Exactly when the ANC’s reign will end rides on what the party does or does not do between now and its elective conference in 2022.
The ANC’s choice of parliamentary Speaker reflects poorly on the party leadership and contrasts starkly with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment to uncorrupt governance.
Cabinet reshuffles are always much less important events than the hype which surrounds them would suggest.
The Communist Party draws most of the members from South Africa’s mainly young, unemployed people, a group that keeps growing.
There is no substance to the view that poor people are lazy and prefer to live on handouts from the state rather than seek work.
The army may help create a more stable and secure environment in the short term, but this is unlikely to result in sustainable and lasting peace.
The violence wreaked its damage because South Africa’s journey to democracy remains incomplete. It sends a sharp message that the country must look its past far more squarely in the eye.
The extent to which presidents adhere to the constitutional written code will have profound implications in relation to their use of executive power.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court should offer no apology for its split judgments.
An uncomfortable reality is that looting is perceived by the looters to be socially acceptable and is often encouraged and endorsed within social and community networks.
After 1994 efforts were made to embed democracy. The focus was on policy and institution-building. What was missing was ensuring all South Africans were on board.
The posturing is bound to continue. But at the age of 78 Jacob Zuma’s long day in the sun is over.
An effective regional approach to combating COVID-19 has seen Africa avoid the worst so far.
South Africa has many problems. But, as Jacob Zuma has found out, the strength of its rule of law and the independence of its judiciary should not be underestimated.
Concerns about socioeconomic well-being were the main reason why people voted for a certain political party.
The problem in municipalities is not that the wrong people are being chosen. It is that the wrong people are doing the choosing – not only of candidates but of what they do if elected.
Rob Davies is critical of economic policy, starting with the Mandela administration. He reserves particular criticism for its macroeconomic policy framework introduced in 1996.
Unlike most politicians but typical of a negotiator, South Africa’s president has not put his plans on the table for public scrutiny.
Ramaphosa will be eager to communicate his position that no one should be above scrutiny and that all parts of society,should be examined by the Commission.
The judicial process in South Africa is hugely contested. This places an exaggerated burden on the courts to act with maximum independence and impartiality.