Real Solidarity

First Published in City Press in August 2014. In memory of my hero, William Lynch Jr

Years before President Obama became the first person of colour to be elected to the highest office in the USA, the city of New York had its own Obama-Moment in the form of David Dinkins, the first and only black man to become Mayor. This was way back in 1990, around the time that Mandela was being unveiled to the world.

Dinkins and his deputy, Bill Lynch, also a black man, were huge supporters of the Anti-Apartheid movement and responsible for the huge ticker-tape parade that New York City held in Madiba’s honour when he started his 8-city tour of the US there in June of that year.  Over 700,000 people came out that day.

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My Speech at South Africa’s largest (post-democratic) March

In August, South Africans of all colours and creeds gathered in Cape Town for the largest march since democracy. They marched peacefully in support of the Palestinians of Gaza. In the wake of Israel’s heavy-handeness, the South African government was surprisingly muted. This was the Youth League’s message in response.