AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Trevor Manuel

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Friday, December 21st, 2012

Waiting for Superman*

South Africa’s Mail & Guardian reported a few days ago that the secretary of Shabir Shaik (the Jacob Zuma associate comvicted of fraud) once testified in court that her boss “has to carry a jar of Vaseline because he gets fucked all the time (by politicians), but that’s okay because he gets what he wants

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Struggles over memory in South Africa

Struggles over memory are commonplace in contemporary South Africa. The 1980s are an especially contested. That decade witnessed a mass resurgence of popular struggles that picked up a thread of civil opposition going back to the 1976...

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Skin Deep Politics

I finally had a chance to read Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s profile of Jacob Zuma that appeared in “The New Yorker” on the eve of the World Cup final. You need a password to read the piece. But don’t...

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Till Jesus Comes

Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s President, may not after all, rule as he promised “till Jesus comes“*.

Monday, August 24th, 2009

JACOB ZUMA IS A COMMUNIST

Surprise, surprise, 100 days into his tenure as South Africa’s newest President, Jacob Zuma is getting high marks from  the Financial Times. Like everyone else, before April’s elections the FT raised  “the specter of some new heart...