For the first time since the end of apartheid in 1994, citizens have had to accept stringent restrictions on their normal civil liberties.
Unlike in wealthy nations, lockdowns are simply impossible in overcrowded conditions with no sanitation and high levels of poverty.
It is not all democracies that struggle to deal with the coronavirus; it is those in which the people do not feel the system works for them.
The South African National Defence Force has suffered from terrible neglect over the past 25 years of democracy.
The survival resource of the world’s most vulnerable people – their social networks – may become compromised
Moe Shaik fancies himself as an analyst who can read people well. And yet, he has a rather large blind spot for his leaders – until they fall out with him.
The 17 goals seek to end all forms of poverty everywhere by 2030, by achieving 169 targets. Progress in achieving them does not match the hype.
The African Union's staunch support for al-Bashir, cloaked in criticism of the International Criminal Court, denied justice to the millions affected by the conflict in Sudan.
The African Union's intervention track record in conflict situations is mixed.
Even in the most tense and dangerous of moments, the elite has found a way to come back together.
The ICC must not further destroy its credibility by cooperating with the sorts of bad actors who should be before a court themselves.
The resilient Mau Mau freedom fighters failed to maintain revolutionary action after independence.
Does South Africa have skeletons in the closet over the death of the UN Secretary-General?
A new round of elections offers an opportunity to strengthen civil and political freedoms.
Will the same electoral commission, so heavily criticised in the court’s ruling, improve its capacity and arrange more credible elections?
Turkey harbours strong national ambitions, and a willingness to grow and use its military muscle alongside economic instruments.
Since the demand for resources far outmatches the patronage available, Lesotho’s political arena has become brutally competitive.
The task team established to investigate political killings in KwaZulu-Natal has had little impact on exposing those behind the violence.
Unless member states try to solve the contradictions in expectations, UN peacekeeping will not be fit for purpose in the future.
The number of personnel deployed in UN peacekeeping has slowly been decreasing.