When I first heard that Jackie Selebi had died, I was shocked.
It’s been a roller coaster week for us Young Lions.
There have been rumblings from a number of quarters across South Africa that the negotiated settlement reached in the early 1990s was rubbish. It was “selling out”.
Let’s play a game. I say something and you say the first thing that comes to mind.
Before I delve into why I don’t want to braai any more, let me start with why I should be.
I have had a superlative kick-off to Heritage Month.
Many years ago, a tall, skinny guy with a comically high-pitched voice walked into Parliament and appeared before a subcommittee on arts and culture.
Years before President Barack Obama became the first person of colour to be elected to the highest office in the US, New York had its own Obama moment when David Dinkins became the first black mayor of the city.
Years ago as an 18-year-old “boy” studying in Cape Town, I often found myself in the company of a group of Xhosa men who were all the same age as me.
Many years ago, a young farmer and his new wife had to move house quite suddenly.
When I was six or seven years old, I saw the Freedom Charter on the walls of Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Tanzania. A kid slightly older than me read out each of its eight commandments, explaining what it meant.
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I run because I run, and lately it feels like I’ve been running for my life.
From the corridors of Parliament to the beautiful plains of Giyani, the notion of a rainbow nation is sung out as an obvious reality.
Former president Thabo Mbeki made a promise to the world in July 2008.