The country has had five governments in 10 years. Every time a government collapses, the reform programme follows suit.
Lesotho has done a good job of curbing the powers of its monarch and making its electoral system inclusive.
African countries are struggling to implement the African Union’s protocol on free movement four years after its ratification.
The maritime situation in Mozambique must not be allowed to emulate the maritime threats found off Nigeria, Somalia, and the rebel-held territories in Libya.
A monarch with absolute powers is just as dangerous as self-serving politicians in a democracy.
The Southern African Development Community does not have a remarkable record of military interventions in civil conflicts in the region.
Intervention in Cabo Delgado is a potentially dangerous move with far-reaching consequences for SADC if its efforts fail, or it becomes a protracted intervention.
The more President Mnangagwa’s government fails to engage democratically with its own citizens, the more it will negate any prospect of re-engagement with the West.
African leaders can make strategies to fight COVID-19 more accessible to the people.
Southern African Development Community countries are very connected. Highly mobile and migrant populations frequently cross borders, posing significant challenges to reaching a malaria-free region.
The militarisation of borders and securitisation of migration have always failed to stop irregular migration.
Should South Africa’s military get involved, it would be venturing into a highly violent and complex landscape, requiring a counter-terrorism type of operations.
The fundamental structure of the current constitution, which is cast in classical Westminster conceptions, is unsuited for modern-day constitutionalism.
Moeketsi Majoro’s installation as Prime Minister is welcome. But it does not guarantee much needed political stability in an era of complex coalition politics.
South Africa’s numerous interventions in Lesotho contribute to the acrimonious nature of its political culture.
Power is visibly draining away from Tom Thabane. But, even at 80 years old, he remains a wily operator, and seems determined to cause maximum trouble to secure his immunity from prosecution.
The experiences of non-nationals in South Africa’s public health care system are more complex and varied than implied by the dominant discourse on “medical xenophobia”
Health systems are generally structured around nation-states. Migration, especially across national borders, therefore leads to challenges.
Health responses need to take on board the fact that the number of women and girls migrating across borders as well as within countries is growing.
Cyclone Idai showed just how unprepared SADC is to respond to major natural disasters.