Browsing All posts tagged under »Nelson Mandela«

Mandela: the myths & and the man

June 28, 2013

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Demolishing the myths about Mandela reveals an exceptional man who, in his own words, was subject to "all the usual frailties".

Uncovering the spy known as RS452

February 19, 2011

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In 2003 South Africa's director of public prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, was accused of having been a spy — RS452 — for the apartheid state. But the search for RS452 revealed that the spy with that designation was a woman, a lawyer who was once considered a stalwart of the anti-apartheid movement.

An economy riddled with a legacy of contradictions

January 20, 2011

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This chapter on the South African economy was written and submitted on August 3, 2007 for a proposed book. It was not published and the chapter was not submitted or published elsewhere. However, given developments to date this text may be of some interest to anyone concerned about economic developments in South Africa.

Why labour’s battle is far from over

December 5, 2010

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South Africa has a justly lauded Constitution and Bill of Rights. It also has some of the best labour laws anywhere. These are victories largely attributable to the labour movement, but they remain paper victories that have constantly to be fought for to ensure that they are applied.

In pursuit of ‘Dr Shock’

November 24, 2010

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Aubrey Levin, the Johannesburg-born psychiatrist who once claimed to "cure" homosexuals by "aversion therapy" and who was in charge of the notorious Ward 22 for "deviants" in the apartheid state's military hospital in Pretoria, was arrested in March 2010 in Calgary, Canada, charged with the sexual assault of a male patient. It was merely the latest in a history of allegarions dating back across decades.