Richard Pithouse

Paulo Freire in South Africa

Paulo Freire

This short essay examines Paulo Freire's extraordinary influence in popular democratic politics in South Africa and in the 1970s and 1980s.

Being Human After 1492

Viccisitudes, Underwater - sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor

Essay first published in The Con, Johannesburg, in response to the election of Donald Trump.

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.

Escalating Political Violence in South Africa

Abahlali baseMjondolo funeral in Durban

An article from the mainstream media in South Africa on escalating political violence including assassinations, police murders and violence from local party structures.

No Easy Path Through the Embers

A reflection on the repression of Abahlali baseMjondolo at the hands of the ANC in the wake of the case against the Kennedy 12 being thrown out of court.

Revolution Comes Like a Thief in the Night

Mohamed Bouzazi

A reflection on the revolts in North Africa.

The enduring rationality of revolt

Abahlali baseMjondolo Road Blockade in Khayeltisha, Cape Town, 19 October 2010

A defence of the road blockade as a tactic.

Rethinking Public Participation from Below

A red flag raised in a Johannesburg squatter settlement

A critique of 'civil society' - and left collaboration with it.

The Degeneration of the African National Congress

Working Together We Can Do More....Evictions? Arrests? Banning of Protests?

A critique of the corruption and authoritarianism within the ANC.