President Jacob Zuma is accused of using the Hawks to target his finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.
The battle between South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan and the country's elite police unit is once more grabbing headlines. What are the points of law around the matter?
Crime is not at all evenly distributed in any country or city, so smaller scale data is essential.
South Africa releases crime statistics once a year. Politicians interpret them according to their particular agendas. Here's a guide to what to look for and how to make sense of the trends.
Load shedding has stopped in South Africa over the last year but that doesn’t mean the country’s power problems are all gone.
It would be better to proactively restructure South Africa's electricity sector to spur innovation and investment and reduce costs before another crisis hits and further derails the economy.
South Africa’s elite police unit, the Hawks, block a street during an operation.
Independent Media/Picture:Bhekikhaya Mabaso
The main criticism leveled at the body that oversees the work of South Africa's elite police unit, the Hawks, is that it lacks the power to initiate investigations, making it ineffective.
Luvo Manyonga after winning the silver medal in the men’s long jump at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
A South African Olympic silver medallist achieved something remarkable, especially after testing positive for methamphetamine use in 2012. But care needs to be taken in how this narrative is framed.
When online and offline learning experiences meet, magic can happen.
MOOCs are an opportunity for African universities to bring the continent's thinkers and theories to the world. They also have great benefits for full-time students to experience a flipped classroom.
Kenyan youth chant in celebration before the arrival of Pope Francis at the Kasarani stadium in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The African Union has identified youth as critical for development. But, a new survey reveals a wide gap between these aspirations and the reality of youth public engagement on the continent.
South Africa’s outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela during a briefing with journalists in Johannesburg
In many ways the office of the Public Protector has become the barometer of the state of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.
Young Kenyan entrepreneurs hard at work. Such enterprise must be encouraged.
African governments and businesses must do more to assist young people by creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem to support them. Without this support, all of their potential may stutter and die.
Anti-rape protesters at President Jacob Zuma’s election results speech.
The ghost of ‘Khwezi’ – the woman who accused Jacob Zuma of rape in 2006 – continues to haunt him, just as the spectre of rape continues to haunt South Africa.
The African Union laboratory in Nansana, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda.
Ikko Kobayashi and Fumi Kashimura/Terrain-Architects
There is a growing trend of designing modernised replicas of traditional buildings for entertainment and tourism. That’s no way to salvage positive lessons from building traditions.
Supporters of South Africa’s governing ANC during President Jacob Zuma’s election campaign in Pretoria.
For more than 20 years the ANC's electoral support has appeared unyielding to the obvious weaknesses of its performance in government. To fall below 60% is psychologically significant for the party.
A scientist at the University of Cape Town’s H3D drug discovery centre.
Scientists have discovered a second new compound that could eventually be developed into a medicine to help eradicate malaria.
South African universities are under enormous financial pressure. They also face a fresh round of student protests ahead of a decision on next year's fees. Hard choices need to be made.
Doctors and patients are unsure of the best treatment for gout, leading to poor patient education and compliance, poorly addressed lifestyle factors, and suboptimal use of available drugs.
South Africans' right to vote was hard fought and hard won.
South Africa's university students have shown that they can have an impact on the political landscape. That's why it's so important that they exercise their right to vote.
English has been reshaped in Africa’s exceptionally multilingual context.
In Africa, standard English dominates in formal institutions. But in everyday usage it is supplanted by the continent's abundance of languages – and the varieties of English these gave rise to.
Young women who attended the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
International AIDS Society/Rogan Ward
The focus of the 2016 International AIDS Conference has on access to necessary antiretrovirals, equity and making sure no-one is left behind. But there is a funding gap that needs to be addressed.
A man walks through a field of crosses erected near Pretoria, South Africa, to honour mostly white farmers who have died in.
The widely-held assumption that murder rates have been increasing in South Africa in the past two decades is incorrect – and it may divert attention from a new problem that needs attention.
In South Africa there's a value judgment attached to students who take part in universities’ English for Academic Purposes programmes. This shouldn't be the case.