Joe Slovo: 23 May 1926 – 6 January 1995

Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the death of Joe Slovo. With a number of buildings, streets, and even suburbs named in his honour, most South Africans are familiar with the name, but how many of us really know the story of Joe Slovo, one of our country’s greatest political activists? Despite spending his entire […]

The Spirit of Christmas

Written by political activist, Sylvia Neame, the recently published book, Imprisoned: The Experience of a Prisoner Under Apartheid describes how the spirit of Christmas shone through even in the darkness of the Barberton Prison Complex. Described by some as apartheid’s Alcatraz, Barberton was a maximum security prison in the eastern part of what was then […]

Wafela ukuthula

Namhlanje kubalwa iminyaka engamashumi amabili nanhlanu kwabulawa u-Chris Hani, isenzo esaphazamisa izingxoxo ezazibucayi zokudlulisa amandla kuhulumeni wobandlululo eya kuhulumeni wentando yeningi. Kunzima ukukholelwa kulokhu emva kweminyaka eminingi kangaka eseyadlula, kodwa u-Chris Hani wayethandwa kakhulu eNingizimu Afrika. Futhi abaningi babekholelwa ukuthi i-SACP yayingayihlula i-ANC okhethweni uma u-Hani wayesangamholi. Ngaphambi kokuthi aqokelwe isikhundla sokuba nguNobhala Jikelele weSACP […]

The Tripartite Alliance

With the exception of the African National Congress (ANC), there’s probably no better known political body in South Africa than the tripartite alliance. Bringing together the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the alliance forms the cornerstone of the government’s power. The relationship is an […]

uKesval ‘Kay’ Moonsamy (5 July 1926-21 June 2017)

Ngokudlula emhlabeni kuka Kesval Moonsamy ngesonto elidlule lelizwe lilahlekelwe ngenye yezingqalabutho zentando yeningi. Ubaziwa kakhulu ngelika ‘Kay’, uMoonsamy wayeyilunga lezinhlangano eziningi zepolitiki, waba yilunga lenyunyana esemncane kakhulu. Eneminyaka eyi 14 waqala ukusebenza eRhodesian Timbers Limited lapho azizwela khona ukungabikho kobulungiswa nokungalingani emsebenzini ngenxa yebala. Wabe eseba yilunga leNatal Indian Congress (NIC) kanye neCommunist Party of […]

Dawood Seedat: 1916-1976

The name Dawood Seedat might not be familiar to that many people, but that only serves to prove the number of unsung heroes that we have in South Africa, and how so much more needs to be done to publicise the work of the countless individuals who made it possible for us to live the […]

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

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. […]

Ahmed Timol: 3rd November 1941 – 27th October 1971

Some 47 years ago a meeting was held in Durban to discuss a national day of mourning for South Africa’s political detainees. The meeting was sparked by the death of Ahmed Timol, who had died in police custody on the 27th October 1971. Timol was the 22nd political detainee to die since 1963. By 1990, a further […]

Johannes Nkosi: 3 September 1905 – 19 December 1930

The 16th of December has long been a day disputed in the history of South Africa. For much of the Afrikaans-speaking population the date was a celebration of the Voortrekkers’ victory over the Zulus at the Battle of Blood River in 1838 whereas black South Africans found the celebrations offensive, as the day represented the […]

He Died for Peace

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Chris Hani, an event that nearly saw the undoing of the very fragile peace negotiations in South Africa. It’s difficult to imagine so many years on, but Chris Hani was a hugely popular figure in South Africa, with some even believing that with him at the […]