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Social grants help millions of South Africans escape the burden of poverty. Nic Bothma/EPA

Why South Africa’s Constitution is under attack

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has repeatedly stepped in to protect vulnerable people and to perform what former deputy chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke calls its "transformative role".
South Africa’s Justice Sisi Khampepe swears in David van Rooyen as the new Minister of Finance while President Jacob Zuma looks on. EPA/Elmond Jiyane

Zuma’s leadership: political expediency versus the interests of South Africa

The sudden expulsion of the finance minister makes it hard not to be pessimistic about the South African government's ability to manage the difficult challenges it might face in 2016.
The Union Buildings in Pretoria, home to South Africa’s government. Public confidence in civil servants has been severely eroded. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

South Africa needs a professional civil service

Political factors have played a disproportionate role in decisions on the promotion, transfer and performance assessments of government officials.

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