Student coalition in the University of Limpopo centres Thomas Sankara as leadership inspiration

By BO Staff Writer Student Representative Council (SRC) elections are set to begin at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop this week. The elections, which usually happen towards the end of the academic year, got postponed last year because of the #FeesMustFall protests which rocked the university. Three student formations, Black First Land First Student Movement …

A response to Xolela Mangcu’s article ‘Beware of agents provocateurs’

By Athi Mongezeleli Joja Professor Xolela Mangcu professes nothing but half baked truths and his article in the City Press titled, ‘Beware of agents provocateurs’, is another of his erratic soliloquies. I say ‘truths’ because his fixation with “icons” is never truly about them, but himself and the compradorial agenda he’s imposing on their ideas. One …

Xolela Mangcu, the Uncle Tom of our times?

By Ncedisa Mpemnyama Xolela Mangcu is a professor. I am a student. He is a black man. I’m a black man too. Mangcu is an elder. Some people these days call me elder – I believe they mean that with all its annoying ramifications. Mangcu thinks he’s wise. I think so too – generally I …

Will Pravin Gordhan punish the poor for banks?

By BO Staff Writer The South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA) saga is being turned into an opportunity to surrender the lucrative administration of grants to the banks. Sources close to the departments say the grant crisis has pitted Minister for Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini against Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan. Dlamini has put up …

What is racism? Saying white people don’t belong in SA or killing a black child thinking he’s a monkey?

By BO Staff Writer Yesterday two tragic but interconnected events occurred (well, tragedy may not be the right word to use here, isn’t black life a tragedy in and of itself? Wasn’t blackness created from tragedy?) The first event, a black journalist who is affiliated to the KwaZulu Natal (KZN) radio station, Gagasi FM, was …

Can we trust Ngugi and Mangcu with decolonisation?

By Sisipho Fongoqa & Lindsay Maasdorp On Friday, March 3, the literary giant Ngugi wa Thiong’o was hosted by the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) lecture series ‘Great Text/Big Questions’, where he gave a public lecture at the Baxter theatre. The event is the first in a series and aims to centre decoloniality. Decoloniality is …

On white arrogance and the SASSA saga

By BO Staff Writer Yesterday, Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, held a press conference in Pretoria to assure the nation that despite scare tactics by the white-owned media, social grants would be delivered to their 17 million recipients in April. Visibly frustrated at the ongoing attacks and calls for her resignation, Dlamini, who is …