Steven Friedman is a public commentator and an academic, currently employed as a Research Professor at the University of Johannesburg. He has been writing on South African politics for the entire democratic period both as a scholar and public commentator. He has published books on South Africa’s transition to democracy, the role of the trade union movement, and current South African politics. He has also written columns and articles for several South African newspapers. His writing seeks to use academic research to shed light on current politics but to ensure that this is conveyed in a way easily understood by people who have no academic training.
Welcome To Against The Tide
Against the Tide is an emailed column commenting on current South African politics and, occasionally, on events elsewhere in the world. It aims to offer a different perspective from mainstream news and commentary by looking beneath the surface and, where necessary, challenging much of the thinking in South Africa’s public debate.
THE Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, would no doubt be horrified to be called a champion of colonial thinking. So would many whose loud voices agree with him. But that is exactly what they are.Read More
YOU know an election is on the horizon when parties begin making boastful claims about their support. But the most important voices in next year’s general election may be not the voices we hear but those we do not.Read More