I fought South African apartheid. I see the same brutal policies in Israel

As a Jewish South African anti-apartheid activist I look with horror on the far-right shift in Israel ahead of this month’s elections, and the impact in the Palestinian territories and worldwide. Israel’s repression of Palestinian citizens, African refugees and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza has become more brutal over time. Ethnic cleansing, land seizure, … Continue reading I fought South African apartheid. I see the same brutal policies in Israel

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NHI can now be referred to as ‘Ramaphosa-care’ — Motsoaledi

Health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says the National Health Insurance may now be referred to as “Ramaphosa-care”, as the president is now in charge of the Bill which will see government rolling out universal healthcare across the country. The Times reports that speaking from the ANC’s headquarters, Motsoaledi said the NHI was too big an issue to be dealt with … Continue reading NHI can now be referred to as ‘Ramaphosa-care’ — Motsoaledi

Reclaiming political agency in a time of ‘choiceless democracy’

Despite a very low level of trust, the ANC will probably win a national majority in the May elections. This is because the alternative parties are trusted even less and people fear — with or without good reason — they may lose what gains have been achieved, such as social grants. In this situation of … Continue reading Reclaiming political agency in a time of ‘choiceless democracy’

BEE inadvertently became ‘prime enabler of State Capture and corruption’ in South Africa

Instead of righting the economic wrongs of the past, BEE had the opposite effect as the economic plight and well-being of the vast majority worsened due to ill-conceived and poorly implemented legislation. It cannot be gainsaid that urgent economic redress of the previously disenfranchised majority was one of the government’s most pressing priorities post-1994 and … Continue reading BEE inadvertently became ‘prime enabler of State Capture and corruption’ in South Africa