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‘South Africa put me on the map, discovered me’: Listen to an interview with Rodriguez

Sugar ManSixto Rodriguez, the American musician better known as Sugar Man, is currently in South Africa to perform his sixth tour.

Africa Melane spoke to Rodriguez on Talk Radio 702 to talk about his remarkable story, the documentary that led to his “resurrection” and the subsequent book by Craig Bartholomew Strydom and Stephen Segerman, Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez.

When asked why he loves South Africa so much that he keeps coming back, Rodriguez says: “The thing is, South Africa put me on the map. South Africa discovered me and now I’ve become a global product in the the music business.”

The legendary musician specifically ascribes his current success to Strydom and Segerman’s dedication to his music which led to the Academy Award-winning documentary.

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Emma Sadleir warns of the dangers of “digital vigilantism” and defaming people on social media

Don't Film Yourself Having SexSocial media expert and lawyer Emma Sadleir chatted to Talk Radio 702’s Azania Mosaka about “the double-edged sword of social media”.

Sadleir is the co-author of the invaluable book Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex: and Other Legal Advice For the Age of Social Media.

Mosaka and Sadleir discuss a number of recent social media issues, including the case of Amber Amour, a 27-year-old American activist who, while visiting South Africa to promote her “Stop Rape, Educate” campaign, posted a picture of herself crying, claiming to have been raped minutes before.

The post went viral around the world, but was soon removed by Instagram because it “violated community guidelines”. Instagram has since apologised to Amour and reinstated the caption.

“I do see its place in society for victims to raise awareness, to tell their stories,” Sadleir says of these kinds of posts, but she adds that she is concerned about “digital vigilantism”, saying that a case must also be opened with the police.

“The best thing about social media is that it gives everyone a voice; the worst thing about social media is that it gives everyone a voice,” Sadleir says. “It must be done responsibly.

“It concerns me that people can go onto these platforms and state allegations as if they have been proved.”

Sadleir says it is “very easy” to be sued for defamation in South Africa: “You only need to prove three things,” she says. These three things are:

  • 1. Publication to one other person – even on a Whatsapp group
  • 2. It must refer to you
  • 3. It must be defamatory, it must lower your reputation

 
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White Power Today: Christi van der Westhuizen Chats to Aubrey Masango (Podcast)

White PowerChristi van der Westhuizen recently took part in the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) “Roundtable on Whiteness – Whites, Afrikaans, Afrikaners: Addressing Post-Apartheid Legacies, Privileges and Burdens” where thought leaders like former president Kgalema Motlanthe, Achille Mbembe, Mary Burton, Mathews Phosa, Ernst Roets and Nico Koopman disucssed topics like “Being White Today” and “The Place of Afrikaans”.

CapeTalk’s Aubrey Masango invited Van der Westhuizen, an associate professor at the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS & Gender at the University of Pretoria, on his Late Night Talk show to reflect on what was said during the event. Her topic on the day was “White Power Today”, following up on her 2010 book White Power: The Rise and Fall of the National Party.

“Apartheid has officially come to an end, but white power persists. Whiteness derives its power from operating invisibly. It is an unspoken regime of oppressive norms and so it is absolutely necessary to disturb whiteness by making it seen,” Van der Westhuizen wrote in an article for the Sunday Times after the discussion on whiteness, expanding on some of the things discussed at the event.

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Whiteness is not skin pigmentation, but the meaning attached to pinkish, whiteish skin. People with such skin are seen as “naturally” belonging to the top, while darker-skinned people are racialised as black, to be placed as “naturally” at the bottom. This has a wide-ranging effect on the distribution of resources, resulting in white privilege and black deprivation.

Democracy has been good to white people in South Africa. The average annual income in white households was R125,495 in 1996 – in contrast to R29,827 for black households. White households’ average annual income rose to R530,880 in 2013, in contrast to R88,327 in black households. Out of 4.5million whites, only 35,000 live in poverty, according to StatsSA.

Masango wanted to know more about Van der Westhuizen’s article and the MISTRA conversation in general. She opens the interview by explaining: “If there is anything like ‘an Afrikaner’ I regard them as part and parcel of the South African nation. Within the South African nation there is of course different ethnic groups and I regard them as one of them”.

Van der Westhuizen identifies three different groups of Afrikaners: Afrikaans African Nationalists, the Neo-Afrikaner Enclave, and Afrikaans South Africans. Listen to the podcasts to understand this differentiation and for Van der Westhuizen’s fascinating insight to Afrikaners and white power today:

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“Digital Vigilantism is Something We Should All be Concerned About” – Emma Sadleir (Podcast)

Don't Film Yourself Having SexWhat happens when someone decides to name and shame their rapist on social media?

This is the question that Stephen Grootes, host of The Midday Report on 702 and CapeTalk, recently asked Emma Sadleir, social media law expert and co-author of Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex: and Other Legal Advice For the Age of Social Media.

