In City Press Voices: Myth of black racism; Bullies or activists?; Let’s speak directly to men who abuse

2019-12-08 06:27

Some of the opinions in the City Press Voices section this week:

Myth of black racism

The recent decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal that certain utterances might be hurtful without being hate speech has indeed pushed the envelope when it comes to the interpretation of some of our “progressive” laws as a nascent democracy, writes Ido Lekota.

Pragmatists versus idealists

To privatise or not isn’t the question. If the state can raise billions from the strategic sale of assets, it is compelled to act, writes Chris Maxon.

The teachable moment is now

This week, South Africa’s bold but clumsy experimentation with coalitions suffered a dramatic blow. Remember those intense days in August 2016? asks Mondli Makhanya.

Let’s speak directly to men who abuse

Have you ever imagined how the campaign against drunken driving would have gone if we had focused on everyone but the driver?

Yet we are subjected to the same kind of disrespectful campaigns every day when dealing with gender-based violence, says Bafana Nhlapo.

Bullies or activists? 

Once a group’s views are the only ones which must prevail, then the public debate has been stifled and opportunities missed.

People need protection from the wolf pack

President Cyril Ramaphosa faces myriad mean national challenges. Eskom immediately comes to mind; it must continue to keep the wheels of a declining economy turning, the street and household lights aglow, and the home fires burning.

Piercing the veil of social constructions

An activist voice that speaks in multiple poetic styles is making explicit the boundless nature of African feminist storytelling.

Having performed slam poetry, Maneo Mohale has followed this with a publication that is honest and revealing in the way in which it explores the intricacies of trauma and healing.

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