Monetarising resistance

Andile Mngxitama Every five years or so the university system responding to racism throws up a layer of articulate leaders. We saw this with the first generation post apartheid SASCO leaders. Even BCM student leaders like Sipho Maseko monetarised their student leadership credentials into becoming captains of industry. We saw the Rhodes Must Fall/Fees Must …

There can’t be a decolonised university in a colonial society

UKZN campus. Image: Sunday Times Sowetan (March 23 2022), “UKZN graduation an African celebration against British bondage” by Dr Pedro Mzileni refers. In his piece, Mizileni makes a case for the celebration of the colourful University of KwaZulu-Natal graduation ceremony as an instant of decolonisation. He correctly criticises those who have issue with these jamborees …

Bpeople refuse to learn from history

By Andile Mngxitama Long long time ago… The Bpeople lived peaceful in their land. Then came the snakes in three ships – dromedaris, reiger and goede hoop. The BPeople were shocked when the snakes arrived riven with scurvy and kwashiokor. The kind Bpeople gave the snakes fresh produce and pieces of land to plant for …

Debate on Christianity & colonialism: an invitation to think Freedom

By Andile Mngxitama On 24 May 2020 we went live on the Blacks Can’t Be Racist Facebook page and debated the topic of Christianity and colonialism/decoloniality. We canvassed many vexed questions flowing from my essay “Blacks Can’t Be Racist“ including: how was Christianity introduced to South Africa (SA) and what was the purpose of that; can …

Christianity and colonialism

By Andile Mngxitama How was Christianity introduced to South Africa (SA)? What was the purpose? In Blacks Can’t Be Racist I provide an historical account of how Christianity was introduced in SA as part of the colonial project that inaugurated a cultural genocide. Christianity and western education are the terrible twins colonialism. Tomorrow (24 May …

Helen Zille vs FW de Klerk

BY Andile Mngxitama FW de Klerk says that apartheid was not a “crime against humanity”. Helen Zille says “For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water”. For the Reds of London, Zille is the better devil. How? For them she is so better that she …