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Protesters occupy a national highway in the Western Cape. EPA/Nic Bothma

Growing Western Cape protests show citizens expect greater accountability

Governing parties and officials need to take note of the frustration being expressed by ordinary South Africans.
Citizens protest on the streets of Kinshasa in the DRC. Robert Carrubba/EPA-EFE

The DRC is still in crisis but there is a way out

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been in turmoil since President Kabila refused to relinquish power at the end of his term. But there is hope of ending the stalemate.
Somaliland’s ruling party candidate and newly elected president Musa Bihi Abdi. Stringer/Reuters

Somaliland after the elections: old traps, new challenges

The self-declared territory of Somaliland has held peaceful elections since it broke away from Somalia in 1991. But last month's polls triggered protests that should be cause for reflection.
Congolese soldiers arrest anti-government protester in North Kivu province. Kenny Katombe/Reuters

2017: the year the Democratic Republic of Congo would like to forget

President Joseph Kabila was supposed to step down at the end of his term in 2016. By clinging on to power he threw the Democratic Republic of Congo into a vicious cycle of deadly conflict.
French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to French counter-terrorism forces in northern Mali, in May. EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson

What drives instability in Africa and what can be done about it

Some African countries present a facade of democracy. The absence of substantive democracy is contributing to instability on the continent.

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