Mashatile could be the new broom that sweeps clean. Ramaphosa’s apparent confidence in him suggests that he has some latitude to do so.
The government must not trample on its own laws and court decisions. Compliance with the constitution must be the priority.
Perhaps the combination of religious rhetoric and secular laws is a winning electoral strategy.
Having an intelligence service that is not fit for purpose means the country is vulnerable to security threats from within and outside the country.
The veteran liberation struggle activist brings gravitas to every position he occupies.
The culture of impunity that has lingered since the presidency of Jacob Zuma has to give way to a new era of integrity and accountability.
South Africa’s foreign policy under Ramaphosa emphasises economic diplomacy and ‘progressive internationalism’, which promotes global equity and ending the dominance of the global north.
It has become increasingly clear that the country needs to start thinking of life without Ramaphosa - and the ANC - in charge.
The court should have given the public a much clearer understanding of how it came to its decision, and what consideration it had given to public opinion.
Despite its vagueness, the RET has become central to the contemporary ANC. It is destined to remain a powerful bloc within the party, and a constant constraint on Ramaphosa leadership.
The spy watchdog needs to make its findings on complaints against the country’s intelligence agencies public as a matter of principle.
The new process of impeachment requires an objective test to be met.
Mandela, the first president of a democratic South Africa, made big strategic choices – not necessarily the right ones, but certainly ones that were befitting of the times.
The comic offers important ways of criticising those in power. Trevor Noah is superb at it.
Former South African president Zuma is trying to turn the contestation of a court hearing into an all-out war and chill those who pursue justice against him.
To his credit, former South African president Thabo Mbeki set up anti-corruption institutions that survived his own efforts to erode them.
Almost 30 years into democracy, South Africa still hasn’t ensured the jobs of senior public servants are not tied to the tenure of government ministers.
South Africa’s foreign policy is supposed to be guided by the principle of ubuntu (humanness), so a visit to an aggressor is hard to explain.
Both sweeping immunity and overzealous prosecutions of former leaders can undermine democracy. But such prosecutions pose different risks for older democracies like the US than in younger ones.
The meetings between Blinken and his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor could help iron out misunderstandings about the intent of the US targeting Russian ‘malign’ activities in Africa.