Marie Coetzee and her husband Fanie Coetzee live in the poverty stricken shanty town community of Munsieville, west of Johannesburg.
There is no substance to the view that poor people are lazy and prefer to live on handouts from the state rather than seek work.
South African Defence Force troops on patrol in Alexandra, Johannesburg, following recent violence and looting.
The army may help create a more stable and secure environment in the short term, but this is unlikely to result in sustainable and lasting peace.
Trucks and business were looted and burnt during recent riots in South Africa.
The violence wreaked its damage because South Africa’s journey to democracy remains incomplete. It sends a sharp message that the country must look its past far more squarely in the eye.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a speech next to a statue of the late former president Nelson Mandela in Cape Town in 2020.
The extent to which presidents adhere to the constitutional written code will have profound implications in relation to their use of executive power.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court in session in 2018.
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South Africa’s Constitutional Court should offer no apology for its split judgments.
Police enter a flooded mall that had been ransacked .
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An uncomfortable reality is that looting is perceived by the looters to be socially acceptable and is often encouraged and endorsed within social and community networks.
South African soldiers interrogate a pedestrian outside a mall in Soweto.
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After 1994 efforts were made to embed democracy. The focus was on policy and institution-building. What was missing was ensuring all South Africans were on board.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma.
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The posturing is bound to continue. But at the age of 78 Jacob Zuma’s long day in the sun is over.
Cyril Ramaphosa harnessed the African Union’s COVID-19 response.
An effective regional approach to combating COVID-19 has seen Africa avoid the worst so far.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma stands in the dock at a separate trial at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in May.
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South Africa has many problems. But, as Jacob Zuma has found out, the strength of its rule of law and the independence of its judiciary should not be underestimated.
Residents in a Cape Town suburb queue to vote during previous municipal elections in South Africa.
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Concerns about socioeconomic well-being were the main reason why people voted for a certain political party.
Protesters gather in the middle of the road during a demonstration in Johannesburg.
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The problem in municipalities is not that the wrong people are being chosen. It is that the wrong people are doing the choosing – not only of candidates but of what they do if elected.
Rob Davies, former South African trade and industry minister.
Rob Davies is critical of economic policy, starting with the Mandela administration. He reserves particular criticism for its macroeconomic policy framework introduced in 1996.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa at the Zondo Commission into state capture.
Unlike most politicians but typical of a negotiator, South Africa’s president has not put his plans on the table for public scrutiny.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa faces a tricky time giving evidence about corruption. He wears two presidential hats: as head of the African National Congress, and the government.
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Ramaphosa will be eager to communicate his position that no one should be above scrutiny and that all parts of society,should be examined by the Commission.
South African chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s term ends in September.
The judicial process in South Africa is hugely contested. This places an exaggerated burden on the courts to act with maximum independence and impartiality.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign against corruption is being undermined from within the governing ANC.
Ramaphosa’s rise to power in 2018 offered South Africans hope that he would end corruption. Indeed, he made promises to do so. But he has met with resistance, especially within the ANC.
The rights entrenched in South Africa’s progressive constitution work for some, but not those living in abject poverty.
Whites lived well under apartheid and it is not absurd for black leaders to want all to live in the same way.
Two unemployed men tout for casual jobs on a street in Cape Town.
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened unemployment and poverty, showing the need for the government to permanently expand income support to working-age adults.
Automobile body shells hang from cradles on the assembly line at a car plant in South Africa.
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Policy changes that forced government departments to buy locally produced vehicles would be good for the economy.