Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa as well as of the ruling party, the African National Congress.
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Ramaphosa is set to go down in the annals of history as an ANC president who presided over a tumultuous epoch in the party's evolution.
Rob Davies, former South African trade and industry minister.
Rob Davies is critical of economic policy, starting with the Mandela administration. He reserves particular criticism for its macroeconomic policy framework introduced in 1996.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa at the Zondo Commission into state capture.
Unlike most politicians but typical of a negotiator, South Africa's president has not put his plans on the table for public scrutiny.
South African chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s term ends in September.
The judicial process in South Africa is hugely contested. This places an exaggerated burden on the courts to act with maximum independence and impartiality.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign against corruption is being undermined from within the governing ANC.
Ramaphosa's rise to power in 2018 offered South Africans hope that he would end corruption. Indeed, he made promises to do so. But he has met with resistance, especially within the ANC.
Tony Leon celebrates.
at the Democratic Alliance’s final election rally held in Johannesburg, in April 2004.
Leon mulls over the Democratic Alliance's biggest challenge: 'how to maintain its majority support among minorities, and increase its meagre voter share among the black majority'.
For now, only those who can afford it will be able to escape the power cuts.
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Renewable energy sources won't make a decisive impact to alleviate South Africa's power shortage for at least five years.
Adoring fans celebrated Brazilian ex-President Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ da Silva before he began a prison sentence for corruption in 2018. Lula’s conviction was recently annulled.
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From Europe to Latin America and the US, former world leaders are being investigated, tried and even jailed. In theory, this shows no one is above the law. But presidents and PMs aren't just anyone.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma at the State Capture Commission in July 2019.
Metaphors are not used for their own sake in politics, but as part of a strategy to persuade a particular audience to accept a point of view, and act accordingly
The rights entrenched in South Africa’s progressive constitution work for some, but not those living in abject poverty.
Whites lived well under apartheid and it is not absurd for black leaders to want all to live in the same way.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma addresses supporters after one of several court appearances on corruption charges.
The former president is in a corner and largely isolated. His only option is to stir the pot so much that it gives him some kind of bargaining power.
Judge Raymond Zondo, chair of the commission investigating grand corruption in South Africa, has been too polite with former state president Zuma.
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The Constitutional Court described Zuma’s lack of cooperation with the commission as "reprehensible".
Former South African President Jacob Zuma deployed spies in factional battles within the governing party.
Revelations show that the State Security Agency did little to safeguard the country and much to protect Zuma's political faction and to funnel public money into private ends.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma says he won’t comply with a Constitutional Court order to appear before a commission on corruption.
Zuma shares ignominy with former US president Donald Trump who, like him, subverted democracy while in office.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, chair of the state capture commission.
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Justice Raymond Zondo found that the test for recusal had not been met.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule in court in Bloemfontein, on corruption charges.
For every office holder who may lose a seat because they are prosecuted, another job opens up.
Thuli Madonsela, professor of law and former Public Protector of South Africa.
The first of a series of fatal flaws in the idea is about where to draw the line.
Percy Qoboza, editor of The World, second from left, being arrested by apartheid police following the banning of the newspaper in 1977.
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Journalists need to hold firmly to the ethical standards that assure audiences their work is reliable and credible.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma at the Zondo Commission in July 2020.
Claiming a right to determine reality by mere say-so is becoming increasingly commonplace, but we should never get used to it.
The Sunday Times, South Africa’s largest weekend newspaper, was used to spread disinformation.
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Media self-criticism is not just important to improve journalism, it is a political, professional and moral imperative.