This flaw needs urgent attention. Unless it is addressed, South Africa will remain what it is today: angry and fractured.
The nation-building project and the idea of a developmental state cannot succeed when the nation itself becomes and remains fractured.
The reconciliation project conceptualised by Nelson Mandela’s administration in the mid-90s is in deep trouble.
Both sides retreated from engaging their discomfort with honesty and compassion and reduced a vital debate in South Africa to a war of words with no winners.
The Department of Arts and Culture wants a statue of the late "Oom Ray" Mhlaba in his hometown of Fort Beaufort.
So, have I changed? No and Yes. I'm still Jewish and thoroughly different to my Afrikaans family, but now I'm equipped with knowledge, about them and me.
In one week I will be 50 years old, half a century.Old! It's not surprising then that I'm reflecting on my life right now. There is this sense that the occasion should be marked in some way, and I don't mean a party.
Julius Malema was recently charged in terms of the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956 for telling people that they have the right
The exchange so fascinated me that it succeeded in briefly slowing my power-walk down to a leisurely stroll (unheard of during the morning rush hour in London!) before I was once again swept up in the unrelenting tide of fellow commuters.
There's typically a sense that once people have fled their country they no longer deserve a full stake in its future. Perhaps the assumption is exiles have assimilated elsewhere, their children no longer speak the language or understand the nuances of the culture. Sometimes there's a degree of envy - members of a diaspora are considered financially better off abroad...