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At the time of his murder in 1989, Dr Abu Baker ‘Hurley’ Asvat was widely revered as ‘the people's doctor’ based on almost two decades of medical work in Soweto and health projects initiated across the Transvaal as Azapo's secretary of health. Despite his close relationship with leading African...
By the mid-1980s black township activists from across South Africa had risen up in an unprecedented manner to delegitimize and challenge the apartheid state. By the end of 1985, a new era in politics emerged in Alexandra, a small and densely populated township North East of Johannesburg, under...
State-building in the postcolonial Horn of Africa (HoA) suffers from institutional incoherence, which emanates from the duality of institutional arrangements expressed in the coexistence, albeit in an unequal basis, of modern and traditional institutions. While modern institutions are...
This article focuses on muziki wa dansi (dance music, i.e., ‘urban jazz’ and ballroom dancing), a genre that became extraordinarily popular in post-1945 Tanganyika, primarily in towns. While musicians and aficionados, mainly ‘young’ townspeople, embraced this music and related dances as a means...
Having completed their training in Military Combat Work (MCW) in the Eastern Bloc by the early months of 1976, the first of the new generation of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) recruits were prepared for infiltration into South Africa by the mid-year. This article tells the story of the first unit to be...
Elections have become a major feature with which countries attempt to reinforce their identity of being democratic and inclusive modern states. In South Africa, four general elections have been conducted to elect the president of the Republic since the demise of apartheid. During each of these...
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