The excessive, indiscriminate force; arbitrary arrests and detentions that are currently taking place in our higher education institutions and surrounding areas, have put a spotlight on securitisation and militarisation. But neither is new, South Africa has for some time consistently been steadily securitising and militarising in various ways. Think of the way private security has […]


Technology can help change activism for the better. A few years ago, an isolated community in the North West province faced eviction from their land, but the power of the simple cellphone changed that. Cellphones harnessed the power to connect people in numbers, coordinate action, secure legal expertise, and engage the community, the media and […]


Siboniso*, a 21-year old from Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal, fears he might never receive a certificate for a National Diploma he completed at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). He is one of hundreds of graduates who instead of receiving confirmation of their qualifications, were handed statements with amount they respectively owe the institution. I am a National […]


Life Esidimeni’s Baneng Centre patients safe from relocation for now, but fight to safeguard the rights and dignity of those with chronic mental health disabilities continues. The deep inequality of South Africa has a huge impact on access to mental health services, particularly for those dependent on the public health system. It means that poorer […]


Unless you were only following SABC, visuals of protests in Tshwane recently filled a lot of our news. Barricaded township roads; burning buses and tyres; shops being looted and bystanders unable to get to work. The spark which triggered the protest action was the announcement of the ANC’s mayoral candidate, in the lead up to […]

Using Observatory Cape Town as an example, I wrote a piece about was how our city spaces are anti-poor, owing to collusion between the state and elites. Observatory Improvement District Vice Chairperson, Katharine McKenzie responded, underpinning my initial argument with the assertion that the formation of the improvement districts as a “democratic process”, which is undertaken […]