A society divided: land, farm attacks and #WhiteGenocide

[Note that the caption for the image at the top of this page should read “A campaign to raise awareness on farm murders. Photo: Twitter/Marius Müller” Source: eNCA. For some reason, WordPress won’t let me add a caption to this image] This is a difficult article to write, mostly because the …

The case for and against Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

I had recently looked up the ‘Winnie’ documentary out of interest. While the documentary left me thinking, it did not resonate with me in the way that it has on Twitter over the past few days. If you haven’t seen it, The Daily Maverick has a good summary of its …

A visual summary of ‘The President’s Keepers’ by Jacques Pauw

Like many South Africans, a copy of, Jacques Pauw’s, sensational exposé, “The President’s Keepers“, found its way unbidden onto my phone towards the end of 2017. The book details former-president Jacob Zuma’s corrupt shadow state. Just a week after its release, the State Security Agency (SSA) threatened to have it …

Hope and propaganda at the ANC54 elective conference

A milestone occurred in our country in December 2017 at the ANC54 national elective conference. We took a major step towards recovering from the massive-scale, state capture project that has slowly bled our country dry for the past decade when Cyril Ramaphosa was chosen as the new president of the …

Clash of the titans: South African hip-hop on Twitter

The only thing that South Africans love talking about more than politics is music; especially hip-hop. This blog is concerned with all things South African – politics, history, music and culture; often analysed through the lens of data. One of the biggest parts of our culture is our music, and …

Songs that tell South Africa’s history part 2: after 1980

In the first part of this series, we took a tour through several songs released before 1980 which captured some aspect of South African history. In the second and final part of this series, we are going to take a look at songs released after 1980 that describe either specific …

Songs that tell South Africa’s history part 1: before 1980

Superlinear mostly focuses on politics but I also have a passion for South African music and history. What better way to combine these latter two passions than to create a (necessarily incomplete) list of South African songs that capture a piece of our history? Each song below describes a part …