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 …

Farmers’ #BlackMonday protest finds little support on Twitter

  Race is politics, and it’s been a while since I’ve put up a politics-related post. Even the recent twelfth cabinet reshuffle by our president was not enough to prompt me to write up something new since we’d seen all the mayhem and reckless disregard for the well-being of our …

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 …

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 …