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A packed courtroom clapped after Judge Billy Mothle ruled that in 1971 the SACP’s Timol was pushed by members of the Security Branch out of a window in John Vorster’s 10th floor or off its roof,...
The chapter was taken from the book Pioneers of the Satyagraha, Indian South Africans Defy Racist Laws, 1907 - 1914 by E.S. Reddy and Kalpana Hiralal
Two different current Narratives refugeesTo many Afrikaans speaking white people in South Africa the narrative of what in South Africa is called ‘The 2nd Anglo Boer War’ (or just shortened to ‘The...
Author: Peter Dickens
CHENGIAH “ROGERS” RAGAVEN was an arts student at the University of Natal “Non-European” Section and became a close friend of Steve Biko. He was elected president of the university’s first black...
Barney Pityana and Steve Biko’s mother, Alice
While he was being detained in jail in Port Elizabeth, Barney Pityana read in a newspaper about Stephen Biko’s death. Forty years later, he recalls the shock and grief he felt that day, and how the...
Author: Barney Pityana
Publication date: 10 September 2017
Zuma survives in office once again – for now, Henning Melber, Pambazuka News, 17 August 2017
Johannesburg - The ANC headquarters in the Joburg CBD, Chief Albert Luthuli House, could be up for grabs soon after the Johannesburg High Court ordered the sheriff to auction the building. The order...
Author: SOLLY MAPHUMULO
Publication date: 20 AUGUST 2017
Publisher: IOL
Introduction On August 16 2012 the South African police shot and killed 34 striking miners at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana. Nearly three years later, on the afternoon of June 25 2015, with...
Author: Niren Tolsi & Paul Botes
Publication date: 16 Aug 2017
Publisher: Mail & Guardian © 2015
     Oppressed people in South Africa have always associated the history of the United States with the great name of Abraham Lincoln.  There was an issue involving human rights in...
Author: O. R. Tambo
Publication date: 1966
MANDELA AND TAMBO said the brass plate on our office door. We practised as attorneys-at-law in Johannesburg in a shabby building across the street from the Magistrates' Court. Chancellor House in Fox...
Author: O. R. Tambo
Publication date: 1965
Some years ago, Muhammed Ali was asked for his thoughts on the death of the great African-American boxer, Joe Louis. Ali’s comment contrasted Louis to another deceased celebrity, the reclusive and...
War photographers are either sleazy and glamorous, or noble and glamorous. At least this is what you will think if you believe the various literary or big screen adaptions of photojournalists over...
Author: Greg Marinovich
Publication date: 2013
Back in 2000, musicians interviewed for my book on music and politics in South Africa, Soweto Blues, regularly asserted: I’m not a politician. How could this be, the interview team wondered, when...
Author: Gwen Ansell
Publication date: 2017
The idea of a storm condenses the anxieties of past sorrow, present distress, and future devastation. To call a production The Storming locates a predicament in the present continuous; as ongoing; as...
Author: Dilip Menon
Your death has come way too soon; none of us could say, with a straight face, that we were prepared for it. Therefore, please forgive us if we appear too clumsy and unprepared; because we are ill...
Author: Joseph Oesi
Publication date: 2016
There is a saying that goes: “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.” I am what I am because I was inspired, motivated and mentored by Juda Ngwenya. He was a friend, a brother and a...
Author: Siphiwe Sibeko
Publication date: 2016
“Naturam expellas furca tamen usque recurret.” These words of the Latin poet Horace seem to be turning up everywhere lately. Rendered loosely in modern English, they mean, “You can drive out nature...
Author: Kevin Bloom
Publication date: 2016
The popular myth in South Africa is that the African natives were devoid of mathematical knowledge until the advent of the Europeans. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Basotho,...

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The Mafika Pascal Gwala Annual lecture was initiated by South African History Online in 2015 and is run in partnership with both the University of Kwa Zulu Natal (UKZN) and the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS). 

Gwala was a prominent South African poet, activist and intellectual whose life and work played a leading role in giving form to the debate about ‘a people’s culture’ in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The primary aim of these lectures is to inspire the present generation of artists and academics to revisit the pivotal role of artists in promoting debate on human rights issues. The lecture series is in line with South African History Online’s objective of compiling a comprehensive history of the arts.

Rose Sonto describes student organizing in his high school in Malteno, in the Eastern Cape, in 1969, well before the Soweto Uprising of 1976. The main political influence on him at that time was the Black Consciousness Movement.

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