ISSUE #123

US elections expose flaws in Western democracy


“The much-praised US Constitution was never primarily about protecting human rights – it was about hammering out a deal between states. This is why the presidency is about winning states and why tiny states have as many Senators as huge ones.”

Ditching toxic masculinity in favour of positive masculinity


The abuse of women in South Africa happens in the safety of the home, in places of work, at schools and more recently all over the internet - pretty much anywhere. In addition to living with the fear of death, often from an intimate partner, women in South Africa endure cat-calling and sexual harassment in the streets and at work.

Why we still need a judicial inquiry into the Cato Manor killings


“As with the TRC cases of apartheid-era crimes that are finally reaching the courts, the family of every person killed unjustifiably deserves justice one day too.”

Mellet exposes debased half-truths installed as national narrative


“One of the signal strengths of this supple book is that through considered scholarship it avoids the lazy rhetorical slide that wants to reimagine all Black figures as modern-day action heroes in historical garb.”

Power and loss in journalism in SA


“Sadly, some units of investigative journalism appear to have become involved in political factions, which enabled the loss of credibility for journalism as a whole.”

Kadaf opens up about his hit single and fighting GBV


Besides music, the artist is involved in the national gender-based #ActNow Campaign. The campaign was formed by black men who decided to take a stand against the ongoing Gender-Based Violence in South Africa.

Protests against Anti Robbery squad a watershed moment for change in Nigeria


Nollywood celebrities, musicians and Big Brother winners must speak out on the side of the people

The SABC and Democracy


Downsizing will abandon the majority in this “information age”

ISSUE #123

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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