South African Institute of Race Relations

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For decades, the country of South Africa was the focus of an international rallying cry against the injustices of apartheid. On June 17, 1991, South Africa’s Parliament abolished the legal framework for the practice of racial persecution. In 1994, Nelson Mandela and his Marxist African National Congr...
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Aug 18th, 2012
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One of the bloodiest police shootings since the days of apartheid has killed 34 miners and injured 78 at a South African platinum mine, leaving the nation in crisis and searching its soul over the rising levels of violent protest and police brutality. South African President Jacob Zuma cut short a fo...
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Aug 17th, 2012
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Some say the killings of 34 miners spotlight government incompetence and others say they’re the result of disdain for the poor and powerless. It was the bloodiest crowd control incident in South Africa since the apartheid era, a time when security forces routinely suppressed black township prot...
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Aug 6th, 2012
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Earlier this summer, commentator Al Gini had the opportunity to spend six weeks in South Africa. He’s put together a few reflective pieces on his experiences there, which we’ll run this week. Benjamin Franklin once observed that democracy may be the most humane and egalitarian form of gov...
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May 25th, 2012
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JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress went to court on Thursday seeking to remove from public display a painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, saying the work is symbolic of the lingering racial oppression of apartheid. Proceedings were halted after...
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Jan 27th, 2012
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One way of measuring the quality of a democracy is to assess the behaviour of its police. The recent brutal attack on the Unemployed People’s Movement leader Ayanda Kota reveals the sad state of democracy in South Africa. There are at least two ways of dealing with the abject problem of poverty: one ...
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Nov 10th, 2011
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Cape Town – Analysts said on Thursday that the ANC’s decision to suspend Julius Malema may backfire and spark violent protests from the disenchanted poor who have now lost their voice. “Whatever they do with Malema, the big issues he has raised, and what he represents, won’t g...
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Sep 11th, 2011
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The firebrand leader of the youth wing of South Africa’s ruling ANC declared “economic war” on whites on Saturday, making clear he had no intention of backing down from inflammatory rhetoric on the eve of a party disciplinary hearing. Julius Malema, whose calls for the nationalisati...
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JOHANNESBURG — As heads of state from across southern Africa meet here Saturday to wrestle yet again with Zimbabwe’s intractable crisis, the country’s 87-year-old strongman, Robert Mugabe, is facing a new reality: a strong and very public pro-democracy line from the region’s most powerful country, So...
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Mar 14th, 2011
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South Africa — Racial issues in South Africa are usually portrayed in black and white, a legacy of apartheid in which blacks were disenfranchised. But South Africa is now rocked by a fierce new debate about racism and the spotlight is on the tense relationship between two racial groups that were both...