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A new vision of the postcolonial

In a speech to graduates at Rhodes University, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela said that reviewing accepted wisdoms can help to repair the past

Mandela left us the fabric for a new SA

He acted within a specific context and entrusted all South Africans to build the society we want

Answer our dreams, Mr President

Cyril Ramaphosa has ushered in a new dawn but poverty and inequality trip up our hopes

Not all is well with Zuma’s soul

The ANC Women's League asks us to pray for Jacob Zuma's return to power. But we should rather pray for a return to moral leadership

Rwanda draws strength from its pain

It is the end of the week of commemorative events throughout Rwanda to mark the 17th anniversary of the genocide of the Tutsi people.

Towards an anatomy of violence

Eugene de Kock's actions should not be reduced to 'evil', argues author and lecturer Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, who once interviewed the man.

Time for women to make history yet again

In her preface to Karina Turok’s book, <i>Life and Soul: Portraits of Women Who Move South Africa</i>, Mamphela Ramphele celebrates the strength of women, their resilience and resolve in the face of adversity. Echoing an earlier period of women’s struggle Ramphele reminds us of the resolute spirit that inspired 20 000 women to march to the Union Buildings in a direct challenge to apartheid oppression.

The power of forgiveness

Five South Africans were last month invited to address the first international conference on Restorative Justice and Peace in Colombia: Albie Sachs, Tutu, Penuell Maduna, Tokyo Sexwale and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela. "One could say we were in Colombia as ambassadors of South Africa's peaceful transition," writes Gobodo-Madikizela.

Repairing SA’s damaged psyche

The enactments of troubling incidents, such as necklace murders, that are beginning to emerge around South Africa are perhaps a cathartic way of putting into action the struggle to find language that expresses the frustrations, helplessness, disempowerment and dire poverty of people whose lives have become meaningless.

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