Latest articles on Gavin Evans

‘Skin Deep’ peels race science

This book is an important fightback against the re-emergence of  racist genetic determinism

Black Brain, White Brain: The new wave of racist science

The last decade has seen a revival of a very old and long-discredited idea: that intelligence is influenced by racial origin.

Fear and Lothian in Westminster

Big promises were made to keep Scotland in the union, now it’s time for backpedalling.

Slovo, First biography – Bedfellows of a different feather

Alan Wieder's biography on Joe Slovo and Ruth First focuses on the couple's relationship, their different personalities and opposing views.

Bonds of tribal loyalty loosen

Ronnie Kasrils names his comrades in the fourth edition of his book about the struggle. Other than that, not much is new.

Reliving apartheid’s dying days

Donald McRae's ability as a story­teller turns the everyday into the exceptional.

From fighter to writer:James Kilgore is free and flourishing

The man who evaded arrest for 27 years tells <b>Gavin Evans</b> about his life on the run, his remorse and his unshakable links to South Africa.

Camp and cowardice

The British National Party (BNP), the premier neo-fascist organisation in the United Kingdom, is reeling from worse-than-expected results in local elections last week -- not least in London, where the campaign was coordinated by some- time South African Arthur Kemp. Forty-one-year-old Kemp's high point of notoriety came from his role in the assassination of Chris Hani in 1993.

Why I joined the party (and why I don’t hang my head in shame)

I joined quite late in the day: December 1986. For Martin Amis -- whose new memoir on Stalinism, Koba the Dread, has been making waves in Britain -- this sentence should be followed by reams of penance. After all, by then I could hardly claim ignorance.

Two faces of Mokaba

Selective amnesia is a useful tool for political survival -- not least when it comes to remembering the dead. So it is that African National Congress leaders have been falling over themselves in the effusiveness of their praise for Peter Mokaba, following his death last Sunday morning.

A winning solution

The African National Congress has deftly turned certain defeat into a minor triumph with its right turn on a renewed sports boycott.

Mandela did tell MDM of FW talks

The MDM had prior knowledge that jailed African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela was about to meet State President FW de Klerk.

Was Webster a victim of the hunger strike success?

The hit squad that killed David Webster carried out their attack with ruthless efficiency. Many believe the police are responsible for his death.

Tensions rise after guerrillas mortar radar post

The African National Congress mortar attack on a South African Defence Force radar installation in the Western Transvaal.

The hunger strike has ended

The nine-week-old detainees hunger strike has ended.

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Luxor Paints loses CCMA case, must pay workers R40-m in back pay

Some of the 181 workers were dismissed for carrying sticks during a strike, others were dismissed even though they weren’t at the picket, but were deemed guilty by association

Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

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