Articles for Zackie Achmat

Why is Jacob Zuma attacking queer people?

Former president puts tribal patriarchy ahead of our human rights


Opinion | 31 January 2024

Stop Judge Makhubele from milking the state and delaying justice

State capture-accused officials cannot be allowed to use the State Attorney as an ATM, write Zackie Achmat and Zukiswa Vuka

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Opinion | 8 August 2023

Nontsikelelo Zwedala: an unsung hero of the struggle for HIV medicines

She was one of the complainants in a Competition Commission case that resulted in antiretroviral medicines becoming affordable


Obituary | 20 March 2023

Law and power: the long road to equality for gay men

The 1998 “Sodomy Case” confirmed LGBTIQ rights at last


Analysis | 29 November 2021

Law and power: How a prisoner’s journey saved the lives of thousands

A look back at the battle for the rights of HIV-positive prisoners


Analysis | 11 November 2021

The Human Rights Commission is wrong: vaccines are not always optional

The Commission is undermining the state’s vaccine programme


Opinion | 29 July 2021

Join us on the People’s March on 7 August

Ending Zuma’s corruption is a prerequisite to achieving social justice


Opinion | 1 August 2017

Prudence Mabele was a radical who led the struggle for openness about HIV

Her eyes would laugh with anger at Thabo Mbeki and Manto Tshabalala-Msimang


Obituary | 22 July 2017

Letter from Zackie Achmat to Premier Helen Zille

“If you commit to building affordable housing you will be addressing our resistance with humility and as a leader”


Opinion | 9 June 2016

The damning evidence against Phiyega and SAPS leadership

Suspended Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has had a difficult year. Suspended by President Jacob Zuma following the Farlam Commission report which called for an investigation into her fitness to hold office for among other things tampering with evidence and lying, she now faces significant findings against her from an inquiry by the Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko.

Craig Oosthuizen and Zackie Achmat

Analysis | 13 November 2015

Police: the facts behind the Commissioner’s “good story”

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Policing should ask police management some tough questions, writes Zackie Achmat in the second in a series of articles on policing.

Zackie Achmat

Opinion | 24 October 2014

Police: Parliament must ask tough questions

It’s annual report season in Parliament, and the new Portfolio Committee on Police is finding its feet. In the first in a series of articles, Zackie Achmat has some suggestions for the committee.

Zackie Achmat

Opinion | 23 October 2014

A tribute to Gerald Kraak

Gerald Kraak (1956-2014), who was responsible for organising funding for many leading civil society organisations, died of cancer on Sunday night. Zackie Achmat pays tribute to his old friend.

Zackie Achmat

News | 21 October 2014

Apartheid geography and murder in Cape Town

Building a socially and racially integrated Cape Town will decrease our murder rate and other violent crime, writes Zackie Achmat.

Zackie Achmat

Opinion | 30 September 2014

Andile Mngxitama: we need to draw a line in the sand

On the 15th of March Jared Sacks, a journalist and activist, published an article in the Mail & Guardian asking whether or not Steve Biko, the Steve Biko of 1977, would have supported Mamphele Ramphele’s recent political initiative. Some people, including people who had been close to Biko, really liked the piece. Others, including the well-known public commentator Andile Mngxitama, didn’t like it at all.

Zackie Achmat and Richard Pithouse

Opinion | 27 March 2013