Category Archives: Essays

Anene

Reeva Steenkamp and the real horror of gender-based violence

It was on my daily two hour commute to work, tweeting my regular #TaxiTales, that I came to learn of Reeva Steenkamp’s homicide on Thursday morning. Still shell-shocked from the gruesome rape and murder of 17 year old Anene Booysen just the week before, and only just starting to unpack the prevailing culture of rape

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white messiah

Rescuing whiteness

Well before Gillian Schutte’s letter to white people calling on them to reflect on their whiteness, its invisibility and centrality in the reproduction and edification of white power, the very experience of Black-ness has been characterized by this same demand. Yet, as is wont to be the case, it would be Schutte’s, a white womyn,

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Reflections on an epistle to white people

Yesterday morning, on my breakfast online media trawl, I ran into Gillian Schutte’s latest epistle to white South Africa. “Dear white people,” it opens, “[I] implore you to wake up and smell Africa with a fresh white nose.” Intrigued by what Schutte might have say to whites following a year of powerful pieces calling out

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onlyblack

How white is your friends list?

Over the last year I’ve been on a bit of a half-arsed campaign to review and separate my private life from my online life. Actually, the project was about making my online life and facebook, in particular, a closer reflection of my private life instead of the disturbing, age-restricted and widely accessible advertorial for why

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amandla

So what if the UN rates Cape Town as the least unequal city in South Africa?

On Tuesday, I came across a Cape Times article whose headline read “UN Report: Cape Town least unequal city in country.” Interesting, I thought, turning the reported findings over and over in my mind, failing to find coherence with what I read, saw with my eyes and experienced personally on my fairly regular visits to

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