ISSUE #121

Dominant media reflects an elite bias


Voices of poor majority either ignored or made functional to dominant narrative

Corruption and Neoliberalism: We are caught between those who have captured the state and those who want to


Caught between those who have captured the state and those who have not

Gender Justice: How is South Africa doing?


Generation Equality for Greater Inclusion

Tribute to Fawzia Lowe


1936 – 2020

African History and the Struggle to De-Colonise Africa.


The pernicious harms to health of certain cottage industries


Choosing between pestilence and plague.

The extradition of Julian Assange would undermine freedom of speech


A champion of the cause of democracy

The Radical journalist and historian who charted the death throes of colonialism in Africa


The Radical journalist and historian who charted the death throes of colonialism in Africa

Lumumba’s remains to return home


Tooth or teeth kept as trophy in Belgium

In conversation with the pioneers of The Revulva talk show


Myesha Jenkins 1948 – 2020


Poet, performer, activist and extraordinary human being

Forging ahead in new terrain


Cape Cultural Collective adapts to conditions imposed by pandemic

ISSUE #121

Welcome to the April edition of The Journalist


In this edition we highlight issues that have informed much of the mainstream media coverage over the past 6 months.

They include the long-awaited Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, the saga of the Zondo Commission and the special public holidays of 2021. Except that we reflect on the battles for public opinion and the underlying politics of these issues, rather than merely parrot what is already in the public domain.

The contribution on the Zondo Commission challenges the idea that the commission is merely about uncovering corruption and exposing perpetrators. The contribution on the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out is important because it shows how vaccine apartheid is being entrenched while ensuring profits for pharmaceutical monopolies at the expense of public health.

We also spotlight a momentous event of March 1871 – the Paris Commune –which inspired thousands to envisage a new society and which still resonates today in the form of a housing commune in Cape Town.

Our Arts section highlights the impact of the Sharpeville massacre of 21 March 1960 on artists in South Africa and in exile and how the massacre resulted in a surge of artistic creativity and imagination. As befits the first edition of 2021 we also feature a poignant article revealing the state of public schools where children of the poor bear the brunt of bureaucratic incompetence.

We also publish an obituary to Lovell Fernandez, one of the unsung heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle and a contributor to the understanding of social justice and law at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).


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