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The ANC’s representational crises

The ANC’s representational crises

By: Raymond Suttner     23rd April 2019 The ANC led by President Cyril Ramaphosa may secure a majority or increase its share of the votes in May 8’s national elections. However, we are... 

Makhanda’s attack on Grahamstown

Makhanda’s attack on Grahamstown

By: Raymond Suttner     23rd April 2019 April 22 marks the bi-centenary of the attack on the British garrison in Grahamstown, led by warrior-prophet, Makhanda, in whose honour the town... 

Restoring ethics, trust and compassion into South African politics

Restoring ethics, trust and compassion into South African politics 

By: Raymond Suttner     8th April 2019 Many feel “depressed” or “disillusioned” and do not know what to do with their vote and do not see a way out of the current dissolute politics.... 

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Reclaiming political agency in a time of “choiceless democracy”

Reclaiming political agency in a time of “choiceless democracy”

By: Raymond Suttner     3rd April 2019 The ambiguity of ANC hegemony.  It is very likely that the national elections to be held on May 8 will be free and fair and also, that the ANC will... 

The Christchurch massacre: leadership in New Zealand and South Africa

The Christchurch massacre: leadership in New Zealand and South Africa

By: Raymond Suttner     25th March 2019 In the wake of the mosque massacres in Christchurch, New Zealand, many have admired the actions of New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. It... 

25 years of democracy (Part 5): xenophobia repudiates foundational values of democratic South Africa

25 years of democracy (Part 5): xenophobia repudiates foundational values of democratic South Africa

By: Raymond Suttner     19th March 2019 Why is xenophobia so important? Some readers may believe that the title of this article places too much weight on xenophobia.  It comprises a set... 

25 years of democracy part 4: decline of the liberation project

25 years of democracy part 4: decline of the liberation project

By: Raymond Suttner     11th March 2019 The impetus behind the writing of this article has been the exhortation on the part of many well-meaning people to exercise our civic duty and... 

25 years of democracy (part 3): Denial of dignity then and now

25 years of democracy (part 3): Denial of dignity then and now

By: Raymond Suttner     25th February 2019 “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of... 

25 years of democracy (Part 2): Debate, depoliticisation and absence of vision

25 years of democracy (Part 2): Debate, depoliticisation and absence of vision

By: Raymond Suttner     18th February 2019 There was a time when the struggle in South Africa was suffused with debate, contending positions being examined and questioned and many people... 

25 years of democracy (Part 1): ruptures and continuities

25 years of democracy (Part 1): ruptures and continuities

By: Raymond Suttner     11th February 2019 How is it that what seemed so promising in the inauguration of South African democracy, 25 years ago, has turned sour?  Should those who were... 

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