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The new secretary general of the United Nations should drive substantive reforms, particularly accountability of the international body. Shutterstock

What Africa should demand from the next United Nations secretary general

Africa should focus on the feasible reforms of the UN and de-emphasise its demand for improved representation on the Security Council voting reforms, given the complex politics around these issues.
President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former anti-apartheid activist Sophie de Bruyn at the unveiling of a monument to the 1956 women’s march. GCIS

Local elections show that South Africa’s women continue to play second fiddle

South Africa's past tells us that, under certain conditions, women mobilise in ways that produce significant political results. But the country's present shows how easily these gains can evaporate.
South African President Jacob Zuma reacts during the official announcement of the municipal election results in Pretoria. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Message to white South African voters: Keep calm … and shut up!

Various commentators have wrongly over the last 22 years said that black people voted blindly for ANC governments. There's no better example why the academy needs a dramatic post-colonial overhaul.
A man walks through a field of crosses erected near Pretoria, South Africa, to honour mostly white farmers who have died in. farm attacks. Reuters/Juda Ngwenya

Facts show South Africa has not become more violent since democracy

The widely-held assumption that murder rates have been increasing in South Africa in the past two decades is incorrect – and it may divert attention from a new problem that needs attention.
Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s successor faces the challenge of making the organisation more accountable. UN

What can be done to stop the United Nations abusing its immunity

The ‘functional immunity’ granted to UN officials made good sense when the body was founded after World War II. But as its organisational functions have expanded, so has this immunity.
Former Stanford student Brock Turner, who was sentenced to six months in jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious and intoxicated woman. Reuters

Stanford sexual assault: how social media gave a voice to the victim

The Stanford rape case ignited a social media fury and started discussions around rape that are long overdue.
Women support Jacob Zuma outside court during his 2006 rape trial. Women are often complicit in sustaining patriarchy. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Trump and Zuma: worlds apart but bound by patriarchy and sexism

Seemingly poles apart, Donald Trump and Jacob Zuma have something in common: they are both prominent patriarchs with populist support. And they both count women among their staunch supporters.

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