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.
South Africa's watershed local elections have resulted in upsets for the ANC in key metropoles. But will the new, minority coalition regimes live up to their mandate of providing basic services?
Social media can be an effective tool in mobilising people for social change, as demonstrated by the Bersih movement in Malaysia.
There are worrying ramifications of the case against an honest bureaucrat in a corruption scandal in India.
In many ways the office of the Public Protector has become the barometer of the state of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.
Will Brazil's troubles in preparing for the Rio Games change the global narrative of the value of hosting the Olympics?
When fame and glory are at stake, human nature seems to dictate that some people will cheat.
The Olympics may give Brazilians a respite from their perfect storm of recession, corruption and political dysfunction, but it won't last long.
In previous elections speculation in South Africa focused on the likely size of the ruling ANC's majority. This time the question on people's minds is: will the ANC win or lose Nelson Mandela Bay?
Lucky Luciano, Al Capone and FDR walk into a Democratic convention...
Trump appeared surprisingly presidential. According to a scholar of American political rhetoric, there were echoes of Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan.
The Kenyan example illustrates the importance of constitutional guarantees for devolution. But it also shows that devolution is no magic bullet for the problems of corruption and ethnic politics.
The brouhaha over South Africa's upcoming high-stakes municipal elections hides critically important questions about the continued relevance of local government amid growing public disaffection.
Building better, inclusive cities involves enabling the wise use of public land and taxes to ensure that high-quality housing and amenities are provided for all at a lower cost.
Two recent controversial cartoons depicting people as apes have raised an important question: what are the legal and philosophical distinctions between harm and offence?
Australia’s political finance system is corrupt – but not because of bribery, or indeed any substantial quid pro quo.
Across the continent, citizens’ perceptions of health care show several barriers to access and better health for all.
Follow the money behind the likes of Transparency International and a picture starts to emerge.
The cost of justice puts victims at a disadvantage.
We were intrigued to see what Hollywood would make of John le Carré's tale of Russian money laundering.