Tag Archives: Apartheid

The TRC Twenty Years On

Former South African president FW de Klerk handing over the party's submission to Archbishop Desmond Tutu during the National Party's submission before the TRC, Cape Town, 21 August 1996

This week marks twenty years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) presented its final report. The TRC began formal hearings on the 15th April 1996,  having received submissions for amnesty from ordinary citizens, members of the police, former members of government, as well as ANC comrades. Out of 7112 petitioners*, 5392 people were refused amnesty, […]

Otelo Burning

Otelo Burning, a South African-directed film that opened the Durban International Film Festival in 2011, has as its backdrop the township of Lamontville, and the political violence that erupted there during the 1980s. Much like Mpumalanga that we wrote about last week, Lamontville too was besieged by infighting during the 1980s as members of the […]

Omar Badsha: Placing the Collective Above the Individual

Photographer Omar Badsha in his Woodstock home, Cape Town, 2015

Last month saw President Cyril Ramaphosa bestow the 2018 National Orders on a number of extraordinary local citizens and foreign nationals. The National Orders, which are presented annually on Freedom Day, are the highest awards that the country can bestow on individuals. In 1998, the Presidential Advisory Council on National Orders was tasked with revising the orders […]

On This Day…..

Students protest in Soweto against the introduction of Afrikaans in schools

The 16th of June 1976 is commemorated in South Africa as Youth Day, in remembrance of the countless children who lost their lives during the Soweto Youth Uprising. To read the list of the names of children killed during the 1976 student protests is beyond heartbreaking – unarmed students gunned down by police for trying to […]

Ranjith Kally (1925-6 June 2017)

Ismail Meer & Monty Naicker with Chief Luthuli and his daughters, Grey Street, late 1950s

  You may not know the name Ranjith Kally, but you will definitely be familiar with his work, and there’s no doubt that the names of the countless political personalities that Kally photographed will ring a bell. Kally, who worked for some thirty years as a photojournalist for Drum Magazine and its sister publication, Golden City Post, was responsible for […]

The University of Fort Hare

Fort Hare staff members marching against the Bantu Education Act, 1958

The University of Fort Hare, possibly South Africa’s most famous educational institution, has had something of a checkered past. Opened in 1916 as the South African Native College by Christian missionaries, the school offered a European-style education for students from across sub-Saharan Africa. While the missionaries were part of colonial expansion, which came with its own set of prejudices, they did […]