Tag: South Africa

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 […]

I was 7 years old when the first democratic elections took place in South Africa. I wept, because I was not old enough to vote and wanted to be a part of history in the making. It was a big day for me, not only because of the excitement and joy I saw all around […]

Earlier this month, it was brought to light that Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela has not kept up with maintenance payments for two of his children. This allegedly came up following a tweet in which he said that he was thinking of buying a new Jeep, something that had angered the mother of the 2 children […]

The stench of burning tyres and teargas fills the air and police vehicles can be seen all over the place. The sound of rubber bullets being fired echoes in my ears. For a moment, it feels like I am in a scene straight out of Sarafina, but then reality thankfully takes over. I remember then […]

It is very scary how when one speaks of hunger and poverty, many South Africans seem to believe the problem is ‘elsewhere’- with some even referring to countries such as Somalia and Ethiopia when the topic is brought up. Reality is, even here in our very own land- a country in which the right to […]

We often hear of service delivery protests in South Africa and for many; they are little more than an inconvenience to the rest of us- creating unnecessary strife and disorder in the country. How many of us take the time to really get to know what these protests are really about and the context that […]