The decision of the ruling ANC in South Africa not to ditch Jacob Zuma as President of the country has raised questions about whether this would be in the interests of the party and the country. Zuma survived a motion of no confidence at an extended meeting of the National Executive Council of the party at a venue outside Pretoria on Monday night. Giving details of the conference on Tuesday – the ANC secretary general – Gwede Mantashe – confirmed the motion against Zuma. He – however – stated that there was no vote against Zuma and the NEC had decided to work for unity within the organisatioon. Subry Govender filed this report for Radio Deutsche Welle on Tuesday, November 29 2016….. .
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
GRIFFITH MXENGE - ANTI-APARTHEID ACTIVIST LEADER WHO WAS BRUTALLY KILLED BY APARTHEID AGENTS ON NOVEMBER 19 1981. THIS RADIO FEATURE IS BEING RE-PRODUCED AS PART OF SUBRY GOVENDER'S RICH HISTORY SERIES
Monday, November 21, 2016
MS SUMBOORNAM PILLAY (AKA SAM MOODLEY) - TALKS ABOUT HER LIFE IN AN INTERVIEW WITH SUBRY GOVENDER IN 2009. In the late 1960s and 1970s – the philosophy of black consciousness had caught the imagination of hundreds of young activists in the struggles for freedom and human rights in South Africa. One of those who became involved was Sumboornam Pillay – who later became known as Sam Moodley after marrying another activist, Strinivasan Moodley. In this radio feature produced on July 23 2009 – Subry Govender highlighted the life of this former Dundee High School girl who became a formidable force in the Black Consciousness Movement. This radio feature had been uploaded onto the internet on November 21 2016 at a time when Sam Moodley celebrates her birthday.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
JULIUS MALEMA'S LAND GRAB STATEMENTS HAVE SPURRED FARM WORKERS AND OTHERS TO CLAIM PERMANENCY AND SECURITY OF LAND THEY HAVE LIVED IN FOR DECADES ON END
RADIO FEATURE ON THE NEED FOR STABILITY ON FARMING LAND IN SOUTH AFRICA
Friday, November 18, 2016
"THERE SHOULD PERMANENCY AND DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL RESIDENTS AND FARMERS IN INANDA AND ELSEWHERE IN SOUTH AFRICA"
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
RACISM HAUNTS SOUTH AFRICA - THIS TIME ON WEDNESDAY, NOV 16 2016 - 23 YEARS INTO THE NEW DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY
Racism has once again made the headlines in South Africa – 23 years into the new democratic South Africa. Two white farmers appeared in court today (Wednesday) in the town of Middleburg – north of Pretoria – after they had threatened to burn alive a black man in a coffin. They accused him of being a robber. The case has been adjourned to January next year and the two white farmers have chosen to remain in custody until their next court appearance. Subry Govender filed this report for the Afrikalink programme of Radio Deutsche Welle (Voice of Germany)...
Monday, November 14, 2016
A RADIO FEATURE ON PADDY KEARNEY BY SUBRY GOVENDER COMPILED IN SEPTEMBER 2009
A RADIO FEATURE ON THE LIFE OF STRUGGLE ACTIVIST SIVANANDAN SIVA NAIDOO OF TONGAAT, NORTH OF DURBAN, IN SOUTH AFRICA
RADIO FEATURE PRODUCED IN 2009 BY SUBRY GOVENDER
Friday, November 11, 2016
Billy Nair – a struggle stalwart who did not leave behind millions or billions in his bank but a rich legacy of selfless struggles for freedom
One of the freedom fighters and struggle stalwarts who sacrificed his life for the removal of the apartheid regime in South Africa was Billy Nair, who was imprisoned on Robben Island for nearly 20 years. Nair was part of the Natal Indian Congress, South African Communist Party, the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), the Africans National Congress (ANC) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) after his release from prison in the early 1980s. Born in the district of Sydenham in the South African coastal city of Durban on November 27 1929, Nair was the son of parents who had come from the Cochin district of Kerala in south India.
One of the freedom fighters and struggle stalwarts who sacrificed his life for the removal of the apartheid regime in South Africa was Billy Nair, who was imprisoned on Robben Island for nearly 20 years. Nair was part of the Natal Indian Congress, South African Communist Party, the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), the Africans National Congress (ANC) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) after his release from prison in the early 1980s. Born in the district of Sydenham in the South African coastal city of Durban on November 27 1929, Nair was the son of parents who had come from the Cochin district of Kerala in south India. He was also part of the group of freedom fighters who sought refuge at the British Consulate in Durban in the mid-1980s at the time of intense protests against the apartheid regime’s attempts to co-opt Indian-origin and coloured people into the so-called tri-cameral (racial) parliament. The other freedom fighters who joined Billy Nair were Paul Devadas David; Mewa Ramgobin, who passed away recently on October 17 (2016) at the age of 84; and the late M J Naidoo; Archie Gumede, and George Sewpersadh. After Nair left the British Consulate, he continued to work with the UDF to promote the freedom struggle without any concerns for his life. He addressed community meetings and students all over the country about the need to replace the apartheid regime as soon as possible. He realised this dream when Nelson Mandela was released and the ANC and other organisations were unbanned in February 1990. He campaigned vigorously for the ANC and after 1994 served as an MP in the national parliament. He died at his home in La Mercy on October 23 2008. The then President, Kgalema Motlanthe, and the ANC leader, Jacob Zuma, paid glowing tributes to Nair at an official funeral in Durban a week later.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Billy Nair – a struggle stalwart who sacrificed his life for the freedom of the people in South Africa for nearly 60 years
South Africans are dumfounded at the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States of America
Monday, November 7, 2016
Paul Devadas David - ONE OF THE STRUGGLE ACTIVISTS WHO PAID THE PRICE FOR A NON-RACIAL AND DEMOCRATIC SOUTH AFRICA
IN SEPTEMBER 2009 PAUL DAVID TOLD SUBRY GOVENDER THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR A NON-RACIAL FORUM TO WORK WITH THE RULING AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS(ANC)
National Protests in South Africa on Wednesday, (Nov 2 2016) brings back memories of the struggles of the 1970s/1980s and early 1990s.
A wave of protests were organised in several cities in South Africa on Wednesday (Nov 2 2016) to highlight the rot of corruption and state capture and the lack of integral leadership by President Jacob Zuma. The main protests took place in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. The protests took place on a day when Zuma withdrew his application in the Pretoria High Court to interdict the release of the State Capture report by the former Public Protector – Thuli Madonsela. Subry Govender compiled this radio feature for Radio Deutsche Welle (Voice of Germany) Africalink programme…