Reflection on how far we have come requires us to clarify our notions of ‘subject’ and ‘citizen’ and subjecthood and citizenship.
First, as with notions such as democracy and development, there are ‘thick’ and ‘thin’, notions of citizenship – notions that reduce citizenship to the formal, legal and primarily political dimensions versus those that also encompass wider economic and social dimensions.
Uhlohlesakhe-khe-khe-khe-khe….! The big voice boomed from the wireless radio of my childhood signalling the beginning of a radio drama about a man who only stuffed his own stomach.
Some people are so indistinct, its difficult to imagine that they are there, even when alive. Others have so much presence, that its impossible to imagine they have gone, even when dead. Kader Asmal was irrepressible, wonderfully so, at times unrestrainedly provocative. He engaged lustily with life.