Coligny and the wounded South African psyche

The story of Coligny is the story of the tragic death of Faki Mosweu and the subsequent light that it shone on the raw wound that is South African race relations. South Africa recently experienced overlapping waves of protests, perhaps the most prominent of which was centered around the small farming …

Anti-Zuma marches: a battle of two narratives

The recent protest marches in response to President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle (see initial responses to that here) represent the largest mass action by South Africans since 1994. Whether or not you support the marches depends on your interpretation of the agenda behind them. After sifting through roughly 800,000 tweets about the …

Eighteen times white South Africans fought the system

As our country faces unprecedented civil action against our president, I thought I’d write up an article to demonstrate to my white countrymen that we do in fact have a history of resistance to draw inspiration from when others try to undermine or deny our right to civil action. Some events …

Transformation of the South African judiciary

Judges Matter is a very important organisation in South Africa as they bring attention and transparency to the judiciary. They have just released a great infographic showing the race breakdown of our judiciary, which is one of the most important pillars of our constitution and society. While white judges are still …

Initial reactions to finance minister, Pravin Gordhan’s, trip recall

President Jacob Zuma dropped a major political bombshell yesterday when he recalled his arch-nemesis, finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas (who had allegedly previously refused a bribe from the Gupta brothers), from their international roadshow promoting South Africa in the UK and US. Speculation is rife around …

Why do young people think that South Africa is struggling?

The hashtag #WhySAIsStruggling became quite popular For a few days last week. I collected 1,704 tweets that contained the hashtag over a couple of days. Here are the hourly tweet volumes to give you an idea of how the hashtag was picked up: I thought that this dataset would give …

Twitter’s reaction to the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA)

The president’s annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) is a highlight within the South African political calendar but for all the wrong reasons. Rather than a gathering that celebrates our country’s progress, the SONA has become a battleground where opposition parties demonstrate their disdain for the ANC and its leader,  President …