Brent Meersman

About the Author Brent Meersman

Brent Meersman is a novelist, the author of several books, a journalist and columnist, and a well-regarded theatre critic and performing arts writer.

South African President Jacob Zuma answers questions at the South African Parliament, on September 13, 2016, in Cape Town. Photo: ANP/ AFP Rodger Bosch
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The upside to Zuma’s presidency

Since the advent of democracy in South Africa, nothing has tested the country’s institutions as the rise of Jacob Zuma and his subsequent seemingly interminable term as president. Even in mature democracies, institutions can be savaged by a concerted assault by a head of state. The Bush White House was a good example. Given the national context, we should take heart at how many of South Africa’s institutions have shown courage and resilience, and how they are beginning to rebound.

An activist waves a rainbow flag, an international symbol for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Photo: Flickr/See-ming Lee
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What South Africans really think about gay rights and homosexuality

The results of a new study, A Survey of South African Attitudes to Homosexuality and Gender Non-Conformity, have just been released. Conducted by The Other Foundation and the Human Sciences Research Council the survey provides for the first time “statistically sound, nationally representative data” on the attitudes of South Africans to sexual orientation.