 1964

Nelson Mandela, statement from the Dock, Rivonia Trial 1964

Nelson Mandela court statement, 1962 trial

Nelson Mandela court statement, 1962 trial

The ANC centenary

The ANC centenary

A scholarly article on the ANC centenary for International Affairs Chatham House

Rethinking National Democratic Revolution (NDR):the national question.

This paper is work in progress


(Mis)understanding Mandela. A review article


The ANC Underground. Books of Raymond Suttner- 2

Books of Raymond Suttner 2

The road ahead. February 1990

Video of Raymond Suttner speech to SANSCO/UDF at the University of the Western Cape