Parties must forego ideological rigidity and compromise for the common good, says Mpho Phalatse about making coalitions work.
Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. The war has claimed over 800 civilian lives with millions displaced, according to the UN. When the war first started there was strong condemnation of the invasion from Africans but then it stopped. What followed has been an attitude of indifference.
This year the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed under the theme – “Voices for Action against Racism” – and calls on everyone to listen closely, speak out loudly, and act decisively against racism and racial prejudices.
The party of socialist Black Consciousness has fresh leaders and a pact with the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania to begin working on the local level to create a viable and radical Left.
Russia’s invasion of its West-leaning neighbour revives Cold War faultlines and shows its influence across the continent.
Kenyan Lady Justice Martha Koome launched a Sexual and Gender-based Violence court at the Shanzu Law Courts in Mombasa. The court will be similar to those in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia in its management and prosecution of SGBV cases.
Kenyans are facing a pandemic of demolitions and evictions which are being carried out inhumanely. The demolitions are often illegal, conducted without a court order, with no consultation and no three-month advance warning. The evictions have been criticised, with calls for a paradigm shift from a war against the poor to war against poverty.
On March 23 in 1942, Guyanese historian and Pan-African Marxist revolutionary Dr. Walter Rodney was born, he would have turned 80 this year. Rodney was assassinated in 1980. His image, voice, and canonical works will continue to be a testament and witness to the yearning of the human condition for freedom and redemption.
Sparked by Jacob Zuma loyalists but spurred by infighting and impoverishment, the 2021 riots show a society trapped between predator politics and state abandonment.