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Obituary: Literary allrounder Stephen Gray was a scholar, critic, novelist and poet

Stephen Gray made an immense, long contribution to the South African literary landscape across many genres, but it was poetry that he described as ‘the main activity of my life’

The other side of the cell

But what of the women who were employed to guard the detained activists during this time of struggle?

Apartheid killings and awkward questions

A book long in the making about controversial assassinations challenges official accounts

When you think of heroes, rather listen to your heart

‘This book is about how I was made by the liberation struggle and how I was broken by it’

The Russian Revolution: a reflection on the role of women revolutionaries

Recollections often revolve around images of powerful men but women have always been key participants in the Communist movement.

Lwandile Fikeni’s Ruth First speech on rage in the rainbow nation is indispensable

Rage is being expressed in response to institutional violence against the poor and the marginalised.

Leigh-Ann Naidoo: The anti-apartheid generation has become afraid of the future

The keynote address struck a chord with university students, who were encouraged to channel their discontent and use it to bring about change.

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.

Coup by the connected and corrupt

South Africa is a democratic touchstone in the new Africa. We are safe. But are we? Or have we perhaps been lulled into a false sense of security?

The First pan-African martyr

Ruth First pursued a better life for all Africans, but she was killed by a letter bomb 12 years before the liberation of her country.

Vavi questions Protection of Information Bill

Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi criticised the proposed Protection of Information Bill during the Ruth First memorial lecture on Tuesday.

The hidden citizens

Ruth First Fellowship winner and photographer Alon Skuy explains how he interpreted the theme of this year's Ruth First lecture.

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