Forthcoming documentary: On 26 April 2017, Julius vs the ANC will broadcast South Africa’s political turmoil on Witness, Al Jazeera English. Rehad Desai’s authored documentary condenses five years of volatile South African politics into 48 disturbing minutes. The film explores various issues from the police killing of 34 striking mineworkers at Marikana in 2012, the rise of Julius Malema, to the various protests that have rocked South Africa and the ongoing power contestations.
The opening of the South African parliament shocked many across the continent. The State of the Nation Address (SONA) was marred by traumatic violent scenes in the house, expletives were exchanged by legislators, MPs for the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) disrupted proceedings and the speaker ordered for their removal, which turned violent. While the disruption of President Jacob Zuma’s address could be seen more as political antics at play, the violence is a cause for concern for a country trying to heal from a violent past, a history which continues to affect the society.
An interview with Chumile Sali, an activist with the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), a mass member-based social movement on state-civil society relations in South Africa
The death of longtime Cuban ruler Fidel Castro last month led to tributes for the larger-than-life revolutionary leader from all over the world. In Africa, from the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa to Harare and Pretoria, leaders praised Castro’s contribution to anti-colonial struggles on the continent.
The 8% decline in the voters’ support for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party between 2011 and 2016 represents a fundamental shift in South African politics. Much has been written on the implications for the ANC and the country, but a significant and under-reported short-term impact relates to the implications for budget expenditure and service delivery at a local level. Senior economists Conrad Barberton, Carmen Abdoll and researcher Chandre Gould explain.
On the eve of the most heavily contested local government election in the history of South Africa, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is a predictable mass of contradictions. But who is honestly surprised by this? And does it really matter?
Disclaimer: a full stadium does not necessarily translate into votes. Two weekends ago, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) put on what can only be described as a very impressive show. First to launch its manifesto was the African National Congress (ANC), followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA). The latter fared better in terms of attracting a crowd, but neither managed to fill a stadium.