Africa in Fact Issue 49
Fear and loathing on the frontline

Fear and loathing on the frontline

    South Africa: dying for change   In early 2012, Ayanda Kota, leader of the Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM) in the Eastern Cape, made his way to the Grahamstown police station. As an activist, he’d had an...

History repeats itself

History repeats itself

Namibia: apartheid-era tactics By Frederico Links In April 2018, Namibia’s Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) attempted to block the publication of a report by the weekly The Patriot newspaper alleging widespread...

A cycle of frustration

A cycle of frustration

Malawi: the rural vote In Malawi, May is usually a cold month. The cold weather is at times coupled with chilly drizzle. In such weather, many Malawians would want to be indoors. But this year, on 21 May, the people...

An acute sense of dislocation

An acute sense of dislocation

  Post-colonial theory: the strong arm of identity I have always been mistrustful of the rhetoric on decolonisation. Our difficulty deciding its meaning not only consigns it to a realm of needless obscurity but also...

A salutary lesson in historical scholarship

A salutary lesson in historical scholarship

Book review By Yunus Momoniat Mahmood Mamdani’s seminal book, published in 1996, represented an important turning point in African Studies. In it, he challenged many beliefs long-held by Africanist scholars and made...