To rebuild, the South African left must realize that there are no shortcuts to power.
With the globe-spanning rise of right-wing populism, there may be good reason to fear for South Africa’s fledgling democracy.
The New Apartheid, a new book by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, seeks to define a generational mission in South Africa. Instead, it shrouds our existing one in complete opacity.
If South Africa’s Left can’t find a way to channel popular discontentment into the building of mass progressive movements, it will instead morph into anarchy, nativism and, inevitably, authoritarianism.
Assuming today’s socioeconomic crisis benefits the Left is folly. That will only happen if we have the political vision to make class the fault line of social polarization, and for that we need to face the challenge of constructing a new party.
One of South Africa’s leading universities, UCT, released a curriculum change framework post-#RhodeMustFall. This is a critique by two alum.
South Africa’s President carries much hope. But fundamental change requires he radically restructures the state and the economy.
Improving socio-economic conditions may prove to be the precondition for fighting corruption.
To equate the rage of South African student protestors with the official brutality of the state is the bedrock of conservatism.