As the World Cup kicked off, South Africa has been preparing to show its best face to the world. But the country is tense, and at a crossroads. Will it seize this occasion to emerge at last from more than a century of divisive nationalisms?

This has been a tumultuous year for South Africa so far, even by its own standards. Protests at municipal level against poor services and corruption are at an all-time, post-apartheid high. And the tone of public debate is increasingly tense. The April murder of the far-right politician Eugene Terre’Blanche at his farm by two black farm labourers (one only 15) raised the spectre of racial conflict once again. Julius Malema, 29, president of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League, has...

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As deel van ’n omvattende ondersoek oor die werk van Bernard Stiegler en uitgevoerde Europese moderniteit word in hierdie artikel ’n weergawe van die Westerse moderniteit aangebied waarvolgens die tegnologiese, teologies-filosofiese en sosio-institusionele oorspronge en kenmerke daarvan herlei word na die drie honderd jaar tussen 1150 en 1450. Nadat ’n rowwe driedelige periodisering van die Westerse moderniteit verskaf word, word in groter besonderhede stilgestaan by enkele...

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South Africa’s parliament convenes 5 May and will elect ANC leader Jacob Zuma as the next president. But could Zuma’s strong and polarising language and the ANC’s weak approach to serious problems lead to chaos in SA?

The scene is by now familiar: a beaming Zuma clad in Zulu warrior regalia, leading the ecstatic crowd in his trademark song, Umshini Wam (“Bring me my machine gun”). Equally well-known: Zuma received little formal education, is a polygamist and...

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Earlier this month it was announced that after an ongoing legal saga of more than six years the man likely to become South Africa’s next president, Jacob Zuma, would no longer be prosecuted. But Zuma’s good news is bad for South Africa’s floundering democracy.

When the acting director of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Advocate Mokothedi Mpshe, announced his decision to drop Zuma’s prosecution, it caused a major stir in South Africa and...

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In hierdie artikel word die eietydse filosoof Bernard Stiegler se begrip van die “otium van die volk” as nastrewenswaardige geestelike en politieke ideaal krities ondersoek. Eerstens word Stiegler se ontleding van die toestand van “simboliese ellende” behandel. Tweedens word Stiegler se voorstel vir die oorkoming van simboliese ellende, die “otium van die volk”, behandel, soos Stiegler aansluiting vind by die klassieke, veral Romeinse, begrip van die...

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