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Mphuthumi Ntabeni

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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.

Cardinal Marx, Karl Marx, Catholic Social Teaching and the critique of capitalism

Mphuthumi Ntabeni has been following the heated-debate that raged around comments that were made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the Archbishop of Munich-Freising, about Karl...

A comparison: Helen Zille, Japanese Literature and Twitter

Mputhumi Nthabeni reflects on Helen Zille's latest Twitter tirade suggesting that though she may have drawn inspiration from ancient Japanese literary forms she has not...

REVIEW | No Longer At Ease

In 2018 we mark the diamond jubilee of the the 1958 novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. This novel was read widely in...

Part 1: Catholic Social Teaching and the rights of workers

Worker’s Day is on the 1 May. In a two-part series Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at what the Catholic Church, specifically Catholic Social Teaching, says...

Part 2: Catholic Social Teaching and the rights of workers

Worker’s Day is on the 1 May. In a two-part series Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at what the Catholic Church, specifically Catholic Social Teaching, says...

Can Ramaphosa repair our broken economy?

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, recently announced an "ambitious investment drive" which will see "investment envoys" engage domestic and foreign investor opportunities in order...

Books and Religion

Mphuthumi Ntabeni examines the shared bicentenary of the National Library of South Africa and the Roman Catholic Church. He looks at the role the church has played in South Africa - and throughout history in various parts of the world - in preserving knowledge and promoting literacy. He describes how the Roman Catholic Church had an important role in the foundation of libraries in South Africa and looks at her chequered relationship with books: at times conserving, and at other times, burning them. Why is it that the Church was so concerned about books?

Letter to the editor: Why labelling Winnie Madikizela Mandela as a tyrant is wrong

I take strong exception to Paul Trewhela’s likening of Winnie Madikizela Mandela to Hitler and Stalin. I am also stupefied that Spotlight.Africa would publish...

REVIEW — The Land is Ours

This is an excruciating book of loss of crucial black talent that describes how all-encompassing the colonial and apartheid systems were in destroying all manner of black lives. A historical journey through the history of the country's first black lawyers and the founding of what would become the ANC, the book is also testimony to the resilience of the black spirit. Mphuthumi Ntabeni reviews The Land is Ours by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.

“Tell Peter to come too!” A personal reflection on the Easter Triduum

The Easter Triduum marks the most sacred days in the Christian calendar. Mphuthumi Ntabeni reflects on his experience and what moves him as the Christian communities gather around the world to recall the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

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Present happenings in South Africa show a growing urgency and a desperate need for talking about racism; but perhaps in ways that, before, we...

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In 2018 we mark the diamond jubilee of the the 1958 novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. This novel was read widely in...

REVIEW — The Land is Ours

This is an excruciating book of loss of crucial black talent that describes how all-encompassing the colonial and apartheid systems were in destroying all manner of black lives. A historical journey through the history of the country's first black lawyers and the founding of what would become the ANC, the book is also testimony to the resilience of the black spirit. Mphuthumi Ntabeni reviews The Land is Ours by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.

The depoliticised history of the ANC formation

Tracing the non-romantic and authentic history of the formation of the ANC is not an easy thing to do. But it can be painstakingly done by trawling through newspaper clippings of the black newspapers of the time; from ANC archives; an exercise of intellectual joining of historical dots; and through oral recordings. Dissatisfied with what is on offer, Mphuthumi Ntabeni has decided give it a go, starting by trying to make sense of that history from reading newspaper clips of the era. Follow his journey through time to better understand the politics of South Africa's ruling party.

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