In Response to the President: Reflections of a Freedom Fighter

By Ashley Forbes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s most recent intervention, though welcome, is not proportionate to the gravity of our situation. (President Cyril Ramaphosa’s letter to ANC members about corruption). In 1994 our people trusted their leaders to restore land and assets to the dispossessed, and provide education, housing and dignified work for all. I remember […]

Haron and Biko – fallen heroes who died in September

Two dates in September are hard for me to forget – 12 and 27 September. On 12 September 1977, 42 years ago, Steve Bantu Biko was murdered in police custody. He was 30 years old. On the 27 September 1969, 50 years ago, Imam Abdullah Haron, at age 45, faced the same fate. Both deaths […]

Charlotte Maxeke, ‘Mother of Black Freedom’

In segregated South Africa, Charlotte Mannya Maxeke dedicated her life to the struggle for women’s rights and education for all. Her pioneering role is only now being rediscovered and more widely reported once again.

Mosques need to take up the issue of violence against women

On 9 August 2018, National Women’s Day, Zubeida Jaffer spoke to Tashreeq Truebody of Radio 786 about her life as a woman who had lived through the “belly of the beast” that was Apartheid. Jaffer said the levels of violence against women in today’s society is “very upsetting” and that not enough is being done […]

Let’s choose a path where all can prosper

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was probably one of the world’s most well know freedom fighters, who tirelessly campaigned for an end to apartheid injustice. Award winning journalist Zubeida Jaffer argues that it’s time for all of us to pick up the baton left by stalwarts like Winnie and to fight as she did for a South Africa which benefits all.

Open Letter To Cyril Ramaphosa

I would like you to seek assistance to change the narrative that gives local business the right to hoard their resources at the expense of the public. They cannot expect you and your team to encourage foreign investment while they hoard resources that all of us have helped them create.

Johnny Issel on freedom

  “ What spurred us on then – the need and urge for freedom – still burns within us and it will burn in us for a long time to come. I want you to be strong. Do not be distracted by anything. Let us continue moving on and finally I believe we shall see […]

When Julius Malema sets the tone

By Zubeida Jaffer The hatred of two men threatens to tear South Africa apart. The standoff at parliament last week saw too former friends slug it out as enemies bringing one of the country’s most important institutions to a standstill. President Zuma encouraged Julius Malema to behave in an atrocious way when he was a […]