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Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s replacement as leader of Inkatha Freedom Party after 44 marked the end of an era. GCIS/Flickr

Politician’s succession sparks democracy debate in South Africa

The IFP's constitution provides that the nomination of national office bearers be approved by the branches. But this was not done in the nomination of its new president.
South Africa’s opinion of its role in Africa is at odds with perceptions on the continent. Shutterstock

It’s time South Africa tuned into Africa’s views about its role on the continent

South Africa considers itself to be playing a key role in promoting the 'African Agenda' in continental and world affairs. But perceptions in the rest of Africa tell a different story.
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The political theology of Jacob Zuma

The problem for Jacob Zuma’s political theology is that far too many members of South Africa's ruling ANC have been experiencing a dramatic loss of faith in a party they see as no longer righteous.
At the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Desmond Tutu promoted restorative justice. But focusing on individuals neglects broader contexts of violence and inequality. Reuters

Why a narrow view of restorative justice blunts its impact

If violent contexts aren't taken into account, restorative justice does not serve broader society. Instead it serves as a peacemaking process within a paradigm stacked against the poor and vulnerable.
South African President Jacob Zuma delivers an address at the Inaugural Ubuntu Awards in Cape Town. Flickr

The search for Ubuntu in Africa’s corporate landscape

The essence of Ubuntu can best be found in Africa's informal economies. They are not dependent on western shareholders or donations, and certainly not subject to western management education.

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