Mukoni Ratshitanga
5 minute read
30 Aug 2019
12:41 am

The GDP of flat earth politics

Mukoni Ratshitanga

Quite often, once a view is held as absolutely true in the subliminal imagination of groups or the wider society, its popularity intimidates all but the most determined critics.

Mukoni Ratshitanga.

In a rather terse social media post last week, Zuko Godlimpi, a Johannesburg-based activist, ungenerously described “decolonisation” – one of the political phrases in popular vogue – as “the new slang in the corridors of mediocrity”. Rather than being a mockery or an objection to the historical process of decolonisation, Godlimpi’s intervention sought to critique the imprecise and loose use of analytical concepts which passes often without asking the question: “What does it mean?” Equally, imprecise readings of complex sociological and political phenomena can produce misdiagnoses and lead to deficient remedies whose consequences are discerned long after their effects have...