Left Historic Pact coalition wins Colombian presidential elections

Gustavo Petro, centre, newly elected leftwing president of Colombia, celebrates his victory in Bogotá on Sunday 19 June 2022 © Daniel Munoz/AFP/Getty Images The victory of the Historic Pact is expected to bring an end to decades of conservative and neoliberal politics which have dominated the country. The left-wing Historic Pact coalition led by Gustavo …

Zondo’s recommendation of direct election of SA President is a Cyril recommendation.

Image: GCIS. On 22 June 2022 Chief Justice Raymond Zondo delivered the final part of the Zondo Commission report into state capture to President Cyril Ramaphosa in which he recommends inter alia the abolition of the system which permits the victorious party in elections to appoint the country’s President and the constitution to be changed …

Politicians must create conditions for professionals to thrive

Andile Mngxitama Let’s get this right. Sports must be run by former professional players with imput from current players, the Dept of Arts and Culture by artists, hospitals by doctors and other medical professionals. Elected politicians must create the conditions for professionals to do their jobs. They must create the legal and policy framework to …

The Chávez Hypothesis: Vicissitudes of a Strategic Project

Mural reads: “Nobody surrenders here. Commune or Nothing”. (Archive) Bolivarian University Professor Chris Gilbert argues that Hugo Chávez is the heir to Lenin’s political legacy in espousing a strategic vision for transition to socialism on the basis of the commune. What does Chavism really stand for? What are its main accomplishments and its main failures? …

Why ideology is important

Image: BLF President Andile Mngxitama Foreigners arrived here in 1652 and took our land and enslaved us. These same foreigners went up Africa taking land and enslaving other black people. The foreigner oppressed blacks for over 350 years. Keeping us in overcrowded townships and barren homelands. They kept all the wealth to themselves. Blacks had …

Setting the record straight: Biko’s philosophy guided the Soweto uprising

Image: Steve Biko By Andile Mngxitama It has been more than 40 years since the Soweto June 16 uprising, but the question “Which of the three main liberation movements was behind the uprising?” is highly contested. Recently, we saw increasing social- media-driven attempts to credit the PAC as the mastermind of the event.The development follows …

Tsietsi Mashinini speaks on Soweto uprising

Image: Tsietsi Mashinini By BO Staff Writer Tsietsi Mashinini, chairperson of the Soweto Students’ Representative Council and member of the South African Students’ Movement (SASM), led the June 16, 1976 uprising together with his deputy Khotso Seatlholo. Both the SSRC and SASM were part of the 18 Black Consciousness organisations that were banned on 19 …