A new wave of political and digital activism in South African politics has brought together people in new ways and a number of emerging political voices are increasingly at odds with one another.
“Digital underground” is one of the buzzwords being thrown around to describe this emerging form of political activism.
It means the people who are using technology to make political statements, but without having a specific political affiliation.
“It’s a new thing in South Africans politics, because there’s been a lot of digital activism, but it’s not something new,” said Ben Zulu, a political activist and founder of South African digital activism group the Internet and Media Action Network.
Zulu and other South African politicians like Zulu Mmusi Maimane and Dlamini Maimana are at odds, however, with one other person, political commentator and journalist Brielle Kebede, who says she was “lonely” for many years.
The two women met while studying at the University of Cape Town, and have been collaborating on the project “Digital Underground” since March.
“I met Briel and I knew she was a feminist,” Zulu told Newsweek.
“That’s when we started collaborating and that’s when I knew it was a project for us,” she said.
The project is a response to the rise of South Africa’s newly formed Pirate Party, which is opposed to both the South African government and the opposition ANC party.
Zulus said that the Pirate Party is also trying to take the ANC’s platform to the masses.
“What’s interesting is that we’re not going to go after the ANC for all the issues,” she explained.
Zulu said the two groups had reached an agreement about how to operate. “
There’s a lot that people don’t understand and we’re trying to break down the silos of the ANC.”
Zulu said the two groups had reached an agreement about how to operate.
“Brielle’s a social media person, we’ve been working together for years, and she’s a political journalist and I’m a political commentator.
We’re both working in a way that works for the South Africans.
We want to bring people together.
We all have a common goal,” she told Newsweek in an interview at a cafe in Cape Town.
“The thing we agree on is that there needs to be a real democratic voice for people, that people should have a voice, not just for their own political views, but also for other issues,” Zulus added.
South Africa is one country that is far from perfect in terms of digital freedom.
The country’s Communications Commission recently banned Facebook and Twitter, among other services.
But the South Africa Freedom of Information Act (SAFOA) and other laws mean that citizens have access to information in a wide variety of ways, from court cases to public meetings to public opinion polls.
And that’s a huge advantage for people like Zulus.
“Our main mission is to make sure people have access and the information is accessible to them.
But that’s not going in isolation,” she added.
“People can see what’s happening around them, which allows them to make decisions.
That’s the power of the internet, is that it allows people to make choices.”
South African activist Zulu says that “digital underground” has been very helpful in helping her and her group to connect.
“Every time we meet people, we’re very open.
It’s a way for us to connect and to be open,” she continued.
“When we meet other people, it’s more open to discuss issues that are relevant to the people and to each other, because we are very connected.”
Zulus, who has also founded the political organization Afrifora, said she and other activists had reached out to the Pirate party’s national coordinator, Mmusu Maimadi, to get their ideas and ideas on how to move forward.
“Mmusu said to me, ‘This is what we want to do, this is what you can do, and this is how you can work together.'”
Zulu agreed and helped the Pirate movement in its efforts to reform the country’s laws, while also supporting the EFF, which she said had been working hard on digital issues.
“This is not the only way to take things forward.
But there is this internet where we can all work together,” she concluded.
Zulu Mmusil Maimadze, the Pirate’s national organizer and South African spokesperson, also told Newsweek that she believes that South Africans should be “very proud” of the new political climate.
“To have so many different kinds of politicians talking to eachother, to be able to find a common ground, and to see a lot more people on the street, to see so many young people participating in this is really inspiring,” she stressed.
“A lot of people have said to us, ‘We want to go into politics because of this digital