France's Macron says colonialism was 'grave mistake'

2019-12-22 10:40

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said "colonialism was a grave mistake," and called for "turning the page" on the past during a visit to Ivory Coast, a former French colony in West Africa.

Jeremy Cronin: No excuse for Zille's hatchet-job analysis of state capture

2019-08-14 05:00

It's naïve to simplistically divide the ANC into "good guys" and "bad guys". Things are much more complex than that, writes Jeremy Cronin.

Oxford University is hiring a researcher to study its colonial past – inspired by SA’s ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ movement

2019-03-22 15:21

St John's College at Oxford University will pay a postdoctoral researcher around R1.2 million over two years to see what role it played in British colonialism, and it credits South African activism for the growing need to do so.

The systems of oppression we cannot ignore

2019-01-29 11:44

Because of our separation from our roots we have lost our languages; we do not remember our cultures and traditions, writes Mcebo Dlamini.

On decolonisation: We are black first before we become students

2019-01-24 06:01

Any attempt to fight for decolonisation of universities without locating it within the broader society will be meaningless and unsustainable, writes Mcebo Dlamini.

DA caucus says Public Protector’s report on Zille must go to ‘another post box’

2018-07-04 22:13

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report on Western Cape premier Helen Zille's tweets about colonialism will not be entertained by the provincial legislature, says DA chief whip Mark Wiley.

Helen Zille's tweet unconstitutional?

2018-06-12 11:49

It is clear that the Public Protector, with all her purported legal expertise, forgot to read the Preamble to the Constitution of our country.

Who's allowed to speak about colonialism?

2018-04-01 00:00

In her first solo exhibition on the continent, interdisciplinary artist and scholar Grada Kilomba negotiates the dynamics of speaking that which is unspeakable about colonialism, gender and the hierarchy of knowledge – not only in terms of what shouldn’t be spoken or cannot be spoken, but in terms of what happens when we do so, writes Michelle Solomon.

The second scramble for Africa – our continent is a sitting duck

2017-11-09 11:36

If the world ever entered another era of anarchy, Africa would be defenceless against a potential second scramble … and this time around, it would be utterly ruthless, writes Robert J. Traydon.

Zille's tweet: An alternative narrative

2017-04-20 12:44

There seem to be general consensus that Helen Zille was completely wrong with her recent “colonialist tweet”. Here's another way of looking at it.


OPINION | Violence against foreigners linked to South Africa's failure to address urban legacy of apartheid

2019-09-10 22:14

Poor immigrants, documented or undocumented, are occupying the vacuums that arise when urban planning does not decolonise the city properly, writes Nanjala Nyabola.

Hlumelo Biko: On Black Panther and the continuous struggle for self-determination

2019-04-15 16:00

In 2018 I took my son to watch the film Black Panther, thinking that I would be exposing him to something that would make him more (as the kids say these days) 'woke'. But I was the one whose eyes were opened.

UN experts say Belgium needs to apologise for colonialism

2019-02-12 09:01

UN experts say that racial discrimination "is endemic" in Belgium's institutions and that the nation needs to apologise for crimes committed during its colonisation of Congo.

The claim that democracy fares better in the West than in Africa is a fallacy

2019-01-25 16:00

More people vote in some African countries than in some in the West. South Africa does more to promote women’s participation than most Western countries.

Chicken Licken’s ‘Big John’ ad has been banned as ‘triggering’ on colonialism

2018-12-18 09:11

Colonialism is too sensitive a subject to turn on its head and humorously show a young black South African discovering Europe, the Advertising Regulatory Board says.

Did the Public Protector misapply the law on Zille's tweets?

2018-06-12 11:54

Legal experts have slammed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane announcement that she has found that a tweet about colonialism by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is in violation of the Constitution.

Kudzanai Chiurai's new exhibition looks at the madness of colonisation

2018-04-22 00:00

In his exhibition Madness and Civilization, Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai explores the cyclical nature of struggle, liberation and freedom. For Yolisa Qunta it’s a fresh look at familiar themes.

ANC power struggle shows that South Africa is not exceptional (after all)

2018-02-12 09:11

South Africa finds itself in its current situation because the country has succumbed to nationalist, chauvinist, patriarchal and elite interests, writes Cheryl Hendricks.

SA has been re-colonised and we don't even know it

2017-07-10 08:19

South Africa has been re-colonised in a crafty and genius plan that has had the ANC give up control of one government department after another after another, writes Howard Feldman.

What is colonialism to us?

2017-04-06 11:57

In case you were not aware, it is colonialism which invented race to serve the ends of conquest. Apartheid’s contribution was to sharpen its venom with unparalleled intensity, writes Charles Ngwena.

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