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The motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma displayed tension between party and conscience. REUTERS/Mark Wessels

Lessons from South Africa: parliamentary conscience and the courage to rebel

The motion of no confidence against South Africa's President Jacob Zuma showcased tension at the heart of South Africa’s democracy. Should MPs have the right to vote according to their conscience?
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma celebrates with his supporters after surviving a no-confidence motion in parliament. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

No confidence vote: a victory for Zuma, but a defeat for the ANC

The political death of President Jacob Zuma is proving to be a protracted affair. Though he lives to fight another day, the ANC faces the prospect of losing its majority at the polls next year.
Women singing at a South African ANC Women’s League meeting.Three senior women in ANC are contesting the presidency of the party. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Pros and cons of the three women running for South Africa’s presidency

All three female contenders for the presidency of the ANC and South Africa have strong liberation struggle credentials and have also contributed to democracy. But, are they up to the job?
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.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma isn’t blinking despite suffering another resounding loss in the Constitutional Court. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma is fast running out of political lives

President Jacob Zuma has been brought to book repeatedly by South Africa's courts. He also faces a rising tide of discontent. One way or another, he seems to be running out of political lives.
South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng making a ruling on secret ballots in Parliament at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

There are dangers behind giving South African MPs the right to a secret ballot

A motion of no confidence - secret or open - in South Africa's president will be destabilising. There's value in ensuring that such a hefty decision is made openly and with courage of conviction.

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