ISSUE #101

East African Trade and the origins of the name Azania


Slavery and the Zanj Rebellion

Obama reminds the world of the African continent’s resilience


Can the BRICS Network University move us closer to a just and equitable order?


‘Journalist bloodbath’: New Beat research to find out what happens to journos and journalism


We should all be feminists


Feminism isn't a dirty word

Nelson Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, and You and Me


South Africa remains the most unequal society in the world

Harming the planet with plastic poison


Our attitude towards the Earth urgently needs to change

Fare’s fair: Chronicle of a Cape Town taxi ride


This ride may cost your life

Rioting and writing: Diaries of Wits Fallists


#FeesMustFall is a "must read"

Professor Njabulo Ndebele’s full speech at the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture


My body, not your crime scene


Women will lead a total shutdown of the country

The role of the news media in reporting on conflict


Apartheid sport: whites sacrificed nothing to get everything


Davidson Don Tengo Jabavu: A true pioneer in the pursuit of knowledge


ISSUE #101

Welcome to the December edition of The Journalist


This is the last edition for 2020. Our next edition will be in January 2021.

In this edition we highlight three important issues that were newsworthy in this month - the Presidential Elections in the USA, the announcement by the SABC that it was embarking on a programme of mass retrenchment and the ongoing campaigns against violence perpetrated on women and children.

We therefore have contributions that challenge the idea that the US is some kind of gold standard of democracy and instead show that the USA is at best a very flawed democracy and in no place to lecture Africans about democracy. We feature an article which, instead of downsizing, calls on us to debate the importance of the SABC as both a vehicle and a register of democracy in South Africa.

We also spotlight an investigate journalist’s allegations about police killings in Cato Manor in KZN which have been the subject of conflicting reports in the media since 2011. He calls for a judicial enquiry into these matters.

As befits November’s activism against Violence on Women and Children we spotlight an article which calls on us to swop a brand of toxic masculinity for a different kind of masculinity. In this regard our Arts section features the musician, Kadaf, who takes stand against male violence and patriarchy.

The Craft section features Glenda Daniel’s book, Power and Loss, which highlights the extent to which job losses in the media have occurred leading to the decimation of newsrooms.

Our Book Review section features a review of Patric Tariq Mellet’s The Lie of 1652, which debunks many of the colonial myths about 1652 - the apparent first meeting between Europeans and South African indigenous people – designed to justify the dispossession and exploitation which followed.


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