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Richard Pithouse

Richard Pithouse

    A hard and perilous road ahead for SA
    A hard and perilous road ahead for SA
    There is now a widespread sense that South Africa is in serious trouble. The fantasy that the authoritarian kleptocracy that festered during the...
    Johnny Clegg in retrospect: It all began with Juluka
    Johnny Clegg in retrospect: It all began with Juluka
    This piece by Richard Pithouse was first published in the Mail & Guardian in October 2000 to mark the 21st anniversary of Universal Men, the...
    Johnny Clegg: Rebel, intellectual, musician
    Johnny Clegg: Rebel, intellectual, musician
    In death, the artist begins the process of becoming a collective ancestor for South Africans and others around the world whose lives have been...
    South Africa must avoid authoritarian solutions
    South Africa must avoid authoritarian solutions
    In 1975 Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi found herself confronting escalating popular ferment and declared a state of emergency. In his...
    Avoid a Modi authoritarian solution for South Africa
    Avoid a Modi authoritarian solution for South Africa
    In 1975, Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi found herself confronting popular ferment and declared a state of emergency. In his compelling new...
    ANC factions rely on silence from the poor
    ANC factions rely on silence from the poor
    Last month, in an interview published in the Mail &...
    A hundred years on and I see you, ICU
    A hundred years on and I see you, ICU
    CLR James, the great Caribbean intellectual, published two books in 1938. The first, The Black Jacobins, is an account of the Haitian Revolution...
    Postcolony SA needs to work out a new way
    Postcolony SA needs to work out a new way
    Reading the archive left by the struggles against colonialism and apartheid is a sobering experience. These days the host of grand visions for the...
    Exclusion will continue to fuel corruption
    Exclusion will continue to fuel corruption
    For years, we have been subjected to an avalanche of stories revealing just how deeply corruption is entrenched in our society.
    A genuine democracy is needed
    A genuine democracy is needed
    For several years, the relentless focus on the rapidly worsening debacle of Jacob Zuma’s presidency offered considerable cover to Economic...
    Elitism remains the enemy of democracy
    Elitism remains the enemy of democracy
    For millions of people, South Africa is what Frantz Fanon called “a nonviable society”. Systemic unemployment makes it somewhere between...
    Reject the grotesque logic of oppression
    Reject the grotesque logic of oppression
    Popular revolt has often sought to subvert authority by presenting it as grotesque. But when authority manifests in the shape of figures such as...