Nelson Mandela Foundation

Axolile Notywala Ig

This year, Freedom Day arrived amid a crisis of political accountability. By now, the headlines are familiar—the most recent elections saw the lowest voter turnout since 1994, a sign of growing political disaffection. At the same time, there is an increasing rightward move in political talk as different factions blame migrants for worsening economic opportunity, turning attention away from the much more complex redistributive policy the country needs. The consensus is clear: our moment calls for renewed mass organising. In a Q&A to honour Freedom Day, Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity Axolile Notywala reflects on the possibilities and challenges of such movement-building, drawing on his work on the Movement for Collective Action and Racial Equity (Movement for CARE) which is cultivating solidarity among Black and Coloured communities in Cape Town. 

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