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Join Tshepo Madlingozi for a Seminar on Steve Biko and Transitional Justice at Wits University

Voices of Liberation: Steve BikoTshepo Madlingozi will be presenting a seminar entitled “Transitional justice as epistemicide: On Steve Biko’s pluralist co-existence ‘after’ conflict” at Wits University today.

Read more about Biko in Voices of Liberation: Steve Biko by Derek Hook.

The seminar forms part of the WiSER seminar series. It will be held in the WiSER Seminar Room on Wits East Campus from 3 to 4:30 PM on Monday, 27 July.

Don’t miss out!

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  • Date: Monday, 27 July 2015
  • Time: 3 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Venue: WiSER Seminar Room
    6th Floor
    Richard Ward Building
    East Campus
    Wits University | Map

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Marianne Thamm Reviews DF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner Nationalism by Lindie Koorts

DF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner NationalismVerdict: carrot

Understanding how this portly and outwardly apparently unremarkable and plodding man, born in the Swartland region of the then Cape Colony, could have had such a profound influence on the hearts and minds of generations of Afrikaners (and ultimately on the lives of a disenfranchised black majority), is a task that historian Lindie Koorts has undertaken in her monumental biography, DF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner Nationalism (Tafelberg). The book (at 466 pages) deservedly made it to the shortlist for this year’s Alan Paton Award.

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Elon Musk's Dad Speaks Out Against SA's Rugby Culture, Saying it Enables Bullying

Elon MuskThe father of the world-renowned inventor and entrepreneur, Elon Musk, recently told News24 that the rugby culture in South African schools enables bullying and creates people like Oscar Pistorius.

Errol Musk blames what he calls the “jock culture” for the bullying that his son had to endure, arguing that schools do not always take action against bullies, because they play for the schools’ rugby teams.

In the article, Musk senior explains why boys shouldn’t be forced to play rugby, saying that violent behaviour, for example in the case of Pistorius when he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp, starts at school.

For more insight into the life of the entrepreneur, read his biography, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future, written by Ashlee Vance.

Read the article:

“It is about whether they can play rugby or not,” Errol Musk told News24, following comments he recently made about Elon once being beaten up so badly in Grade 8 that he did not immediately recognise him.

“If boys grow up like that, they end up being like Oscar Pistorius who shoots his girlfriend, and shoots out of a car and at a restaurant. It starts at schools.”

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Malaika wa Azania: My Article, "I Was Not Liberated by Mandela", Proves that Most South Africans Don't Read


Memoirs of a Born FreeMalaika wa Azania, author of Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation, has got people talking after writing an article for The Sunday Independent controversially entitled “I was not liberated by Mandela”.

Azania chatted to Lawrence Tlhabane on Power FM about her position.

“I am a writer,” she said. “My duty is not to say what people want to hear when people want to hear it. My duty is to comfort the disturbed and to disturb those who are comfortable.

“So I don’t think that there is a time or a place when certain discussions should be had.”

Read Azania’s article here:

The Mandelafication of the Struggle against apartheid is not by accident but by design, writes Malaika wa Azania.

‘I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.” – Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Argentine-born revolutionary.

The narrative about how former president Nelson Mandela liberated South Africa from the clutches of the apartheid has been inculcated deeply into the minds of those of us born in the post-apartheid era.

Those of us who started primary school in the townships in the late 1990s have a vivid memory of how our teachers suffocated us in propaganda about Mandela, reminding us daily about how we were able to study without fear of police vans swooping on the townships to disrupt schooling.

Those of us who later attended multiracial schools in the suburbs have a vivid memory of how teachers would consistently remind us that in the not-too-distant past, we never would have been seated next to our white or Indian classmates. We were told it was because of Mandela that we were able to play on the same playgrounds with other races.

This did not end when we exited the school gates. At home, we were reminded daily how lucky we were to be born in a democratic dispensation – thanks to Mandela.

Listen to the Power FM conversation:

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Azania also responded to her critics on her public Facebook page:

One of the things that the article I wrote, titled “I was not liberated by Mandela” has proven to me is that most South Afrikans don’t read. And this includes youth – which makes it all the more tragic. Nothing I said in that article is new or false. In fact, Nelson Mandela himself consistently raised the argument that he is not a liberator, but that ordinary people played a bigger role in our liberation struggle. Throughout his interviews and in his writings, specifically A Long Walk To Freedom that everyone claims to have read (but clearly many haven’t), he reiterates the point that he didn’t liberate South Afrika. In fact, in his own words when he was freed from prison, he said:

“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.
On this day of my release, I extend my sincere and warmest gratitude to the millions of my compatriots and those in every corner of the globe who have campaigned tirelessly for my release…”

I say the exact same thing – that the people liberated themselves and Mandela – and people get angry and emotional. Why? Well, firstly because people don’t read, period. They assumed I was attacking Mandela when in fact I was making a factual historical point that he too has acknowledged. And we must also realise the real possibility that many people read the headline and not the article – which would explain some of the irrational comments we see. Some claim I was seeking attention, which is another way of saying I was raising what isn’t popular. What they don’t realise is that I was raising what every revolutionary has raised (and this is not to say I’m a revolutionary, but that at least I have read many of their works enough to know what they believed). You go through the writings of Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Patrice Lumumba, Vladimir Lenin, Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko, Joshua Nkomo, Thabo Mbeki and Mandela himself, and what they all share in common is the strong belief that people liberate themselves, and that there’s no one great man in history who has or can liberate people.

