LitNet contributors voice their opinions about current affairs.

Internet piracy not worth the ethics debate anymore

Rohan Magerman Opinion 2016-05-25

"Piracy has provided us with endless entertainment options."

Interview: Why were the schools burnt down?

Anonymous, Hans Pienaar Opinion 2016-05-25

The vandalising of close to 30 schools through arson and other means in Vuwani from late in April to early May left the nation puzzled. Hans Pienaar spoke to a resident who prefers to remain anonymous, as he fears for his safety.

Decolonising the curriculum: Darwin’s dangerous idea and economic development

Kamal Kweku Yakubu Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-05-09

"In the above, the interdependence between me, the writer, and you, the reader; between Kropotkin and Darwin; between Fourie and Ramose; and so between different human populations and the primacy of humane, ethical and equitable relations is thus the only discernible law of nature according to ubuntu and African philosophy."

The removal of art at UCT: interview with Sharlene Khan

Sharlene Khan, Hans Pienaar Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-04-28

"Having come out of apartheid and decades of censorship, as a society we are incredibly wary of any kind of censorship, particularly if it comes from institutions. As we should be. But in almost every case where white South African visual artists have screamed 'censorship' I’ve struggled to locate institutional/governmental censorship ..."

The removal of art at UCT: interview with Zamansele Nsele

Zamansele Nsele, Hans Pienaar Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-04-28

"Acquiring new artworks and curating desirable images and objects is the easy part. The hard part is changing the inner workings of the actual institution, not just the look of the institution."

The removal of art at UCT: interview with Wamuwi Mbao

Wamuwi Mbao Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-04-26

"One way to decolonise objects in a meaningful way is to let go of the Ozymandian idea that art has to last in one form, for all time, in order to have meaning or force. After fire, new things grow."

The removal of art at UCT: Marilyn Martin's response

Marilyn Martin, Hans Pienaar Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-04-18

"I am totally opposed to the kind of direct action that was taken in Cape Town and now in other places. It precludes discussion and I think a democracy is based on the idea that when you have differences you can talk about it … it’s fundamental …"

The removal of art at UCT: interview with Alex Dodd

Alex Dodd, Hans Pienaar Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-04-18

"On a more constructive note, colonial artworks can be curated in such a way that they reveal and expose the inner workings of colonialism. They can be set in dialogue with contemporary works that bring out fresh valences in their content or they can be used as conceptual raw material for the creation of radical new artworks."

The removal of art at UCT: interview with Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele, Hans Pienaar Opinion 2016-04-14

"Let the art prevail, colonial or not colonial. This is an expression of how certain artists interpreted what they saw at certain times in history."

A letter by Allan Hendrickse

Jason Lloyd Rubrieke 2016-03-16

"I ask that you accept that whatever I have done, I have done in accordance with the dictates of my conscience ..."

Student protests and books to protest by

Fiona Snyckers Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-03-14

"Student grievances have been the subject of some of the best post-apartheid novels. These are not books that appeared briefly in print, sold a few hundred copies and disappeared without trace. They have been prescribed for school and university, reprinted many times, and translated into different languages."

The much-debated swimming excursion of the late Rev Allan Hendrickse

Jason Lloyd Rubrieke 2016-03-08

"So, did Hendrickse, who was chairperson of the Ministers’ Council in the House of Representatives at the time, and also a member of the Botha cabinet, really apologise to Botha for the swim, as is widely believed?"

Misdirected anger towards Afrikaans

Khethiwe Marais Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-03-04

"Why is there such lethargy and dithering on the commitment to the effective recognition and implementation of multilingual policy, especially with regard to the indigenous languages of South Africa? Why do these languages not play a central role in society in general and education in particular?"

US-konvokasie 2016: Courage, Compassion and Complexity - Reflections on the new Matieland and South Africa

Lovelyn Chidinma Nwadeyi Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-01-27

"Ladies and gentlemen, something is brewing in South Africa. I do not know the name of that something, but I know that it is irreversible and will continue to brew and boil over, whether we give it permission to do so or not."

Jason Lloyd’s Open Letter to Redi Tlhabi

Jason Lloyd Opinion 2016-01-22

"Where was the evidence which suggested Van Rooyen's incompetence?"

University Seminar 2016: Achille Mbembe on the new politics of the South African student

Achille Mbembe, Hans Pienaar Opinion 2016-01-21

"The students ... It’s a generation of people who are more and more convinced that they have been sold a lie ... And they are determined to put on the table some of the questions we have put under the carpet for a long time. All those difficult issues we have not tackled enough. And that shift, that cultural shift it seems to me is much more important than anything else, and it signals a new form of politics, at least on campuses."

This cannot go on

Anton Taylor Opinion 2016-01-13

"And I ask: How would you feel, today, if your dad weren’t once allowed into Claremont at night? If you knew that your family had been systematically and purposely undermined for hundreds of years?"

Remembering and forgetting: Reflections on Francois Smith’s novel Kamphoer

Chris van der Merwe, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Francois Smith Opinion 2015-12-08

"We tend to say so easily, forget about the past and go on to the future; it just does not work. The real challenge is to remember, perpetrators as well as victims, to remember what needs to be worked through and what needs to be forgiven. And then try and work against the natural tendency of continuing the pattern of oppression, with only a reversal of the roles from time to time."

Priorities for research in the field of education

Aslam Fataar Opinion 2015-12-02

"Resisting the popular media projection that education is in crisis, I ask instead what kind of research is able to bring the complexity of our current educational experiences into fuller view."

Monolingualism, not Afrikaans, must fall

Desmond Painter Opinion 2015-12-02

"Afrikaans does not pose a problem that can be resolved simply by replacing it with English."