The media has handled Steinhoff corruption with kid gloves, transformation expert says

Ngoasheng says the media has a history of reporting with racial bias towards white people and treating black people in the harshest possible terms for the same crimes.

The Steinhoff matter has been reported on very differently from how corruption in the public sector is reported on generally. It has also been reported on differently from how corruption by black businessmen in the private sector is reported.

Ramaphosa appoints South Africa’s new cabinet

She added that she “was really disappointed with the cabinet announcement not so much with individuals per se but it seems it’s like the class of 1996, a class reunion bringing in old ministers. Ramaphosa really had an opportunity to bring a lot of new young people. We will have to wait and see how people will perform”

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Analysts speculate on President Ramaphosa’s priorities in taking office

A lot of our problems emanate from the fact that we have very weak chapter nine institutions. Once he starts that journey of strengthening the chapter nine institutions, then it becomes easy to hold people accountable particularly people who are running the SOEs.

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Its time multiple perspectives are reflected in our history curriculum

One of the biggest issues is that there is this tendency where people are focused a lot on the impact of colonialism on colonised subjects. And we need to focus both on the impact of colonialism on colonised subjects as well as colonisers themselves. Because colonialism is a very violent system both the oppressor and the oppressed. — Asanda Ngoasheng, Academic and transformation expert

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Understanding the politics of Representation in Practice: Two Reflection on Positionality in Movements for change

By Asanda Ngoasheng and Kirsten Pearson

We are the co-directors of the Centre for Dialogue and Community based in South Africa. We came together as social justice activists, sharing the belief that dialogue and community building are part of what is needed to help solve some of the world’s most pressing socio-economic issues. We are middle class women of different race groups in South Africa, who are constantly challenged by our different identities and the complexities they represent. As women, we are disempowered by our status in a patriarchal society, but being middle class means we are empowered by our economic status. Our embodiment of different race groups also complicates the picture as we have to be aware of being in spaces where we hold privilege, and in ones in which we don’t.

Our work constantly forces us to engage with the ways in which intersectionality plays out at different times in different places. We constantly have to think about when to speak up and when to keep quiet, allowing other voices in the room to be heard. When working in academic and government sectors, we respectively have attempted to engage with the concept of missing voices, and build platforms for narratives absent from these sites to be heard; however, we encountered many obstacles. We both left our spaces of comfort – as a full time academic at an institution of higher education and as a deputy director in government – because we realised that the work we were doing at these institutions was limited by structural inequalities which left some vital voices out. After leaving, we had to challenge ourselves to build new methods of engaging community and think of ways to bring excluded voices into our work. 

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