So what we can now say for sure after this while brouhaha over nothing is that many of you, dear friends, allege to be readers, but in reality, employ common sense view to scientific, historic discourse. And it is sad, considering how the Mandela you are defending was very passionate about the question of education serving as a liberatory pedagogy. You love the man and are prepared to defend him with your lives, and yet you actually don’t even read his works. If that’s not cult-mentality, I don’t know what is. If that’s not symptomatic of intellectual decay, I don’t know what is.

I am convinced there are many people who must just get off Facebook and read, because at this rate, opinions will govern discourse more than factual knowledge does.

I will leave you to it.

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Join Benjamin Pogrund for the Launch of Robert Sobukwe: How Can Man Die Better in Cape Town

Robert Sobukwe: How Can Man Die BetterJonathan Ball would like to invite you to the launch of Robert Sobukwe: How Can Man Die Better by Benjamin Pogrund.

The event will take place in The Nelson Mandela Auditorium on Wednesday, 29 July, at 6 PM.

Come and celebrate the third edition of Robert Sobukwe’ biography, published by Jonathan Ball. Sobukwe served three years in jail for “incitement”, six years in solitary confinement on Robben Island, and nine years in banishment and house arrest in Kimberley, writes Pogrund.

He was astute politician, whose philosophy is relevant today more than ever.

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The 2015 Mail and Guardian Literary Festival Programme

The 2015 Mail & Guardian Literary Festival 1-2 August, 2015

The annual Mail & Guardian Literary Festival will run from 1-2 August at the Turbine Hall in Newtown Johannesburg, as part of the 2015 South African Book Fair.

Have a look at this year’s programme:

The Arrogance of PowerOn the PostcolonyEducation, Economy and Society

Saturday August 1, 9.30am
Goodbye to all that: Decolonising culture and institutions

Panel: Xolela Mangcu, Achille Mbembe, Leigh-Ann Naidoo and Thaddeus Metz
Chair: Salim Vally

Capitalist CrusaderHow South Africa WorksBRICS: An Anti-Capitalist CritiqueRaising the Bar

Saturday August 1, 11.30am
It’s the economy, stupid!

Panel: Herman Mashaba, Greg Mills and Patrick Bond
Chair: Songezo Zibi

Race, Class and PowerThe Limits of Democratic Governance in South AfricaWhat Will People SayA Flawed FreedomSouth Africa's Suspended Revolution

Saturday August 1, 1.30pm
South Africa at a fork in the road

Panel: Steven Friedman, Louis Picard, Rehana Rossouw and John Saul
Chair: Adam Habib

The Joburg BookThe Origins of Non-racialism

Saturday August 1, 3.30pm
Future perfect: Transforming Jo’burg from apartheid city to a city for all

Panel: Nechama Brodie, David Everatt, Zayd Ebrahim and Rashid Seedat.
Chair: Zeblon Vilakazi

The Seed ThiefAskarinullAntjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public SphereDiary of a Guji GirlPlatinum

Sunday August 2, 9.30am
South African fiction publishing at 21: Gatekeeping or rainmaking?

Panel: Fourie Botha (Umuzi), Bridget Impey (Jacana), Thabiso Mahlape (The Black Bird), Debra Primo (UKZN Press) and David Robbins (Porcupine Press)
Chair: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

Antjie Krog and the Arrogance of PowerThe<br />
Post-Apartheid Public SphereMagema Fuze21 at 21The ANC Women's League

Sunday August 2, 11.30am
Black and white in colour: Why race (still) matters

Panel: Anthea Garman, Lewis Gordon, Xolela Mangcu, Hlonipha Mokoena and Melanie Verwoerd
Chair: Shireen Hassim

Arctic SummerThe Texture of ShadowsWay Back HomeGreen Lion101 DetectivesBad Sex

Sunday August 2, 1.30pm
The South African novel at 21
Panel: Damon Galgut, Mandla Langa, Niq Mhlongo, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Ivan Vladislavic
Chair: Leon de Kock

Empire, War & Cricket in South AfricaArctic SummerDF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner NationalismThe Texture of ShadowsStrange Pilgrimages

Sunday August 2, 3.30pm
The Monuments Men: Rewriting reputation – Rhodes, Malan, Mandela & EM Forster

Panel: Dean Allen, Damon Galgut, Lindie Koorts and Mandla Langa
Chair: Achmat Dangor

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Tickets are available at and at the door on the day.

Programmes for the M&G Literary Festival and the South African Book Fair are online:

*Note Raks Seakhoa will no longer chair the South African fiction publishing at 21: Gatekeeping or rainmaking? panel. It will now be chaired by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen.

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