Debating civil speech and hate speech

As part of the Think!fest Programme, a panel of media experts including Adriaan Basson, Mark Oppenheimer, Verashni Pillay and Thandi Smith  sat down to debate the topics of civil speech and hate speech on 3 July. Oppenheimer, a practicing advocate and member of the Johannesburg Bar, opened the debate by defining “hate speech” as an insult or form of incitement….

The Truth about “Fake News”

The Think!Fest debate about “Fake News” invoked a term that’s become an almost laughable hashtag, thanks to Donald Trump’s prolific tweets accusing his media critics of brazen lies and distortions. But closer to home, this discussion occurred against the backdrop of the South African National Editors’ application to interdict the Gupta-associated Black First Land First…

Whose history is it anyway? Curating the ‘Good Hope’ exhibition

In South Africa, we continue to come to terms with our colonial history and the artifacts that linger from this complex and traumatic legacy. After Rhodes has fallen, do we place him in a museum? And how do we curate the fallen? At the same time, some former colonial powers have begun to reckon with…

Free education, free speech and responsibility.

Is Free Higher Education Possible in South Africa Panel Discussion                                                         Chaired by Judge Dennis Davis ‘Who is in the room?’ Activist Lindsay Maasdorp would ask this of…

The difficulty of dealing with gender-based violence

How do you unsettle, unlearn and undo gender based violence? Many conversations have been had and hopefully, will continue to be had about the subject. It’s often easy to walk away feeling dizzy and hopeless at the realisation of how multifaceted the subject is and wondering where to begin in order to move forward. Panelists Catriona Mcleod, Gorata…

Conversations on Whiteness

One of the loudest and most consistent requests from black South Africans has been for white people to take on the emotionally difficult work of educating other white South Africans about racism and whiteness Today, a room of predominantly affluent white South Africans attempted to take this challenge seriously in the What Should White People People…

Student voices dominate hashtag protest discussion

Bringing together people from different backgrounds to discuss the student protests and hashtag movements is never easy. Yet students are taking the lead, and taking to task problematic responses in the process. “I can tell you now, the people in #ZumaMustFall were dololo in #FeesMustFall, and the people of #RUreferencelist are far too often dololo in LGBTQ issues….

After disruption, we need conversation

Controversial media creates controversial and often differing responses. We’ve seen this with the media coverage of the South African student protests during the past year. Following a public screening of DISRUPT, two reporters share their perspectives on the documentary about the rape culture at the University currently known as Rhodes (UCKAR).