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 […]

The disgrace of South Africa’s post-colonial ‘mimic men’​

Dougie Oakes

IN 1967, a book by Caribbean writer VS Naipaul examined how newly-created elites in newly-independent countries that had laboured under colonialism began acting with as much greed, cruelty and ruthlessness as their former colonial masters. Naipaul named his book ‘The Mimic Men’. It was an appropriate title then – and, in many ways, ‘post-colonial mimic […]