ISSUE #122

Over 130 villages around East London are without water


“What the municipality told us is that when they open water to our taps, the hospital and the town suffers. It means if we have water, then the hospital and the town will be out of water.”

A tender-hearted combatant of love


Zubeida told me she was working on an important story and I knew from that moment that I wanted to carry that amount of dedication and commitment to journalism and to shaping the conversations needed in order to transform society.

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture


Leader of the only successful slave revolution in history

Covid 19 – More than meets the eye


The pandemic intersects with several historical factors that include the tragedy of sugar, land dispossession and the subversion of the global food economy.

Press Freedom: from State control and ideological strait-jackets


In May 2021 we will celebrate the Windhoek Declaration on the free press. What is its relevance today?

Legacies of Dissent: The international impact of the anti-apartheid divestment campaign


The ties that bind transatlantic struggles

Noma and the 3C’s


Noma and the 3C’s – COVID-19, CAPTITALISM and CLIMATE CHANGE

ISSUE #122

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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