MALAIKA MAHLATSI: There is no such thing as ‘youth voter apathy’
It is simplistic to label their decision to opt out of voting as 'apathy' - almost all young people, including those who do not vote, have a political opinion and concerns about the state of our nation, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: How surgery in a private hospital deepened my support for NHI
As I sat in my comfortable hospital room post-surgery, having a delicious lunch of ham and cheese sandwiches with rooibos tea and a slice of cheesecake, I couldn’t help but reflect on how such a privilege is accorded to only a few, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI | Israel-Palestine conflict: A tale of two narratives
The double-standards are not only appalling, but are a reflection of the historical racist attitudes that persist in the West, rooted in the idea that the lives of people of the global majority are insignificant, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: The road to 2024 elections is paved with xenophobia
The language of intolerance is being amplified as we head towards the 2024 general election, with discourse on immigrants and jobs still dominated by arguments and biased observations that have no basis in scientific evidence, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: Should William Nicol Drive have been renamed?
We should remember Winnie as a human being who did good, but who was also deeply flawed. However, in renaming monuments and streets after the same ANC stalwarts, an impression is created that South Africa’s fight for freedom was fought by a few, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: Buthelezi revisionism an injustice to Inkatha victims
The sanitisation of Mangosuthu Buthelezi lends itself to the systematic and intentional erasure of men and women like my grandmother, who had to endure unimaginable brutality at the hands of Inkatha, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
Zimbabwe’s crisis of an ineffective opposition and messiah politics
The people of Zimbabwe need to be able to hold opposition accountable if they’re to ever build an effective movement that will unseat the ZANU-PF. They need to build a movement as a collective – one which is not formed in the image of an individual.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: Can the EFF overcome the cult of Malema?
The shadow of Malema that looms large over the organisation has become an impediment to the growth of the EFF, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: Nelson Mandela and the struggle of memory against forgetting
The story of Mandela is told in part truth, part myth, and part falsification because, among other reasons, the ANC no longer has a single idea that unifies society, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: Why young, ‘clever Blacks’ struggle to relate with the ANCYL
Since 2012, the twin tasks of the ANCYL have evolved from mobilising the youth behind the ANC, and championing the interests of young people of SA, to mobilising and rallying the youth behind factions of the ANC, and championing the interests of an old guard, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: In the eyes of the media, some lives matter more than others
The active role media is playing in perpetuating this idea was evident in the case of Gabby Petito and many other missing and murdered White women, and it is evident in the OceanGate story. This must be called out, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: Corruption forcing cash-strapped govts to rely on consultants
In many cases, consultants are hired to perform the most basic tasks such as tax returns and VAT – something which municipal staff should be able to do, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: Hammanskraal a case study in being failed by government
As important as it is to tell the story of Hammanskraal and its people, as I journeyed through the area, I found myself wondering if there was any value in my work, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: US hell-bent on undermining SA and all 'Third World' nations
The US government, in its typical fashion of employing undiplomatic tactics when engaging with South Africa, went ahead to make public accusations that have had a devastating impact on the economy, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: A better SA is possible, if we believe and fight for it
Pondering the country's future after Freedom Day, hope springs eternal for those who experienced a fate worse than a load shedding schedule - a lesson for our fatalistic generation, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: Sidelining opinions of the youth keeps Africa on the backfoot
The elderly regularly enlist the help of the youth in the wrong way, keeping them from engaging in conversations about their future, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: Climate change caused by the rich, but the poor pay the price
Devastating tropical storms caused by climate change owed to emissions in developed and semi-developed nations are exacerbating poverty, disease, water insecurity, and economic growth, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.
MALAIKA MAHLATSI: Nehawu illustrates death of political consciousness in unions
Protest action is an important tool in the hands of exploited workers, but the actions of Nehawu affiliates left devastation in its wake, writes Malaika Mahlatsi.