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Portrait of Miriam Tlali as part of Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons South Africa project. Date: 15.10.2014. Adrian Steirn/Courtesy of 21 Icons South Africa

Rest in power, Miriam Tlali: author, enemy of apartheid and feminist

Author Miriam Tlali was an intersectional feminist long before this term was coined or its politics made fashionable in South Africa by student movements.
Demonstrators march against corruption in Cape Town. South Africa has some way to go to plug a public accountability deficit. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

South Africa has work to do to make government more accountable

South Africa's end of term report at the helm of the Open Government Partnership shows that it failed to meet key targets it set for itself. But it also shows improvements in some areas.
A student passes South African riot police during free education protests at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Why the notion of free higher education in South Africa is misplaced

Some students argue wrongly that the ANC has betrayed the promise of free higher education made in the Freedom Charter. The governing party's populism is also to blame for the confusion.
South Africa’s student protests are raising difficult issues, some of which are not being debated openly. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s #feesmustfall protests: some inconvenient truths

Demands being made by protesting students in South Africa purport to support the poor. But the most marginalised young people in the country will not benefit from free higher education.
A defiant student sits in the middle of a road after a crowd was dispersed during a protest over fees to parliament on the occasion of finance minister Pravin Gordhan presenting his medium-term budget. Nic Bothma/EPA

South Africa’s finance minister juggles both the books and the politics

South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan's medium-term budget speech was a lot about balancing the politics of a divided ruling ANC.

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