A Speech Delivered at a Black House Kollective (BHK)Veronica Zondeni Sobukwe Memorial lecture and Winter School Introduction The 27th of July 2023 marked the 96th Anniversary of the birth of one of the revolutionary daughters of the Azania revolution, Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, a towering yet humble Africanist. It is the 7th year since Black House Kollective Soweto (BHK) took it upon itself to memorialize the Mother of Azania. The patriarchal historical writing in South Africa has not been kind to her like many other women in the Azanian liberation struggle. In many instances, that form of historic writing has relegated . . .
The incident that took place at the Bloemfontein Maselspoort resort complex on the afternoon of Christmas 2022 reminded me of Julian Kunnie’s inquiry on democratic South Africa when he quizzed, “Is apartheid dead?” At the resort, two teenage boys of African descent were involved in a racist scuffle with several seemingly Dutch descendants [Afrikaners/ white people] about the use of a swimming pool that was ‘exclusively segregated for whites only’. Social media was abuzz about the incident and the New York Times strangely got hold of the story and video footage of the incident. Most members of the society condemned . . .
Any discussion about Azania has to start with an anti-colonial understanding of that region of Southern Africa. First, Azania is the original and proper name for the country commonly known as South Africa. Pan-Africanist formations like the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) and the Azanian People’s Organization (AZAPO), as well as Pan-Africanists worldwide, have been calling Azania that for decades. Speaking through an anti-colonial lense, the name South Africa clearly represents one imposed by those from Europe who invaded the country and have occupied it for centuries. Second, like with any settler colony i.e. the United States, Australia, occupied Palestine . . .
udiciary since it continues to apportion the vocation of a judge something akin to the priesthood- i.e a belief that judges epitomise fairness, righteousness, and justice. That is not so, judgeship is not just and if we continue with the reasoning that they are demigods, the tyranny of the judiciary will continue in perpetuity. . . .
Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) government is exhibiting the past in the present by forging narratives, images, metaphors and symbols to create a specific perspective. The purpose of that perspective is to make sense of the past in ways that render their actions in the present more plausible. . . .
The condemnation of the rallying cry “One Settler, One Bullet” from groups like Afri-Forum, Democratic Alliance (DA) and the South African “Human Rights” Commission (SAHRC) in 2020 was a continuation of European tactics, designed to manipulate Africans on how to frame and analyse the settler-colonial constructed South African political economy. In South Africa (SA), as in other settler-colonies like Australia, Canada, USA; there is no justifiable reason nor a moral obligation for why Europeans and colonist descendants should not be referred to as settlers. In fact, they should be called invaders because of their use of brutal methods of enslavement, . . .
The deliberate obfuscation by the ruling elites of post-94 to address economic and racial injustice by racializing justice continues the white power structure. It is a continuous trajectory of prioritising transformation over decolonisation. . . .