Dale T. McKinley

Dale T. McKinley

Dr. Dale T. McKinley is an independent writer, researcher and lecturer as well as political activist. Originally from Zimbabwe, Dale has lived and worked in Johannesburg since 1990. He ran/managed a socialist bookshop from 1991-1994 and was a full time activist/ educationist with the South African Communist Party from 1995-2000 (before being expelled for trying to be a communist).

Dale was a co-founder and executive member of the Anti-Privatisation Forum and remains active in social movement/community struggles. He holds a PhD. in Political Economy/African Studies. Dale occasionally lectures at university level, gives regular talks/inputs to a wide variety of organisations and has produced numerous research reports and analyses for a range of NGOs, academic institutes and other civil society organisations. He is the author three books and has written extensively on South African and international political economy, socio-economic rights/struggles and liberation movement and community politics.

The Political Significance of Numsa's Expulsion from Cosatu

Picture credit: Irvin Jim, NUMSA Dale T. McKinley - It is arguably the most important political development of South Africa’s post-1994 era. On Friday, South Africa’s largest union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) was expelled by the majority of the leadership belonging to South Africa’s largest union federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). The political significance of NUMSA’s expulsion derives from three key, inter-related areas of impact. On the ANC-Led...

South Africa's Military-Arms Cesspit

Picture credit: Chief of Defence Solly Shoke and Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula courtesy GovernmentZA/flickr Dale T. McKinley - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is drowning in a sea of mismanagement, corruption, political manipulation and strategic myopia. While this state of affairs will probably not result in an imminent ‘attack’ on the Union Buildings, as was the case in 2009 when justifiably angry rank-and-file soldiers protested over conditions of service, the ongoing fallout is much worse.   It’s hard to know where to begin but let’s start with the basics....

Constitutional Crisis: Of What and for Whom?

Picture credit: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela courtesy GovernmentZA/flickr Dale T. McKinley - If the publicly expressed opinions of many opposition politicians, lawyers, academics, journalists and political commentators are to be believed then South Africa has already had several ‘constitutional crises’ and there are more hovering on the horizon.     Cast your memories back a decade and the messy saga involving then President Mbeki and his highly controversial attempts to protect his Police Chief Jackie Selebi. Claims flew thick and fast from several...

Memo to the Chief Justice: Democratic Freedoms are Indivisible

Picture credit: Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng courtesy GovernmentZa/flickr Dale T. McKinley - In a democracy worthy of the name, no specific belief, conscience, thought, opinion or religion has special legal or societal status. As captured in the equality clause of South Africa’s Bill of Rights, “everyone is equal before the law”, wherein “equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and freedoms”. Those rights and freedoms encompass the political, civil, legal, environmental, social, economic and cultural. Simply put, all of our...

The Real Story of South Africa's National Elections

Picture credit: Anna-Maria Kalesoski Dale T. McKinley - No sooner had the final results of the recently concluded 2014 national elections been announced than President Zuma gave a predictably self-congratulatory speech lauding the result as “the will of all the people”. The reality however is that the ANC’s victory came from a distinct minority of “the people”. The real ‘winner’, as has been the case since the 2004 elections, was the stay away ‘vote’. Since South Africa’s first-ever...

Labour-Community Alliances Must Be Strengthened

Picture credit: All-free-download.com Dale T. McKinley - Messy alliance politics are clouding issues in the run up to the 2014 general election, but community organisations and other civil society formations across the country have welcomed promising moves by National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) to forge an independent and anti-capitalist united front of the broad working class. For the first time in the history of a democratic South Africa, a COSATU-aligned union, and its largest one at that, has openly declared that it no...