The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.
Referenda have their place in democracy, but can also be misused.
The ANC, alienated from intellectuals and the middle class and having lost most of its talented youth leadership, is clearly on a downward path.
For a long time South Africa thought it had a Jacob Zuma problem. In fact its got a systemic ANC problem.
South Africa's electoral commission's failure to ensure a credible voters' roll threatens to undo its legacy of free and fair elections.
The Algerian revolution had a profound effect on both Mandela and Fanon's thinking about colonisation, oppression and freedom.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court has performed remarkably well in protecting democracy since 1995.
Polls indicate that South Africans are unlikely to totally abandon the African National Congress.
South African voters are worried about how their country is being run. Most still support the ANC but in far fewer numbers.
The ANC has lost so much support among its traditional voters it's now forced to look beyond them to retain power.
South Africa's jobs summit failed to acknowledge fundamental issues in the approach to development and job creation.
South Africa's new finance minister comes with considerable skills and political finesse needed to steer the country out of its economic quagmire.
Ramaphosa's stimulus package is more interesting for what it says about the politics of economic decision making than for its likely impact on the economy.
Electoral support by trade union federation Cosatu has been a huge asset for South Africa's governing ANC.
Politicians' knee jerk dismissal of an idea that could help rehabilitate ex-offenders is
Troubles in South Africa's coalition-led local governments are affecting accountability, governance stability and service delivery.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi carries extensive accountability for the sectarianism that characterised politics in South Africa before 1994.
The push to nationalise South Africa's Reserve Bank is informed by the mistaken view that private shareholders affect monetary policy.
South Africa's official opposition, the Democratic Alliance needs to face its racial dilemmas.
South Africa's ruling party, the ANC , is mishandling the process leading towards land expropriation without compensation.