Friday Letters: How low income black working class households are vulnerable to metabolic syndrome

By Maboni Malose Mmatli Death comes for us all. But it visits and threatens black life more, black working class in particular, than any other race or class. This class lives in isolation from civilisation. We live in remote areas away from dignified services and resources. This is not coincidental but was orchestrated (successfully so) …

Friday Letters: My Argument on Education

By Lihle Nyanda Hotep To me education begins with decolonization, decolonization start from within therefore there is no decolonization which can be brought through institution. Know Thyself is more powerful than education. When you send a child to school that child no longer belongs to you but to the system, so here are my suggestions. …

Friday Letters: Youths Will Suffer Without Mngxism in Neo-Colonial Post-1994 South Africa

Black First Land First National Convenor, Andile Mngxitama. Photo: Madelene Cronje/M&G By Zama Khumalo We have failed as young black people to look at Mngxism as currently the only existing tool of setting free young South Africans from colonial bondage. The father of Mngxism himself, Andile Mngxitama, is willingly opening his arms and inviting every …

BLF says they support the call for a #Shackville TRC 

By BO Staff Writer Many students who were part of the students protests late last year and early this year have faced expulsions, suspensions and victimisation by universities. The student movement has now called for a Shackville TRC to discuss a way forward in the continuing a struggle for a free, black centered socialist education. …

Take the battle to spaces of privilege

Featured Image: Pastor Xola Skosana of the Way of Life Kilombo Village in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. By Pastor Xola Skosana Spaces of privilege are our last battlefield. They are synonymous with whiteness and by very design are commodified and made exclusive. Spaces of privilege are visible parts of the enemy’s invisible camp, therefore we must …

Decolonisation must be decolonised

Featured Imaged: Dr Sharlene Khan is a Senior Art History and Visual Culture Lecturer at Rhodes University. Photo: Rhodes University website By Athi Mongezeleli Joja ‘If one has to be “the black” in or a particular context in order to designate a racial and a racist formation, then the rug that sleeps away beneath one’s …

Blacks on Death Row

By Xola Skosana Pastor Xola Skosana of the Way of Life Kilombo Village in Khayelitsha, Cape Town has been banned from Facebook for 30 days. Below is a message from Skosana: From the cradle to the grave, Blacks live to escape death. A trial happened many years ago in lands far away. The history of …

Reality check for radical black political adherents

Featured Image: Pastor Xola Skosana of the Way of Life Kilombo Village in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. By Pastor Xola Skosana Radical black political adherents. I am referring to the weak socialist block which has always been characterized by fewer and fewer numbers. In the same way that we do not want mindless masses in the black …

Black universities immune to transformation?

Featured Image: An entrance to the University of the Western Cape where student protests and activism have been raging on since last year. Photo: Wikicommons By Ndiphiwe Mkuzo I have concluded! It is much more easier a task asking white Universities to engage in the transformation discussion, persuading them to renegotiate the politics of institutional …