As South Africa celebrates Heritage Month, questions have been raised over the relevance of pre-democratic era symbols throughout the country. It comes as Parliament’s Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has been instructed to conduct an audit on all statues and monuments, to ensure they reflect the current heritage landscape[…]
Two-thirds of people who commented on a plan to erect a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Cape Town objected – but the city council is going ahead anyway. One of the objectors, who said the Indian nationalist leader was “a person who expressed extreme racial views against black people”, said[…]
Activists flocked to the UK Consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, waving Union Jacks and singing ‘God Save the Queen’ in a bid to convince London to step in and protect them from Beijing like it would have in the colonial era. The hundreds of protesters who gathered in front[…]
By Ramzy Baroud For years, Kenya has served as Israel’s gateway to Africa. Israel has been using the strong political, economic and security relations between the two states as a way to expand its influence on the continent and turn other African nations against Palestine. Unfortunately, Israel’s strategy seems, at least on the surface, to[…]
“Tuan Guru was a sophisticated and educated human being. He is a legend that must be remembered.” That’s how VOC presenter, journalist and author Shafiq Morton described the personality of Imam ‘Abdullah bin Qadi ‘Abd al-Salam, affectionately known as Tuan Guru, considered a father figure of Islam in South Africa.[…]
The Public Protector has found that a tweet about colonialism by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is in violation of the Constitution. In a report released on Monday, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said that Zille’s conduct was tantamount to improper conduct in terms of the Constitution, as well as violating[…]
By Shafiq Morton I have been researching a book on Tuan Guru, Imam ‘Abdullah ibn Qadi ‘Abdus Salam of Tidore, one of our iconic historical figures at the Cape. What has emerged, so far, is that what we know is fragmentary, and that we have absolutely no details of his life[…]
‘I realise the wounds of history that my tweet and subsequent defence of it have opened,’ Zille said. Western Cape Premier Helen Zille apologised to South Africans over her tweets praising colonialism, adding her actions undermined Mmusi Maimane’s party leadership. “I realise the wounds of history that my tweet and[…]
Western Cape premier Helen Zille says party leader Mmusi Maimane and the DA’s federal executive “pre-judged” her when arriving at their decision to suspend her from party duties. The Democratic Alliance’s highest decision-making body decided by “an overwhelming majority” to officially suspend Zille on Wednesday until her disciplinary hearing is[…]
Former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille is set to appear before the party’s disciplinary panel on Friday for her tweets on colonialism. This was confirmed on Monday by Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach, chairperson of the DA’s federal legal commission, who said it would be a “first appearance”. “They will set timelines.[…]
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