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 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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