ISSUE #91

From a protector to a threat


Grace Mugabe: Interests of the State placed ahead of individual human security

Strike a woman, strike a rock


Women will continue to fight against violence and abuse

“Umama woManyano Ngumama!” and post-apartheid feminisms


It is impossible to use linear understandings to determine the legitimacy of such spaces, particularly for black women

Public intellectuals and gatekeepers of knowledge


Podcast: The Academic Citizen

The Mesh: Connecting with environmental damage


Exhibition investigates our overworked eco-system and the hope for repair

The Long Hard Fight For News on Robben Island


News snuck in under tables, hidden in porridge and in repaired shoes

Discovering Clements Kadalie’s writing


Essayist, opinion maker and thought leader 1896 - 1951

ISSUE #91

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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