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Nhlanhla Nene, South Africa’s former finance minister. President Zuma’s decision to fire him is irrational. EPA/Nic Bothma

Why Zuma’s actions point to shambolic management of South Africa’s economy

It is difficult to analyse political developments in South Africa. Decision-making does not fit any neat political science theory. President Zuma is unpredictable and his policy thinking is woolly.
The South African currency, the rand, fell to its lowest level in four years after President Jacob Zuma removed the country’s finance minister. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

The removal of South Africa’s finance minister is bad news for the country

The removal of Minister Nene is a significant act. The fact that he has been replaced by someone who is unknown and untested simply compounds it.
China’s choice of South Africa to host the China-Africa summit underscores the special relationship between the two countries. Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

China-Africa summit: what to look for beyond the hype and hypocrisy

The Africa-China summit will provide an opportunity to get a feel for how Chinese President Xi Jinping is responding to democratic developments in Africa.
President Jacob Zuma took over as leader of the ANC with a promise to reconnect the party with the people. His legacy suggests otherwise. Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

Jacob Zuma likes to be cast as a man of the people – but is he?

Judged by general citizen sentiment expressed at the grassroots, Jacob Zuma has failed to bring the ANC closer to the people. Research shows substantial alienation between the ANC and communities.
Run down. Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Decline and decay: a sobering trip through southern Africa

I spent most of August 2015 in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia – a depressing and mournful tour indeed. The place I stayed in South Africa, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, is atypical. I am almost…
South African President Jacob Zuma, right, listens to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ahead of Zuma’s second inauguration in Pretoria. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Are judges in South Africa under threat or do they complain too much?

Tensions are probably inevitable in any constitutional democracy that empowers the courts to overrule the executive and legislature. But, judges are worried cabinet undermines the rule of law.
South African President Jacob Zuma is also head of the country’s governing ANC. Leaders of the party and its alliance partners are meeting to take stock amid tough times. Reuters/Rogan Ward

Why South Africa’s governing alliance is doing some serious stock-taking

The leaders of South Africa's governing ANC and its alliance partners, the SACP and Cosatu, are holding an unprecedented week-long meeting at a time of grave difficulties afflicting the alliance.
Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in Nigeria emboldens him to play a leading role in African affairs. Reuters

Why Africa needs Buhari and Zuma to forge a strong alliance

Former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo led confidently on African affairs because they were elected by comfortable majorities at home and had solid control of their political parties.
The relationship between Nigeria and South Africa has again been strained following xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Enduring tensions bedevil Nigeria-South Africa relations

The relationship between Africa's two great powers, Nigeria and South Africa, has had its ups and downs, but has been relatively cordial since 1999.
Onward and upward? Guess which is which. EPA/Ntswe Mokoena

While Mugabe cleans house, Zuma repeats old mistakes

At the end of 2012, I published a deliberately surreal novel entitled Joseph Kony and the Titans of Zagreb. In it, using satire and magic realism, I tied together the corrupt destinies of figures on both…
Get with it: AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (left). GovernmentZA

African Union falls behind the times as regional conflicts rage

When the South African president, Jacob Zuma, returned from the African Union summit last weekend, his press statement said almost nothing that could not have been written before he left. The summit decided…
Surly: Zuma’s presidency has been marked by scandal and mismanagement. WEF

Zuma is just the face of South Africa’s democratic malaise

South Africa is mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, a founding father like no other. His legacy includes a still-lauded constitution, four peaceful, free and fair democratic elections (five if 2014 follows…

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