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Gerald Patrick Kearney: 28th August 1942-23rd November 2018

Paddy Kearney

This past year we have celebrated the lives of some of our country’s greatest leaders, and we end the year off commemorating the life of yet another fallen comrade, Paddy Kearney, who passed away unexpectedly last month. Being introduced to Paddy Kearney one would be met by an unassuming individual, whose peaceful demeanour disguised the […]

Today in History

On this day, 26th November 1988, Harry Gwala was unconditionally released into the care and supervision of his daughter, Lulu. Gwala had been serving a life sentence after being found guilty of treason. His release ended the nearly 23 years he spent in prisons, of which 19 were spent at Robben Island. The release of […]

Proclamation 73

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Early next month the Durban Art Gallery will play host to an exhibition of photographs collated as part of Proclamation 73, a newly created archive of family photos of people who were categorised as ‘Coloured’ and ‘Indian’ in terms of the Group Areas Act of 1950. Initially the Act applied only to ‘White’, ‘Native’ and […]

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

This Friday sees the launch of A Life in Letters: Selected Correspondence of Denis Hurley. The book, which consists of 250 letters penned by Archbishop Denis Hurley, took three years to compile with Paddy Kearney*, Brother Philippe Denis and Jane Argall making the selection from a massive 5000 letters written by the Archbishop between the ages of 11 and 88. […]

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, […]

Eric ‘Stalin’ Mtshali: 1931-12th October 2018

Eric Mtshali at the 17th World Trade Union Congress, Durban, 2016

Last Sunday an official funeral was held for the late Eric ‘Stalin’ Mtshali, who passed away at the age of 87 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban. Nicknamed ‘Stalin’ for his admiration of the Soviet Union leader, Joseph Stalin, Mtshali was a committed member of the South African Communist Party (SACP), which he joined in 1957. […]

Pik Botha: 27th April 1932 – 12th October 2018

Pik Botha, former South African foreign minister, listens to questions from members of the TRC (truth and reconciliation commission) 14 October at hearings in Johannesburg. Botha, once the world longest-serving foreign minister, was a member of the State Security Council, the inner sanctum of apartheid's security apparatus devised to combat anti apartheid liberation movements and suspected of links to the killings of political activists. (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN / AFP)

Last Friday saw the passing of one of apartheid’s most famous ministers, Pik Botha. A younger Pik Botha, 1977 Roelof Frederik Botha, nicknamed ‘Pik’ (the diminutive of pikkewyn – a reference to the his perceived likeness in stance to that of a penguin), had an illustrious political career, but is most famous as South Africa’s longest serving Minister […]

uPhillip Kgosana: 1936 – 20th April 2017

Philip Kgosana in London

Akuwona wonke umuntu ongazinikela abe nesiphiwo sokuhola izinkulungwane ezingaphezulu kweziyishumi zabantu emigwaqeni yedolobha elikhulu, bezibeka engozini engabehlela esandleni samaphoyisa. Lokhu kwenziwa ngumholi we-Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), uPhillip Kgosana mhla zingu30 March 1960 ngemuva kwezinsuku ezimbalwa amaphoyisa adubula abulala abantu ababebhikisha ngosuku oselwaziwa nge-Sharpville Massacre. UKgosana udlule emhlabeni namuhla eneminyaka engu 80 ubudala. Wayeneminyaka engu 23 […]