ISSUE #113

Putting the People In People’s Parliament


Openness and transparency is a key non-negotiable constitutional imperative

Life’s complexities hit the stage


The Fishermen probes broken trust that eventually obliterates the Agwu family

Screams of women through art


A tour with deep emotions

Mathatha Tsedu’s autobiography is our collective story


“Detention, imprisonment, torture and banishment were almost inevitable”

Social worker and author, a Q&A with Rethabile Lenkoe


We have more that makes us similar than that which makes us different.

Toxic masculinity and aspiring to be James Bond


Toxic Hypermasculinity and the portrayal of gendered roles in media

Shades of black: An exhibition in colour


Invoking memory and curiosity

Deadly Drinking


Alcohol abstinence a path to road safety

A tribute to Auntie Vivie


You would always find her at the frontline

Ethiopia: New journalist arrests put press freedom gains at risk


Ethiopian journalists face censored press

World High Caesareans in the Private Sector


Another first for South Africa, and the threat this poses

Mo Abudu: Woman of many firsts


The sky is no limit

Gains or Pains? Big Food and food fortification in Africa


Are companies really taking the need for food fortification seriously in Africa or is it just business as usual?

Podcast: Amplify your voice, says Sisonke Msimang


The personal is political

Gender inequality costs the global economy trillions


Research conducted on more than 2 000 policies in 193 countries

The kids who dreamed before Ramaphosa


The Arts take choristers into new space

Johnny Clegg: Rebel, intellectual, musician


Clegg was a dissident, a courageous man who confronted history and left an enduring mark on the world

ISSUE #113

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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