A debate on democracy has heard that South Africans need to make their voices heard at the ballot box, that the government needs to bridge the inequality gap and that the the culture of enrichment needs to be addressed.
The replacement of the African National Congress by a new ruling party would just be democracy in practice, says Professor Barney Pityana.
ANC has become a harbinger of die-hard conservatism, writeBarney Pityana
One of my childhood heroes and co-founder of the black consciousness movement, Barney Pityana, was pilloried by government apologists when he wrote an open letter asking President Jacob Zuma to resign.
Former University of SA vice chancellor Barney Pityana is “playing politics” by talking about a letter he sent President Jacob Zuma asking him to resign, the ANC has said.
Former Black Consciousness Movement activist Barney Pityana said he would back a new political party by academic Mamphele Ramphele.
Former Unisa vice-chancellor Barney Pityana has stooped “way below dignified public discourse and intellectual engagement” in his Neil Aggett lecture, the Presidency has said. In the lecture, Pityana reportedly said South Africans should take responsibility for the country’s failures because they elected leaders without vision and basic competence. “We must blame nobody but ourselves for […]
Reverend Barney Pityana has told South Africans to take responsibility for the country’s failures because they elected leaders without vision and basic competence. “We must blame nobody but ourselves for the tragedy of our education system, a collapsing healthcare system, a bloated but inefficient civil service, pervasive crime, and corruption that has become endemic,” Pityana […]
The heads of the country’s public universities continue to rake in millions of rands in salaries despite government’s promise to cap their pay. Professor Malegapuru Makgoba of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is the highest-paid serving vice-chancellor in the country, with a salary of more than R3.4 million a year. Until his retirement in December 2010, […]
The University of SA (Unisa) announced today that Professor Narend Baijnath will take up the post of pro vice-chancellor from the beginning of next year. Baijnath would replace Professor Mandla Makhanya who was appointed to take over the top position of vice-chancellor from the beginning of next year. University spokesperson Doreen Gough in a statement […]
The South African Students Congress (SASCO) staged a protest march last Friday advocating for free education, in particular at institutions of higher learning. I just wish SASCO could have formed a united front for this particular cause with other student structures, including their rivals on campuses, and external civil society organisations. I take it SASCO […]
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I’m busy working on Saturday’s babalaas when I get an SMS from a government spin doctor: “King Goodwill Zwelithini is going to talk about the xenophobia at KwaHlongwa near Maphumulo in a couple of hours’ time.”
Undoubtedly, many South Africans will share the views of Mathatha Tsedu, “Why are we failing as Africans?” (City Press, April 19 2015), in highlighting the self-hate that underlines the xenophobic attacks on other Africans.
South Africa was galvanised into saying #StopTheHate this past week.