Sadleir says that when people take to social media to out their attackers it’s usually a last resort after being failed by the police or the justice system.

“I call this digital vigilantism,” Sadleir says, reminding listeners that people are innocent until proven guilty. She explains that it could be very dangerous to put this kind of content on social media, and that the victim also runs the risk of being sued for defamation of character.

Sadleir adds that she understands why people would try to get justice through social media, but she remains concerned about people using social media for the wrong reasons. “Digital vigilantism is something we should all be concerned about,” she says.

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Why Sally Andrew Invented Tannie Maria: "To Teach Me How to Love … and Maybe How to Cook!" (Podcast)

Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria MysterySally Andrew was recently interviewed by Nancy Richards for SA FM about her newly published debut Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery.

In the interview, Andrew tells Richards about the authors and influences that affected her choice of genre for this book. She says she was interested in exploring the theme of love, although she doesn’t like to write romance. “I really like the genre of the old-fashioned, cosy, mystery writers,” she says. Her love of “the slow moving writing of Alexander McCall Smith and Herman Charles Bosman” also affected her chosen style.

Andrew says she invented Tannie Maria, the lovable and irrepressible narrator of her novel, to “keep me grounded and laughing, and to teach me how to love … and maybe how to cook!”

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Michele Rowe Describes Hour of Darkness in 140 Characters and Takes a Writing Rorschach Test (Podcast)

Hour of DarknessJonathan Ancer’s AmaBookaBooka radio show caught up with Michéle Rowe at this year’s Open Book Festival to chat about her new book, Hour of Darkness.

Rowe starts off the episode by reading a passage from her book, which is set in the exclusive Constantia Valley outside Cape Town where a band of robbers see Earth Hour as the perfect chance to wreak havoc.

Ancer asked Rowe to describe her book in 140 characters. “It’s a murder mystery but it’s also a social investigation of character, landscape and the politics of Cape Town,” she said.

Ancer also asked Rowe to participate in the sound effects Rorschach test. He played a 30-second audio clip and Rowe had to make up a story about the sound on the spot.

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Ivan Vladislavic Believes Society's Monuments Should be Complex, with a Sense of Irony (Podcast)

Ivan Vladislavic
101 DetectivesThe FollyFlashback HotelDouble NegativeThe Loss Library The Restless Supermarket

 
Ivan Vladislavić chatted to Corina van der Spoel on the RSG Skrywers en Boeke show recently.

Vladislavić won the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize for fiction this year, along with Teju Cole and Helon Habila. His most recent book is 101 Detectives.

Vladislavić chats about the very welcome prize money that came with the Windham Campbell Prize, how being a very precise editor has made his writing process more chaotic, and how he has become interested in the writing that does not get published (hence the “deleted scenes” in 101 Detectives).

He also talks about his relationship with Johannesburg, which he describes as “complicated”.

“My affection for Johannesburg has flourished and also withered away over time,” he says. “I find I like the place more, and then I like it less, according to my own circumstances. I still find it fascinating, for some of the same reasons that I like to write: it’s difficult. But it’s not often fun, is it?

“You have to find what’s interesting, and you have to find a way of surviving here, without the city completely diminishing you or grinding you to dust. It’s an ongoing challenge. One can take these challenges as a way of clarifying something for yourself. For me, as a writer, primarily in my work. But Johannesburg also forces you to confront things in the way that you live, and your relationship with other people, that’s maybe a good and necessary thing.”

Van der Spoel asks Vladislavić for his views on the Rhodes Must Fall movement, since his 1996 collection of short stories Propaganda by Monuments pondered similar issues.

Vladislavić says he is glad people have been forced to admit that statues and monuments are not neutral.

“If they are just a bunch of old statues, then why are people so attached to them?” he asks. “These things have value in society, they stand for something, and they don’t stand for the same thing for everybody.

“It has the potential, anyway, to make people think hard about how the society represents itself, what the power is of representing certain ideas in the form of a statue or a monument. I think that’s the positive side of it.

“We need a society and a public domain that’s complex. If we are going to represent anything in our public spaces by the construction of monuments or museums the least one would hope for is that we construct something complex and something that asks questions rather than delivers answers, delivers final position on things. I think there are many more inventive or interesting things to do with a statue than to take it away and put it in a warehouse.

“To live in a society like this you need a sense of irony. You need a sense of irony about yourself and the society, and how it came to be. How we came to be living where we live. I would hope for a broad and open and maybe even amused public space rather than one that declares certain things anathema.”

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"Mission Accomplished, Actually" – Max du Preez says He Made His Point about SAA, Despite Legal Bullying

A Rumour of SpringMax du Preez, veteran journalist and author of A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 years of Democracy, was threatened with a court order after sharing a link to an internal SAA memo that reveals the airline’s insolvent status.

