Author: Boikanyo Moloto

Freedom day holds a special place in South Africa's history as it formally marked the end of apartheid in 1994. While that was a major feat in the struggle to legally end racial discrimination, the term 'freedom' held a much broader and deeper meaning than just political freedom.  It symbolises the realisation of a renewed hope for social change for the black majority, and a better future for all – or so we thought. Is freedom still coming tomorrow? We are now 28 years into what was deemed South Africa's tomorrow, the black majority still lives in abject poverty, faced…

Boikanyo Moloto
03 May 2022

Taxi violence is a perennial problem that reflects the complexities and challenges of the South African society at large. The outbreak of violence in Gqeberha, during which several taxis and shops were set alight is sadly, a familiar occurrence. According to the Murder By Contract: Targeted killings in eastern and southern Africa report, "taxi-related targeted killings made up over half of the assassination cases seen in the country". Broadly, taxi violence mirrors the country's history and ongoing struggle to reduce violence. This speaks to the quality of democracy and the limited legitimacy of the state. Its evolution reflects our broader battle with…

Boikanyo Moloto
18 Oct 2021

Militarisation refers to a process where societies (states, institutions, and citizens) prioritise, organise, prepare for and respond to threats or crises with military action or violence. This policy brief highlights how many countries across the world, including South Africa, adopted a militarised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In South Africa, this militarised response has been noted by the deployment of the SANDF to assist with the enforcement of COVID-19 regulations as well as through the noticeable increase in the use of excessive force in response to protests.      

Boikanyo Moloto
19 Aug 2021
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