The new governing elite mistakenly believes that the goal of a democratic South Africa is simply to extend to everyone what whites enjoyed under apartheid.
The suggestion that Mandela single-handedly achieved democracy is as intellectually threadbare as the charge that he was centrally responsible for the failure to transform South Africa.
The growing defence of South Africa’s beleaguered constitutional democracy is bolstered by African thinker Mahmood Mamdani’s latest book.
Whites lived well under apartheid and it is not absurd for black leaders to want all to live in the same way.
Professionalism has to start with ministers for it to stand any chance of being embedded throughout the public service.
His appearance on behalf of the families of mine workers shot by the police at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry was just one of his efforts to seek justice for the poor and marginalised.
The book shows that the claim made by some analysts that it was the fall of communism that prompted moves towards negotiations to end apartheid is off the mark.
The life story of Mandlenkosi Makhoba represents the losers in the new South Africa, showing how inequality is produced and reproduced generationally.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi deserves better than being dismissed as an apartheid stooge. But he deserves little praise as an advocate for human rights and civil liberties.
Mandela left at the right time in 1999, when the country still seemed in a healthy state, after which he consolidated his international reputation.
For the first time since the end of apartheid in 1994, citizens have had to accept stringent restrictions on their normal civil liberties.
It seems that former president FW De Klerk continues to find it hard to accept that apartheid was a crime against humanity.
Ramaphosa is constrained by his tenuous control over South Africa’s governing party, the ANC.
A retrospective exhibition displays the key works from the life and times of activist and artist Judy Seidman. She has used political posters as a galvanising force in the fight against injustice.
Marking the end of the Cold War offers the chance to reflect on the changes and continuities in African politics and international relations since 1989.
The IFP’s constitution provides that the nomination of national office bearers be approved by the branches. But this was not done in the nomination of its new president.
Despite its endurance, the Democratic Alliance still hasn’t found a firm foothold to grow the votes in South Africa’s changing political landscape.
Mandela’s reconciliation message may have partly reflected his view of the world. But it was also a product of his party, the ANC.
South Africa marks 24 years of freedom amid continuous contests over over governance, economic justice as well as reconciliation and inclusion.
The removal of Jacob Zuma from power is to be welcomed but, it’s not the answer to South Africa’s problems.