Last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump white nationalists, far-right extremists, QAnon adherents, and members of white supremacy groups "reflects a long history" of U.S. political leaders encouraging deadly white supremacist violence against democratic governments, writes Shannon M. Smith, a historian of protests and Reconstruction.
Roger Southall, a professor of sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, explains how and why Pretoria's diplomacy has so far failed to use Zimbabwe's dependency on South Africa to force the Mnangagwa regime to stop its ongoing persecution of opposition leaders, dissenters, rights defenders and journalists.
Read South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement announcing a 21-day lockdown "to save millions of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people", issued March 23, 2020, after South Africa had experienced a six-fold increase in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in just eight days.
Read President Cyril Ramaphosa's statement declaring the novel coronavirus or Covid-19 a "national state of disaster" and outlining South Africa's "urgent and drastic" measures to combat the pandemic, issued Sunday, March 15, 2020, when SA had 61 confirmed cases. Five days later, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa had soared to 150.
The late Zimbabwean liberation war hero Dumiso Dabengwa played a defining role during the final years of Zimbabwe's war of liberation from colonial rule, as well as during the independent country's first few years, when "the British had already made a decision with Mugabe" to carry out the Gukurahundi genocide.