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Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters protesting outside the Johannesburg stock exchange. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa is in danger of becoming a radicalised society – again

Since the 1940s, it's been common for political moderates to move to the fore in South Africa – then, intermittently, to the background. They are replaced by radicals or exclusivist nationalists.
Icon and reality: Nelson and Winnie Mandela as seen on screen. Production Companies Videovision Entertainment Distant Horizon Origin Pictures (in association with) Pathé

Long Walk humanises Mandela, but do we lose sight of the man who was Madiba?

The timing could not have been more poignant: as South African president Jacob Zuma announced to the world that Nelson Mandela, the father of his nation, had breathed his last, Mandela’s daughters, Zenani…
Peace, reconciliation … and boards. NJR ZA

Did Mandela surf an awesome ride to freedom, dude?

It’s there in black and white. Tinged, appropriately enough, with blue. On the inventory – handwritten in Afrikaans – of Mnr N Mandela’s personal Eiendom (property) on leaving Victor Verster prison outside…
Apartheid legacies of corruption and violence have held South Africa back, but there is still hope. Julien Behal/PA

Let’s not be impatient, there is hope for South Africa’s future

South Africa is not the most comfortable country to live in. Unemployment levels dwarf those in the troubled economies of Europe. The unemployed survive because families redistribute income internally…
Surly: Zuma’s presidency has been marked by scandal and mismanagement. WEF

Zuma is just the face of South Africa’s democratic malaise

South Africa is mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, a founding father like no other. His legacy includes a still-lauded constitution, four peaceful, free and fair democratic elections (five if 2014 follows…
‘We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.’ AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Mandela: in South Africa, death and politics are bedfellows

South Africa – and the world – has said its formal goodbye to Nelson Mandela. It was a celebration of a life gloriously lived, an event that united us as a global family. Earlier this year, I reflected…
As the world prepares to farewell Nelson Mandela, attention turns to how to honour his legacy. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Mandela funeral: avoiding the caricature of Madiba’s legacy

A life magnificently lived in the service of humanity. This is why there is such a simultaneous outpouring of grief and celebration with the passing of Nelson Mandela, or Madiba. He has brought South Africa…
Mandela was a key force in South Africa against AIDS denialism. SCHALK VAN ZUYDAM/AP

Mandela’s stance on HIV set him apart from his ANC successors

In the past few days since the passing of Nelson Mandela, the father of the South African nation, it has become apparent just how much Madiba meant not only to us, but to the rest of the world. He is a…
We salute you: UN Security Council stands in tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Peace and security in Africa: from summitry to solutions

The death last night of Nelson Mandela serves as a reminder of the enormous potential of African leaders to bring positive and lasting change to the continent. It is a reminder also of the obligations…
‘God bless Africa. May her glory be lifted high’. Chris Bacon/PA Wire

Mandela: spirit of Rolihlahla, the one who shook the tree

Nelson Mandela’s African name – Rolihlahla – means the one who shakes the tree, the one who unsettles the status quo. When I was a student living amid the political violence of Northern Ireland in the…
Mandela’s long walk to freedom - his release from prison in 1990. Greg English/AP

Mandela death: saying goodbye to a global icon

How do you say goodbye to a global icon? The answer must be: with dignity and by being true to the values that he fought for. By these standards, we all have done Nelson Mandela a disservice. The international…
Making history: Mandela addressing the United Nations in 1990, shortly after being released from prison. UN Photo/P Sudhakaran

Is there life for South African democracy after Mandela?

As the figurehead of South Africa’s struggle for freedom, Nelson Mandela inspired generations of political activists around the world. He is, quite possibly, the most revered politician in world history…
Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died, but it will take the nation he united - South Africa - some time to come to terms with his passing. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Nelson Mandela dies: man who reinvented South Africa as a ‘rainbow nation’

Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, has died at the age of 95. The fears of South Africa, the nation that once was deeply divided in its perceptions of Mandela, have now been realised…

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