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Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Mphuthumi Ntabeni lives in Cape Town where he is a political commentator and writer. He writers for the Southern Cross and his book, The Broken River Tent is published by Black Back Book, an imprint of Jacana Books, in early 2018.

 

22 posts

Time for national introspection

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South Africans are partly to blame for the Zuma-sized mess our country is in. By not using our vote, by not demanding change, and by being gullible time and time again, we have allowed our politics to be corrupted. And without national introspection, says Mphu... More »

Dear Cyril, we’re gasping for air

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South Africans are waiting for clarity from Cyril Ramaphosa on the future of Jacob Zuma, but with every meeting called and statement issued without definitive information, the country's faith in the ANC's new leadership takes a substantial knock. Mphuthumi Nta... More »

REVIEW: Always Another Country

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This book is racy and Afro funky; cosmopolitan and pan Africanist; intersectional and intimate. It depicts a young life that had to grow up very quickly under fast changing circumstances, and forever changing landscapes, cultures, politics and religion. Mphuth... More »

Dear Cyril

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With the rise of Cyril Ramaphosa to the presidency of the ANC, we have seen the rise of hope, potential investment, and the Rand. Will the new party leader make good on his promises and can he do what desperately needs to be done? Can he rid government of corr... More »

Archbishop Makgoba was right

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The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, called for the recall of President Jacob Zuma and a targeted cabinet reshuffle in his Christmas sermon. This sparked a heated debate on social media. Mphuthumi Ntabeni argues that if the Archbishop had not d... More »

She’s Gotta Have It - a review

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The Netflix original series, She's Gotta Have It brings to the fore questions of race, feminism and sexuality in America. Mphuthumi Ntabeni considers whether the series lends itself to constructive and meaningful conversation or whether it's an example of an e... More »

ANC Conference: The Lobbyists

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Spotlight Africa will be providing commentary during the ANC elective conference providing updates and analysis before, during and after the event. In the first part of this series, Mphuthumi Ntabeni takes a look at the lobbyists of the two campaigns - NDZ17 (... More »

Talking about a revolution

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As the ANC election nears, Mphuthumi Ntabeni takes a closer look at the two campaigns and considers which would better serve South Africa and would most likely lessen the impact of the economic depression the country is fast headed towards. More »