Rivonia Trial

February 11 1990: Mandela’s media conquest

Nelson Mandela’s release from prison was also South Africa’s first ‘media event’. And, despite the NP’s, and the SABC’s, attempt to control the narrative, the force of Madiba’s personality meant that he emerged as a celebrity

Accused #2 back in the dock

A virtual reality film about the Rivonia Trial points to the loss of our historical records

Mlangeni unearths the land of his father

This week Lucas Ledwaba talks to ANC stalwart Andrew Mlangeni about his experience of dispossession and land restitution

Idolised, immobilised and vilified

Winnie Mandela threw in her lot with patriarchy but, when measured against its benchmarks of a ‘good woman’, she was found to be flawed.

Marxism of a special type

His dissident views made him a renegade communist, but a new biography confirms Harold Wolpe as an influential radical voice.

Remove the fly in the ANC’s leadership jam

Rivonia trialist Denis Goldberg says patronage in the ANC is a threat to democracy, and that the party needs new leaders.

Lawsuit seeks proof of CIA meddling in Mandela’s arrest

An American student has filed a lawsuit against the CIA to unearth the exact level of the agency's complicity in the 1962 arrest of Nelson Mandela.

Mlangeni: Do not weep for Madiba

Andrew Mlangeni, fellow Rivonia trialist and Robben Island inmate, says Nelson Mandela "exuded" leadership based on "collective" thinking.

George Bizos: Mandela’s trial and tribulations

Advocate George Bizos, Nelson Mandela's lawyer, confidant and friend, describes the icon's selfless strategy during the Rivonia Trial.

It’s a story of love and forgiveness

The "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" director Justin Chadwick talks to the M&G's Shaun de Waal about making the long-awaited film.

A treasure trove of?detail, but some loose threads

Historian and former communist activist Paul Trewhela takes issue with aspects of Bob Hepple’s autobiography.

From Rivonia to Marikana

George Bizos, who turns 84 in November, has intimate knowledge of the extremes written into the country's violent past and present.


State capture commission granted a 13-month extension

Judge Wendy Hughes says this is the final extension because finality is "owed to the nation"

eThekwini commuters pay for council’s contracts

Perhaps a commission of inquiry can shine the spotlight on public transport in Durban, where bus and taxi passengers have to contend with fare increases and disrupted services

Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip: The guerilla priest

From his adventures with Steve Biko to his support for shack dwellers in KwaZulu-Natal, Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip has always walked the talk of radical Christianity

Press Releases

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs