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Arrest, detention & catharsis

November 25, 2020

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Reflections of a Wayward Boy 11 (Also available at: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-11-23-reflections-of-a-wayward-boy-gerald-ludi-and-the-casual-brutality-of-the-security-police/) Anyone who has been arrested in a midnight raid, held in solitary confinement, threatened with dire consequences and interrogated, probably emerges at least slightly unhinged. ¬†Especially when it becomes obvious that a journalist colleague was a police spy. ¬†That certainly applied in my case, but […]

The virus is not to blame

November 15, 2020

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(First published in City Press and on Fin24) Economic recovery. Economic growth. That is what is now being promoted in the wake of the devastation caused by the responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. But what is really required in South Africa is social reconstruction to try to remedy the extraordinary damage done to millions of […]

The challenge of real democracy

November 14, 2020

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(Available online at: https://www.news24.com/fin24/opinion/inside-labour-a-wake-up-call-for-democracy-20201113) There are two crucial lessons to be learned from the political and electoral shambles in the United States: the first about what democracy really means and, the second, why nationalism in all its forms is a serious threat to all. Democracy is clearly defined in the opening line of an old […]