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.
Author’s note: well, actually I didn’t write that. The initial title of my piece was “Is the Youth League still relevant?”
I have some great sub-editors at City Press that know how to turn a phrase when creating headlines, just to get folks reading I guess. But there is a distinction between strong and relevant, and if we are being honest the League is not yet as strong or relevant as it could be. Here’s the article including some paragraphs that we cut out to fit into the word limit.
First Published in City Press on November 29th, 2014
It’s been a roller-coaster week for us young Lions.
From where I sat in one of NTT hot seats, this week had long looked like it promised drama. I could hear the e-TV man’s voice promoting the next soapie episode – “This week, in Joburg…”
I wrote this January 2012. It was meant to be a chapter in my first book, Becoming, but ended on the cutting room floor. I found it an interesting look into my mindset at the time. So much has changed. So much remains the same.
The Convention that should have been…
This is an op-ed that I wrote 6 years ago, nearly to the day, but for some reason or another, didn’t publish it. Reading it today I found it an interesting #flashback to the space and time we were once in. I’ve published it exactly as I wrote it, errors and all. enjoy
By all accounts, the new kid on the political block’s; Congress of the People; (CoP) convention three weekends ago was a resounding success.
First Published in City Press November 2013
When I was in my early teens, I, just as most of the urban youngsters I knew, caught the basketball craze.
Maybe it was the hip-hop music we loved or the stellar ambassadorship of Michael Jordan, or maybe Nike just did it, but either way, wherever you went in my Hillbrow surrounds, ‘young cats were playing ball’.
The world was quickly split into those who could ball well and those who should go and buy themselves a basketball.
An open letter to Mrs Margaret Thatcher from General Olusegun Obasanjo
Obasanjo is a former president of Nigeria (and former head of it’s military government in the 1970s. In fact he handed over power to a civil government in 1979). Thatcher, recently deceased, was Britian’s first woman prime minister. Known as the Iron Lady, she is arguably the most well-known British Prime Minister since Sir Winston Churchill.
This letter was written in August 1986 and relates to Britain’s position on South Africa and Apartheid at the time, which was hawkish to say the least.
Special thanks to Scelo Gcabashe for unearthing it…