Ramaphosa said that the IFP leader had helped end the violence which had gripped the country ahead of the 1994 polls.
The founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party’s greatest fear was to be recorded as being on the wrong side of history
An accomplished orator, historian and custodian of Zulu tradition and culture, Buthelezi was perhaps one of the most contradictory figures in South African politics
When South Africans compare their situation today to that under apartheid, they ignore the distressing stories heard at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
According to Statistics South Africa’s report, the largest increase in employment over the quarter stemmed from the Western Cape at 6.9%
The family believes that the truth may come out, 45 years after the academic was assassinated
No matter the quality of the work inquiries do, they are designed to create a simulacrum of accountability, of justice. They appease the public
Ingrid Evita Williamson is a psychiatrist praised for her kindness. But for nearly 50 years she has been the devoted wife of Craig Williamson, the security policeman who admitted responsibility for political murders
In 2021, there were 16 different understandings of the concept. At the top of the list is the understanding of reconciliation as forgiveness. This is understandable but problematic.
CA Davids’s new novel, ‘How to Be a Revolutionary’ is a soulful, lyrical fictional guide to turbulent times
Most South Africans believe the report into state capture must be followed up to ensure that those responsible for rampant corruption are held accountable
The hardest part of reckoning is the reckoning and where the archbishop is resented it is not for the ways in which the TRC failed but those in which it succeeded and brought an unfathomable past into a flawed present, writes Elisha Kunene.
‘The Arch’ never stopped joking as he fought oppression locally and globally, writes Thembisa Fakude.
Tutu’s influence on South Africa has been immense, offering hope for a brighter future while never shirking the responsibility of doing what is needed to achieve it
Reconciliation requires hard work to create restitution and atonement. But it can only happen on an individual level, not a national or group level.
The problem with a racial superiority complex is that it does not come to an end with the abolishment of discriminatory laws but finds its expression informally
The regime’s last president may have ushered in democracy but he refused to take responsibility for the deeds of his National Party government
Empowering the poor should be what underlies every debate and policy adopted in South Africa
The reopened inquest into the death in detention of Dr Hoosen Haffejee in 1977 has heard that the “pliant” magistrate at the original inquest, Trevor Blunden, ignored evidence that he was badly assaulted to exonerate the security police torturers who killed him. Haffejee, a Pietermartizburg-born dentist, died in detention at the Brighton Beach police station […]
Author and academic Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela spoke to Nicolene de Wee about the government’s failure to heal a broken country
The NPA and the Hawks are allocating people and resources to investigate apartheid-era crimes that have gone unpunished, but not everyone is altogether happy about it.
The former apartheid security police officer’s attempt to use political interference as a reason not to stand trial for murder has failed
Lawyer, author and political activist Dumisa Ntsebeza talks to Nicolene de Wee about his appointment as judge of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. He also discusses his work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, how meditation helps him cope with trauma and his love of James Bond movies. How would you describe […]
The former Security Branch officer is asking the SCA for a permanent stay of appeal in the prosecution of the murder of Ahmed Timol in 1971
Saho’s Omar Badsha believes in the power of people telling their own stories, but more funding to support this practice is crucial
Taking its cues from the dimming of the hope suggested by rainbowism, ‘A New Country’ attempts to articulate the depths of betrayal South Africans feel
The renowned South African photographer understood how to look for the tucked-away spaces that were the sources of both light and dark
International crimes must be prosecuted and domestic jurisdictions are well placed to do this. Domestic prosecutions based on universal jurisdiction are on the rise
These 18 stories from members of MK’s Ashley Kriel detachment teach the meaning of sacrifice
Physical and psychological violence will continue unless we self-reflect on our apartheid scars
Corporations and banks that aided the apartheid regime have not been brought to book, so they continue to act with impunity
He’s apologised now, but my week was ruined when I had to delve into his past