Human Rights

SACSIS embraces a rights based approach to development, which views poverty as a denial of human rights.

On Not Reducing Racism to Apartheid

Picture credit: The Sonorans Richard Pithouse - We would be more effective at dealing with the endemic racism in our society if we didn’t relentlessly speak in a manner that reduces racism to apartheid and ‘apartheid tendencies’. The reason for this is not because historical trauma should be repressed and its consequences in the present naturalised. On the contrary it is because the development of an adequate understanding of how our society came to be as it is requires us to speak a lot more about both colonialism and...

Onward with the Struggle for Free Speech

Picture credit: Charlie Hebdo solidarity march in Brussels courtesy The Interpretor Fazila Farouk - There likely aren’t many journalists, bloggers, cartoonists or comedians anywhere in the world who don’t feel a connection with the massacred staff of French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. These are the men and women of the world who regularly scale the chillingly exposed platform of public opinion to hold a mirror to the world. It’s a frightening space to inhabit in a world of such diversity and difference of opinion. One never really knows how those whom one has...

Africans in Particular, People of Colour in General, Not Welcome

Picture credit: Australian Identity Anna Majavu - This year looks set to be another gloomy one for asylum seekers, as the ANC government makes a renewed attempt to deport and restrict the number of African migrants to South Africa. Black Africans are not welcome anywhere, even as tourists, and must jump through dozens of hoops to apply for visas to enter almost every country in the world to prove their worthiness. Lately, the quest for tourist visas can even entail providing proof that they have paid their children’s South African...

Shifting the Ground of Radical Reason

Picture credit: Dragaholic Richard Pithouse - For some time now much of the left has either been alienated from actually existing popular mobilisation or unable to make and sustain productive connections with it. But the emergence of new forces to the left of the ANC, forces with money, a national reach, easy access to the media and, in the case of NUMSA, an established and organised membership, is generating fresh optimism. However, the old fantasy that history will, in time, reward radical patience sometimes functions to prevent...

Drones: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Picture credit: Aeryon Scout, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in flight courtesy Dkroetsch/Wikipedia Jane Duncan - Drones. Many South Africans are likely to think of lazy worker bees or boring people when they hear the word. But Pakistanis, Afghanis or Yemenis are likely to think of the unmanned planes sent by the Barack Obama administration that rain death on their heads.  Obama’s drone strikes are summary, extrajudicial executions. The victims never having a chance to defend themselves against the accusations made against them, namely that they are terrorists. Furthermore, these strikes...

Police Brutality Takes Black Misandry to New Heights

Picture credit: Howard University, solidarity with Michael Brown, "Hand Mandisi Majavu - Michael Brown joins a long list of black men who have been killed with impunity by the police in the United States. Brown was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson Missouri police officer, on August 9, 2014. Last month a grand jury in St. Louis, Missouri has chosen not to indict Wilson for the lethal shooting of an unarmed Brown. Following the grand jury’s decision of Brown’s death, The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) released a...