When the University of Cape Town discovered skeletons in its archive that had been unethically obtained and used, they set about restoring justice to the bones and the community they came from.
The South African government and representatives of indigenous people and farming groups have signed a benefit-sharing agreement to ensure that members of the indigenous Khoisan community receive a percentage of the value for the growth and processing of rooibos as traditional knowledge holders.
South Africa marks 24 years of freedom amid continuous contests over over governance, economic justice as well as reconciliation and inclusion.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of South African struggle hero, Chris Hani. Hani was the South African Communist Party (SACP) secretary-general, and chief of staff of uMkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). He was a fierce opponent of the Apartheid regime. We remember the words of the struggle icon.
Zimbabwe has lost a hero with the passing of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (65), a colossal, brave and charismatic leader who tirelessly fought for democracy. Save, as Tsvangirai was affectionately known was undoubtedly the most effective opposition leader in Zimbabwe since independence. Tsvangirai dedicated his life to fighting autocracy. We share with you 10 of his profound quotes.
We remember and celebrate Steve Bantu Biko, the leader of the Black Consciousness movement born on 18, December, 1946 in Ginsberg Township, South Africa. Here are the quotes from the courageous leader who left behind an important legacy.
23 years ago on this day, the continent celebrated the swearing in of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in Pretoria as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. Mandela’s inauguration followed the historic first multiracial democratic elections held the previous month where about 22 million South Africans voted propelling the African National Congress (ANC) into power. As an African, how significant is this historical day to you?
Ahmed Kathrada, a South African struggle stalwart has passed on. Kathrada was among the eight accused, who were sentenced to life imprisonment during the Rivonia Trial between 1963-1964. He served 26 years in prison alongside Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. A man of dignity, and virtue, Kathrada’s death creates a huge vacuum in South Africa’s highly polarised political sphere. He will be greatly missed.
The legacy of violence that apartheid left in the country cannot go unnoticed and the process of healing and reconciliation cannot be abandoned. Unless underlying issues and root causes are addressed, South Africa will continue to be a country where violence is not a last but a first resort.