Rebuilding South Africa after the devastation of state capture would not be possible without the work of the Zondo commission.
Instead of drawing on the lessons of its own negotiated settlement and its rich history of peace-making in Africa, Pretoria chose to appease Russia.
The unwillingness of African governments to forge a unified position on the Russian invasion has damaged the credibility of their pan-African commitments.
Zondo’s career is made up of a tapestry of highlights, from lawyer to senior judge. He has written more than 200 judgments.
The relationship between South Africa and the West, especially the US, has a complex history. Not least because the US designated those fighting the apartheid regime, as terrorists.
As the July 2021 unrest and looting graphically showed, crime and lawlessness can debilitate and destroy government efforts to facilitate and support economic growth.
Reviving the capacity of the state is also crucial to shoring up support for democracy in the long term.
Basic income support is not a question of government “being generous”. The money will be taken from employed citizens and the affluent.
The scale of the Guptas’ rapaciousness meant that, within just a few years, the institutions they leeched were in a state of collapse.
The egregious failures in the Judicial Service Commission’s process have muddied the water and complicated the President’s decision-making.
The willingness of the executive to pre-empt criticism by amending COVID regulations has arguably strengthened its position.
Most South Africans believe the report into state capture must be followed up to ensure that those responsible for rampant corruption are held accountable.
Ramaphosa currently has no known rivals with widespread support within the African National Congress.
South Africans are led by a dithering president at the helm of an inept political party which has already passed its sell by date.
Knowing who is most vulnerable to COVID can be used to guide resource allocation and help the design of risk mitigation strategies.
The inquiry’s findings could be a defining moment for South Africa, but only if the work of the Commission leads to concrete action and systemic change.
Citizens must always be vigilant that the exceptional powers do not become permanent and that the powers are not used to achieve other objectives.
A strategic partnership that is mutually rewarding and beneficial between Nigeria and South Africa should be the aim of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to Nigeria.
The current spate of travel bans is rather hasty and irrational given that we know that the variant is in several countries already.
FW de Klerk as National Party conservative was paradoxically the right leader at the right time to relinquish white minority rule.