Rian Malan

F.W. de Klerk was a hero of our time

12 November 2021 3:02 am

FW de Clerk, the last president of apartheid South Africa, has died at the age of 85. In 2010 Rian Malan…

South Africa Notebook: After Zuma’s fall, and life on the Little Karoo

24 February 2018 9:00 am

In recent years, living in South Africa has been a bit like having cancer. The malaise eating us from within…

Jacob Zuma — a tribalist whose extended family and fellow Zulus have benefited hugely from his accession to power

R.W. Johnson: 40-odd years prophesying the end for South Africa

29 August 2015 9:00 am

I think this should begin with a truth-in-journalism disclosure: I know R.W. Johnson well enough to call him Bill. Since…

At least South Africa has the world’s best murder trials

18 October 2014 9:00 am

South Africa’s spectacular murder trials – first Oscar Pistorius, now Shrien Dewani – help take minds off other difficulties

What a lost prison manuscript reveals about the real Nelson Mandela

18 January 2014 9:00 am

His long-lost prison manuscript sheds new light on the president’s politics, smoothed over in ‘Long Walk to Freedom’

Witch-hunting capitalism in Africa

5 October 2013 9:00 am

It’s become trendy to blame capitalism for witchcraft in Africa

The world’s media are waiting for Mandela to die. Here’s why he’s disappointing them

6 July 2013 9:00 am

The past few weeks have been an agonising dress rehearsal for the great statesman’s death