South Africa and the Special Military Operation in Ukraine

Dmitry Bokarev Relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa, which have always been cordial, are now being put to the test. This is due to the start of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. Many countries around the world are engaged in a public debate about Russia’s actions. South Africa, considered…

BRICS: A Bulwark Against Polarization and Cold War Mentalities

Hamzah Rifaat Hussain At the opening session of the meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Chinese President Xi Jinping called upon member states to reject Cold War mentalities and bloc confrontations. The organization which was founded in 2006 has since evolved into an excellent platform for newly industrialized countries and emerging economies to…

BRICS Joint Statement on Strengthening Cooperation and Solidarity

BRICS Joint Statement on “Strengthen BRICS Solidarity and Cooperation, Respond to New Features and Challenges in International Situation” 1. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa met on 19 May 2022 in…

South Africa: Death, and Survival Haunt Stricken Shack Dwellers

Chris Makhaye 14 April 2022: Simon Mdletshe and his two boys, Ntuthuko and Ntokozo Zwane, clean the main road at Ntuzuma, which is just north of Durban in the eThekwini metro. Glad to be alive but burdened by the deaths of loved ones and neighbours as well as the trauma of their own narrow escape,…

Fascism Spoken Softly Does Not Soften its Blows

New Frame Editorial As xenophobic mobilisation escalates, democracy appears increasingly fragile. A new vision of emancipation rooted in a politics of solidarity is needed now more than ever. The broader unemployment rate is 46.2%. Almost two million of the jobs lost in the lockdowns during the severely mishandled Covid-19 crisis have not returned. Millions of…

South African State Escalates Repression Against Shack Dwellers’ Movement

Pavan Kulkarni Abahlali baseMjondolo has been targetted with heavy repression and violence by state security forces as well as thugs from the ruling ANC party. Photo: Abahlali baseMjondolo In the wake of the assassination of two activists from Abahlali baseMjondolo, six members of the movement have been charged with murder The six members of Abahlali…

Persecuted Leader of South Africa’s Shack Dweller Movement Assassinated

Pavan Kulkarni Ayanda Ngila, the twice imprisoned deputy chairperson of eKhenana occupation of Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM), was shot dead on March 8. Photo: Abahlali baseMjondolo The 29-year-old deputy chairperson of Abahlali baseMjondolo’s eKhenana occupation was killed in Durban by four gunmen, allegedly led by the son of the local chief of the ruling ANC, against…

South Africa: A Place of Hope in a Time of Spiraling Crisis

Nigel C Gibson Illustrator: Anastasya Eliseeva The eKhenana occupation in Cato Manor, Durban, is a significant site in the struggle for a South Africa that respects the humanity of all. South Africa has many moments in its long history of struggle that are recognised internationally as turning points. These include the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, the…

What Comes After National Liberation Movements?

Imraan Buccus Egypt will celebrate the centenary of its independence from Britain in February. About 70 years ago, liberation began to sweep across the rest of Africa. December 1951 marked the independence of Libya. Ghana won its independence in 1957. The Congo followed in 1960, Tanzania in 1961, Algeria in 1962, Kenya in 1963 and…

Why South Africans Are Refusing the COVID Vaccine

As new data about the Omicron variant is interpreted (and perhaps predictably, misinterpreted) by experts worldwide, South Africa has become a coronavirus case-study under global surveillance. Last week, UnHerd spoke to Pieter Streicher about the data coming out of Gauteng, but we now wanted to look at the bigger picture in that country. To get…

S’bu Zikode: Food Sovereignty from the Perspective of the Urban Poor

Peoples Dispatch Abahlali baseMjondolo president S’bu Zikode speaking to members of the movement. Photo: Abahlali baseMjondolo Presentation by S’bu Zikode to the United Nations Food Systems Summit: A Critical dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food on 16 September 2021 On the occasion of World Food Day and the 25-year anniversary…

Food Sovereignty from the Perspective of the Urban Poor

Abahlali baseMjondolo The food solidarity programme at kwaMzize, Eastern Cape. Presentation by S’bu Zikode to the United Nations Food Systems Summit: A Critical dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food on 16 September 2021 May I express my appreciation to the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and all organisers of this important discussion….

South Africa: Not Even the Dead

New Frame Our history of violence accumulates into the present as time slips by, and taints the future too. There must be decisive action against all political murders, old and new alike. South Africa is one of the most violent countries on the planet. We have the highest rate of rape recorded anywhere in the…

Fighting Hunger in Joburg, One Meal at a Time

Magnificent Mndebele 24 August 2021: Children from Organic Market shack settlement, near Bramley View in Johannesburg, stand in line waiting at the food kitchen, which serves breakfast and lunch five days a week. Sanny Mashigo, 48, cooks and sells food to industrial workers around Strydom Park in Randburg, in the northwest of Johannesburg. But when…

Marikana: The Struggle for Breath and Dignity

Bonile Bam 31 July 2021: Former mine employee Bongani Mpofu says life in Marikana is hard for its impoverished residents. (Photographs by Bonile Bam) The Marikana area in North West province may be rich in platinum group metals, but the profits from mining them do not benefit residents, who have little hope of improving their…

A Scheme of Legitimation: South Africa’s Revisionism

 Thand’Olwethu Dlanga South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) government is exhibiting the past in the present by forging narratives, images, metaphors and symbols to create a specific perspective. The purpose of that perspective is to make sense of the past in ways that render their actions in the present more plausible. They sanction struggle…