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Cyril Ramaphosa, the new president of South Africa’s governing party, the ANC, and potentially the country’s future president. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

The ANC has a new leader: but South Africa remains on a political precipice

South Africa's ruling ANC has a new leader - Cyril Ramaphosa. But this doesn't mean that the country is out of the woods. Political instability remains a real possibility.
Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa. There are renewed calls for citizens to directly elect their president and other representatives. Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

South Africa needs electoral reform, but president’s powers need watching

Changing the South African system to allow for direct election would require the country to look carefully at how a directly elected president should be held accountable to parliament.
South Africa’s governing African National Congress has begun the process of choosing its leaders. EPA-EFE/Kim Ludrick

Snags that could cast doubt on ANC’s choice of new leaders

The ANC's elective conference is important for the party and South Africa. This is because the person chosen to lead the governing party since 1994, has gone on to become president.
Competing to be the next president of South Africa’s ANC: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

ANC policy conference shows shifting balance of power

A combination of politicking ahead of the ANC policy conference, plus the machinations just before it met meant heightened tensions between rival factions.
ANC leaders greet party supporters at a recent rally. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

How ANC presidential elections trump South Africa’s constitution

The internal processes of South Africa's ruling ANC for electing the president is distorted by money, patronage, factionalism and vote-rigging. It negates the democratic legitimacy the party claims.
Delegates at the launch of the South African Federation of Trade Unions. The Star/Nokuthula Mbatha

South Africa has a new trade union federation. Can it break the mould?

South Africa's newest trade union federation, Saftu, comes at a time of declining political influence by unions, compared to during the struggle against apartheid. They are also seen as elitist.

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