Jacob Zuma has backtracked on two major decisions in under two months – first after he fired his finance minister; now he says he’ll pay back public money spent on his lavish Nkandla homestead.
One of the world's poorest and most unstable countries is in the midst of a remarkably hopeful election campaign.
Regular changes of government through free and fair elections that reflect the wishes of the majority of citizens are a critical component of democratisation. But how significant are polls in Africa?
With the local government elections set to take place within the next seven months, it is worth considering what impact the recent upsurge in protests will have on the country's political future.
This year no fewer than 16 elections will take place in Africa, many of which involve removing presidential term limits. The motives are worth examining.
For better or for worse, various countries around the world charted a new course last year. What lies ahead for 2016?
An unedifying row over "stolen" data has the Democrats' political staffers at loggerheads.
Voting for national leaders has become the global norm in a remarkably short time – in Africa in 1988, only 25% of countries had multiparty elections, but 94% do today. Yet all is not well.
John Magufuli has been announced as president elect of Tanzania.
A surprise near-tie has put everyone in Argentine politics on high alert. Is the Kirchner legacy in danger?
Ivory Coast’s democratic election in 2015 may be another example of good news out of Africa that is ignored by the global media.
The recall is an ancient electoral procedure that has gained support in recent decades as a means for voters to defend the democratic state against extremism and serious abuses of power.
To mark the African National Congress' policy review conference, we bring you a selection of previously published articles about the state of South Africa's governing party and the country.
Elections Singapore-style are so heavily stacked in favour of the PAP, which has ruled for 56 years, that the country's newly re-elected government is more authoritarian than democratic.
If Labour can turn its fiasco of a leadership election into a voter registration drive, it can push back against a rigged system.
Some of Burundi's highest-ranking officials have been assassinated – but ordinary Burundians are still being terrorised too.
There is a widespread belief that the independence referendum stumbled across the elixir for dispelling longstanding voter apathy. In the areas where it matters most, it is just not true.
Candidates from Spain's '15M' movement – born of mass protests in 2011 – have responded in various ways to the dilemma that being elected creates for those wishing to overturn the 'old politics'.
Compared to other parts of the world, Africa is not a high-flyer in the area of election management. This can be attributed to the scourge of violence, fraud, corruption and intimidation.
Counting tens of thousands of paper votes is no small task. How does the UK get it done?