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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.
Polls and elections are considered vital democratic tools – but there’s more to true democracy. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Genuine democracy involves more than just polling people

There are several different ways to approach democracy. Polls, elections and referenda all feature, but they're not the only way to deepen democracy.
Nelson Mandela, accompanied by his wife Winnie, walks out of the Victor Verster prison on February 11, 1990. Ulli Michel/Reuters

The Mandela Foundation’s verdict on the Mandela era: it failed …

The foundation founded by Nelson Mandela in 1999 has done a major revision - it has written off most of his reign as comprising "grand symbolic gestures".
A student tries to stem her bleeding during clashes at the University of the Witwatersrand. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Why student protests in South Africa have turned violent

Protest movements become radicalised by two factors: escalating policing and competitive escalation between political adversaries and other protesting groups.
Older generation freedom fighters like Nelson Mandela are losing currency among some young people in South Africa. Yves Herman/Reuters

Why the ‘loss of faith’ in heroes like Mandela may not be such a bad thing

Student activists are losing faith in the legacies of anti-apartheid heroes like Nelson Mandela. Perhaps all South Africans should do the same. It may just be what the country needs for its future.

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