Yunus Momoniat

Yunus Momoniat

    The ambiguous image

    If these images were not captured, our collective memories would be impoverished, restricted to middle-class everydayness.

    Funky ha-ha from half a Dadaist

    When I first saw that Paris/Joburg consisted of four wind instruments, two drummers, two vocalists and a bassist, my heart sank a little.

    A heritage that shames us

    The idealism of SA's anti-apartheid struggle is in danger of dissolving in the acid of pragmatism, warns public intellectual Darshan Vigneswaran.

    From Marx to Gandhi

    One of the most significant developments in the recent history of our species is the emergence of an ethic of reconciliation. So argues Ari Sitas, a professor of sociology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He sees it as a post-World War II and post-colonial phenomenon that embraces the "Mandela moment" and more.

    Accumulating knowledge

    Mcebisi Ndletyana's book African Intellectuals in 19th and Early 20th Century South Africa is an attempt to present a history of the accumulation of knowledge capital among black South Africans. Yunus Momoniat looks at figures who were builders of an intellectual, moral and political infrastructure in South Africa.

    Mahomed was an architect of the UDF

    It is no accident that a meeting held to commemorate the life of Yunus Mahomed was attended by scores of luminaries from the African National Congress and the United Democratic Front (UDF). Current and former Cabinet ministers paid tribute to their comrade, who died of a heart attack on January 6.

    The logic of cruelty

    The most prolific thinkers are those who provide us with new concepts to think new realities, and Achille Mbembe is one of these. A professor of history and politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, he is more a philosopher than a political scientist or historian, but his works are the profound revelations they are because he synthesises all three of these with other disciplines.