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Tuesday, October 11 2005

For the Love of Music

Not even a knife-wielding tsotsi can keep Leonard away from his reggae supplier.


Wednesday, September 14 2005

South Africa’s Ongoing Struggle Against Discrimination

Before the end of this year South Africa could be the fifth country and the first on the African continent to legalize same-sex marriages. But as Leonard reports, despite open-minded policy and laws, many closets are likely to remain shut.


Sunday, August 14 2005

Mandela at 87: A Different Ball Game

As former South African president, Nelson Mandela, turned 87 last month, our correspondent, Charles Leonard, found the 'Meaning of Mandela' in a rugby stadium.


Friday, July 15 2005

Oprah’s Feel-Good-About-Herself Zulu Identity

The motivational Oprah Winfrey show rolled into Johannesburg recently and a rather eccentric pronouncement by the talk-show queen prompted our correspondent, Charles Leonard, to write her this open letter about identity...


Thursday, June 9 2005

Get It Off Your Chest

Leonard provides a short history of sartorial free speech, during and after apartheid, as expressed on the very bodies of the people.


Tuesday, May 17 2005

Where AIDS Takes Away Your Name

When the story of how AIDS affects ordinary people in South Africa is told, their real names are seldom used - because it can get you killed.


Wednesday, April 6 2005

Is The Future Colourblind?

Three vignettes on race relations amoung South African's Youth. The struggle for political emancipation is over. Now it is a struggle for personal freedom.


Wednesday, March 9 2005

Sex, Lies and Police Videotape

Apartheid-era policeman have a certain 'look' about them that Leonard can detect from more than a decade away. You can take them out of an apartheid uniform, but you can't take the apartheid uniformly out of them. They also have a way they Look at him that still gives him chills, all these years later. You can take a leftist out of a paranoid era, but you can't take the paranoia out of a leftist.


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