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An Elusive Truth – the Shell House Massacre of 1994
An Elusive Truth - the Shell House Massacre of 1994

Tweet That seminal year of 1994 leaps into the mind’s eye like it were just yesterday, yet infants born that year have since mysteriously developed into voting adults. Greg Marinovich looks back at Shell House, a massacre of Inkatha Freedom Party loyalists in the run up to the elections. In March of 1994, the Inkatha Freedom Party […]

The Death of a Miner
The Death of a Miner

They were Ntsenyeho’s miner comrades and they were angry

Small Koppie Revisited
Small Koppie Revisited

“It only says that he died of unnatural causes. Nothing more. We have many questions.”

Murder at Marikana
Murder at Marikana

Tweet     Greg Marinovich, Marikana. In a tumble of boulders quite near the hill called Wonderkop, yellow spray paint defaces the ancient granite. This is not graffiti, yet something far worse than vandalism took place here, at the spot locals dismissively refer to as Small Koppie. One rock, encompassed closely on all sides by […]

Shall we define Blood Platinum, now?
Shall we define Blood Platinum, now?

It looks like war. It is a war. A war of survival, certainly for the miners, and perhaps for the future of Rustenburg’s platinum mines too.

Shopping with the daughter
Shopping with the daughter

Tweet I have been struggling to approach anything resembling work these last weeks, so I took the daughter, M, on a specialist shopping expedition.  As it turned out, the perspex store was more fun than pragmatic, with fun mirrors to multi-coloured thingies.  What I liked most was the set of post-Apartheid presidents on the wall. […]

On the edge, Boitumelo

Tweet Boitumelo is a small community of shack dwellers living on the edge of South Africa’s great commercial hub, Gauteng. Poverty and desperation is commonplace. These images were taken ahead of the last South African election, as kids handed out leaflets urging people to vote ANC, the first election under the leadership of Jacob  Zuma, […]

Sharpeville protests 2010
Sharpeville protests 2010

Tweet Sharpeville. If one word epitomises the history of the South African people’s struggle against malign power, then it is the name of this small township south of Johannesburg. It was in 1960, on March 21, that white police officers opened fire with sten guns on an unarmed crowd of some 5,000 black protesters who […]

Journo humour…
Journo humour...

Tweet who says press releases can’t be funny? Nat Nakasa was a prominent journalist and writer who died in exile.  This annual award recognises the exceptional efforts of any Media Practitioner. The Elangeni Hotel (Durban) was filled with journalist, editors, photographers and heads of the country’s publication house on Saturday, 27 June 2009.  One would […]

And we spit on the cult of personality
And we spit on the cult of personality

Tweet Or One Nation’s Struggle To Save Democracy. As the African National Congress breakaway, split or splinter – depending on your tendencies – met in the economic hub of Africa, I was left a little bemused. While it likened itself to the 1955 Kliptown gathering that gave birth to the Freedom Charter as a response […]

Honey-trucks and who to vote for
Honey-trucks and who to vote for

Tweet I had been assured that the African National Congress breakaway would be having a meeting in the tiny dorp of Winburg Saturday. So I was thrilled to discover, some four hours from home, that it had been postponed ’til next week in some other little Free State town. Oh joy. The rains we of […]

Heavies join rebels
Heavies join rebels

Tweet And on a scorching day as we wait for the summer rains to start on the rapidly dessicating highveld, Mbazima Shilowa joined the rebels. it had been expected after he resigned as Gauteng’s Africa National Congress premier what one young journalist for a pink-tinted paper “premier of Africa’s richest economy”. Shilowa came with a […]

A grass-eye view of the elephants
A grass-eye view of the elephants

Tweet The war for the heart and soul of the African National Congress continues to be a bitter hidden series of political battles.  One insider told me “The blood is knee deep in meetings.”  For me, it all began with the televised firing of South African deputy president Jacob Zuma three years ago for bribery […]