As South Africa became an international pariah, it began working in shady ways through even more shady operators, including getting arms from the Soviet Union and China.
South Africa's president has firmly thrown his weight behind the private sector. This could prove significant.
Widespread concerns about the levels of immigration in South Africa make the issue appeal to voters across the economic and racial spectrum.
Two authors unpack the fragility of South Africa's political parties and why democracy is a lifelong commitment.
The process of institutionalisation may be patchy and uneven. But one thing is clear: Africa is not without functioning institutions.
Unexpressed racism may be even more dangerous if it's left lurking below the surface.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's political power stemmed from the visceral connection that she was able to make between the lives of the oppressed black people, and her own.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's struggle was for humanity, oftentimes waged in an inhuman way.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma's bad behaviour damaged his image and the ANC's.
Meeting the challenges from the opposition will strengthen the ANC's dominance. How well its new leadership copes will become clearer over the next few months.
The obituary of the Zuma administration can be summed up with its ethos: grab as much and as fast as you can.
Jacob Zuma was removed by the people's effect, which connected the dots of corruption, a mismanaged state and rapacious capitalism.
A tumultuous era has ended and there's a silver lining to the cloud that has been hanging over South Africa.
Zuma's almost daily scandals and missteps provided his opponents with perfect electoral fodder. A competent president is the last thing they need.
The politicians who removed Zuma are likely to be running the government for the next five years. Current events were their first test and offered a hint of how the country may be governed.
Cyril Ramaphosa is no Messiah, and when the post-Zuma champagne corks stop popping, South Africans need to assess him as a mere mortal.
The writing has been on the wall for Jacob Zuma for years. That it took so long to get rid of him speaks volumes about the ANC.
Failure by South Africa's prosecuting authority to pursue those identified in the 'Gupta e-mails' points to dereliction of its duty.
Cyril Ramaphosa seems to be on the way to uniting a fractious ANC. But he's got a rough road to travel before he can claim any victories.
The study of Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's deputy president and new head of its governing party, is generating a great deal of heat, and not much light.