South Africa

Smuts-shaming at the University of Cambridge

12 August 2018 9:00

One should not rise to the bait, but the latest little ‘Rhodes must fall’ type story makes it hard. Cambridge…

Winnie Mandela and her legacy of unwelcome truths

14 April 2018 8:30

The death of Winnie Madikizela Mandela has come at a delicate time for South Africa. The country’s new president, Cyril…

Can South Africa’s new president clean up Jacob Zuma’s mess?

25 February 2018 9:00

In recent years, living in South Africa has been a bit like having cancer. The malaise eating us from within…

English cricket is too glass half-empty for its own good

17 July 2017 16:28

There is, let us be honest, a certain kind of England supporter who derives some cheerful satisfaction from disaster and…

Science Must Fall: it’s time to decolonise science

17 October 2016 12:36

First we had Rhodes Must Fall, now it’s the turn of Science Must Fall. Students at the University of Cape…

Ntokozo Qwabe has his final say on #TipGate: ‘there is, in reality, no freedom of speech in a black body’

31 May 2016 12:30

Last month Ntokozo Qwabe made the news after he wrote of his happiness at making a waitress shed ‘white tears’…

Cultural boycotts are ineffective and wrong

25 July 2014 12:57

Scotland’s national poet Liz Lochhead has been at it again. Two years ago she was petitioning against a dance company…

Nadine Gordimer, 1923-2014

14 July 2014 20:43

Spectator reviewers over the years have had a difficult time with Nadine Gordimer’s books. Gordimer (1923 – 2014), who won…

Is democracy flourishing in South Africa?

2 May 2014 9:27

This week South Africa has held events to mark 20 years of democracy. Simon Jenkins, writing after the first election…

I hope and pray that bookshops will survive – somehow

10 April 2014 14:37

When writing a novel, there comes a time, in the process of gestation and planning, when other books are required. It…

Why shouldn’t people have a flutter on the Pistorius trial?

3 March 2014 15:39

You can bet on all manner of scummy things on Paddy Power: when Fergie and Andrew will remarry; how Julian…

A Carve-Up That’s Just Not Cricket

20 January 2014 15:14

By god, you know matters have come to a wretched pass when you feel inclined to defend and protect the…

Playing down Australia and New Zealand’s role in the Great War is shameful

10 January 2014 16:08

Back in the 1950s my grandmother wrote her memoirs of childhood in Edwardian London, a story that ends in the…

What did you do in the struggle, daddy? The real story of Nelson Mandela and the communists

10 December 2013 13:13

Reading the obituaries last Friday, one was left with impression that Nelson Mandela’s only flaws were fastidiousness and a tendency…

Nelson Mandela gave us the greatest gift of all: Hope

6 December 2013 0:02

Sometimes when a significant public figure dies, even, perhaps especially, when that death comes as no surprise and may, indeed,…

Nelson Mandela: The man and the mask

5 December 2013 21:49

South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela has died aged 95 this evening. From The Spectator’s archive, here is a personal account…

Africa’s growth spurt

12 September 2012 10:32

When South African police opened fire on striking miners at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, it had all of the hallmarks…

South Africa: Mired in corruption?

21 August 2012 11:36

On the 5th of August Mary Robinson delivered the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Cape Town. It should have been…

Racism and real estate

26 June 2012 16:45

If racism presupposes that different ethnic groups cannot live harmoniously together, then segregation puts that theory into practice. Carl H.…

A flooded world

17 January 2011 16:41

It looks like the opening of a Hollywood disaster film. The South African government has declared parts of the country…

Survive the World Cup in Style…

13 January 2010 20:28

Because everything is a market opportunity, here’s a perfect gift for any friend going to the World Cup this summer.…

Mousavi and the South African Example

17 June 2009 23:54

Democracy in America goes back to pre-election profiles of Mir Hossein Mousavi and finds a “cautious, pragmatic, vague and increasingly…