Du Preez spoke to Stephen Grootes on CapeTalk/Talk Radio 702 about why he decided to share the link to a document he knew was subject to a interim court order, and why he chose to submit to SAA’s demands and delete his social media posts. He calls the airline management “a bunch of bullies”, and as a private individual he cannot take them on in court.

Although he has now deleted his posts, Du Preez is satisfied because the public has access to important information about an organisation being funded by their tax, and SAA’s court orders will likely be overturned anyway. He says: “Mission accomplished, actually.”

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Jabu Masina, One of Two Surviving of the Delmas Four, Contributes His Story to Oral History (Podcast)

In a Different TimeIn In a Different Time: The inside story of the Delmas Four, lawyer Peter Harris relates the real events of the trial of four ANC foot soldiers

Frans “Ting Ting” Masango, Jabu Masina, Neo Potsane and Joseph Makhura became well known for their refusal to participate in their trial, even though they could be sentenced to death. They disputed the legitimacy of the court, on the basis of being soldiers in the just war against the apartheid state.

Masina, who is one of the two surviving members of the group, was recently interviewed Masechaba Lekalake for Power FM about his experiences as a soldier for the ANC, and being involved in “one of the longest trials of the apartheid era”.

Lekalake calls the story of the Delmas Four “one laced with bravery and unshakable resolve”, and regards Masina’s story as an important element of South Africa’s oral history.

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The Oscar Pistorius Case Round 2: State Appeals Against Culpable Homicide Verdict (Podcast)

Chase Your ShadowVan sprokie tot tragedie in die kolligOn Tuesday, the state appealed Oscar Pistorius’ culpable homicide conviction in an attempt to overturn the verdict to murder.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) heard arguments from both sides of the case from Pistorius’ lawyer Barry Roux and state prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

News24 reports that Judge Eric Leach directed tough questions at Roux and that both sides had valid arguments.

A judgement was not made on Tuesday, and News24 spoke to experts who believe that the final verdict can go either way:

Defence attorney Ulrich Roux said it was clear that Barry Roux had to think on his feet.

“Judge [Eric] Leach was very hard on Barry Roux and asked him some difficult questions especially pertaining to how it is possible that the respondent, or Oscar, could not have foreseen that firing those shots into the door could lead to the death of a person.”

He said the definition of dolus eventualis, as pointed out by Leach, was not about whether your actions led to the death of a specific person but rather related to the actual death of a person.

After the court was adjourned, the pool microphones were not turned off yet and Roux was heard telling Nel that he was going to “lose”. Nel refused to comment on the statement, stating the the microphones should have been switched off:

Bloemfontein – State prosecutor Gerrie Nel said on Tuesday he could not comment on the context in which Oscar Pistorius’s advocate Barry Roux had told him that he, Roux, was going to “lose”.

“No, I can’t. You should speak to Roux about it,” Nel told News24, smiling as he wheeled his briefcase across the Supreme Court of Appeal courtyard to the exit.

Roux did not answer his phone or respond to a text message for clarification.

After court adjourned on Tuesday afternoon, pool microphones for the broadcast picked up Roux and Nel chatting after proceedings, which had been broadcast live.

Jenna Etheridge writes that the Pistorius family did not attend the appeal, as the purpose of the meeting was to focus on the legalities pertaining to the case:

Bloemfontein – The family of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius did not attend an appeal against his conviction in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

Their spokesperson Anneliese Burgess said one of the reasons for their absence at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) was to ensure that the focus remained on the legal issues.

“It has been the family’s position throughout that the legal process should be allowed to run its course,” she said after the SCA reserved judgment.

“The family feels it is inappropriate to comment on this matter while the Appeal Court deliberates.”

The Guardian explained yesterday’s proceedings:

Pistorius is not present at the one-day hearing in Bloemfontein, 400km (250 miles) south-west of Johannesburg, his lawyer Barry Roux told Reuters.

A panel of five judges are hearing the appeal, and could either order a retrial, convict Pistorius of murder, or reject the prosecution’s appeal, legal experts have said.

“The [high] court not only approached the circumstantial evidence incorrectly, but also incorrectly excluded relevant evidence,” prosecutors said in documents filed at the court.

Nel argued that Pistorius cannot escape a murder verdict, based on the objective facts. The Week reports on the state’s strategy and explains why the state has a strong case for murder:

Nel’s arguments

“On the objective facts, the accused cannot escape a verdict of murder,” Nel has told the court.

He claims Masipa ignored circumstantial evidence, looking at it piece by piece, rather than as a “mosaic”.

Pistorius offered conflicting defences, such as self-defence to justify the shooting but then a lack of intention to kill, says Nel. He insists that the fact Pistorius fired four shots into a toilet door shows his intention to kill a person, regardless of whether he knew it was Steenkamp or if he believed it was an intruder.

Yesterday, the ANC Women’s League in the Motheo District told OFM that they would like to see Pistorius back behind bars and that the final sentence would satisfy Reeva and the women of the country.

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