Featured Book: Shoot to Kill: Police and Power in South Africa by Christopher McMichael

This interview is republished from The Johannesburg Review of Books website. What today exists as South Africa cannot be understood outside of violence, whose origins require us to turn to the antiblack settler colonial capitalist and patriarchal order that produced suffering that spans across generations. The continuities of this violence not only challenge our understanding […]

Featured Book: Crossroads: I Live Where I Like

This interview was taken from Black Agenda Report This book challenges the myth that 1994 was the turning point in South Africa – because the liberation process is unfinished. “Forced removals were not considered in the famous 1994 Truth and Reconciliation Process.” In this series, we ask acclaimed authors to answer five questions about their […]

Featured Book: Children of Sugarcane by Joanne Joseph

This review was written by Niren Tolsi and originally appeared on New Frame The new novel, Children of Sugarcane, reckons with the “colonial fingerprints” on our contemporary society, while providing a nuanced view of indenture and its afterlives. Joanne Joseph isn’t as tall as she appears on television. This is the first, and most banal, impression […]

Featured Book: Red Road To Freedom by Tom Lodge

This is a lightly edited excerpt from Jeremy Cronin’s review of Tom Lodge’s book Red Road to Freedom: A History of the South African Communist Party 1921–2021 (Jacana, 2021). This review was first published in the centenary edition of African Communist (Issue 205, Second and third quarters 2021). In late July 1921 a pioneer Communist Party of South Africa, later renamed […]