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.
From undemocratic laws to violence, Brendan Boyle explores how South Africa’s mine-hosting communities continue to be silenced by mining companies operating in the country’s former homelands.
Olebogeng Motene, a Bua (Speak Out!) community activist, spoke with the Heinrich Böll Foundation about her work.
The disastrous reign of South African Police Service (SAPS) National Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, will hopefully come to an end very soon.
The structures of segregation are still alive in South Africa, nationally, regionally and globally. Preserving the memory of them as if they are gone is a means by which we pretend that they do not still function in our every day. Sometimes it takes the shit to hit the fan to realise that we have to clean house
After a five-month court case, there is now a five-week wait for verdict. Beyond its obvious importance for the victim and her family, the Pistorius trial has been a colossal waste of time and consumed massive media resources best deployed elsewhere.
Convened for the first time after the 2014 election, South Africa’s fifth democratic parliament soon degenerated into a fracas. As predicted, it was Julius Malema, the headline grabber since he entered opposition party politics, at the centre of the havoc.
More than 80,000 mineworkers are currently engaged in the longest strike in South African history, demanding a ‘living wage’ of $1,215 a month. A nationwide campaign to support their cause is gaining momentum as negotiations drag on.