South Africa

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.

Decolonizing the Notion of Citizenship

Abahlali baseMjondolo outside the Durban City Hall - 8 October 2018

Phumlani Majavu reflects on xenophobia in South Africa and, drawing from popular radical movements, argues for the idea of citizenship to be decolonised.

Abahlali baseMjondolo march against assassinations in Durban

Abahlali baseMjondolo outside the Durban City Hall - 8 October 2018

More than 5 000 members of Abahlali baseMjondolo took to the streets of Durban yesterday to demand accountability for, and an end to, political violence being meted out against their comrades and other activists.

Not white genocide, not really land reform, not really farmers

This week the far right South African white genocide meme went mainstream via a Trump tweet, but apart from ‘no it’s not really white genocide’ fact checking there’s been little discussion of what’s actually going on.

Tearing racism up from its capitalist roots: An African anarchist-communist approach - by Bongani Maponyane (ZACF)

A take down of scientific racism, and analysis of the ongoing links between capitalism and racism in South Africa.

Abahlali baseMjondolo leader S’bu Zikode’s life is ‘in grave danger’

S'bu Zikode

Abahlali baseMjondolo continues to be subject to assassination in Durban. This article, from the Daily Maverick in Johannesburg, reports on recent threats to the movement.

Black Consciousness and the quest for true humanity - Steve Biko

Steve Biko's 1972/3 article on the Black Consciousness movement.

Steve Biko interviewed by Gail M. Gerhart, 1972

In October 1972, Steve Biko was employed by the black division of the Study Project of Christianity in Apartheid Society (SPRO-CAS), which had its office in the same building as the South African Student Organization (SASO) at 86 Beatrice Street, Durban. American political scientist Gail M. Gerhart interviewed Biko in those offices on October 24,1972, amid a constant flow of SASO people in and out.

Death threats at Abahlali baseMjondolo land occupation near Johannesburg

The Zikode Extension Land Occupation, East Rand, Johannesburg

On Tuesday 22 May 2018 Abahlali baseMjondolo militant S'fiso Ngcobo was assassinated in a land occupation near Durban. Today, Saturday 26 May, death threats, and the presence of armed men, have been reported in an Abahlali baseMjondolo land occupation outside Johannesburg,