Steven Friedman

About Me...

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.

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Nedlac Summit 2023

Helping Us By Helping Themselves?

SOMETIMES, politicians who are trying to solve their own problems may help us to solve ours. There is a way in which the coalition government might do exactly that.

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Vote Counting

The Least  Worst Government

THE future of party politics has arrived , brought to us by the past. And its arrival is a call to action for people who want a fairer and freer society.

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The Past Brings In The Future

THE future of party politics has arrived , brought to us by the past. And its arrival is a call to action for people who want a fairer and freer society.

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A Colonial White Paper

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.

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Applying To Be Human?

WHY do we take it for granted that human beings should stand in a line and fill out forms to claim one of our most basic rights?

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