African National Congress

Manichean Delirium (In the Time of Jacob Zuma)

Jacob Zuma

An essay by Richard Pithouse that, drawing on Frantz Fanon, looks at Manichaeism as ideology in the postcolony. The essay makes specific reference to South Africa under Jacob Zuma and was first published in The Con.

South Africa: Land Expropriation from Below Faces Brutal Repression

The Women's Riot in Cato Manor, Durban, 1959

As the ruling African National Congress promises, with an eye on a coming election and the collapse in its popular support under Jacob Zuma, to expropriate land without compensation urban land occupations continue, and continue to face serious repression from the ruling party and the state.

A return to repression in Durban: activist shot in the back

After the conviction and sentencing of two ANC councillors for the murder of an Abahlali baseMjondolo activist in May 2016 there was a marked decline in the repression faced by Abahlali baseMjondolo. But the recent shooting of an activist in the Bhambayi land occupation seems to mark a return to repression.

The capacities of the people versus a predominant, militarist, ethno-nationalist elite: democratisation in South Africa c. 1973 - 1997

United Democratic Front

From the early 1970s until the end of apartheid there was a major popular democratic surge in South Africa.