By positioning himself as a loveable granddad to supporters and the punchline of a joke to his opposition, Zuma adroitly defangs the very serious charges against him.
The Cabinet signals to the Zuma faction that the Ramaphosa group believes their star is waning and that they are not strong enough to turn the tide.
The recent election has shown again that the extremism which worries democrats in much of the world has little traction in South Africa.
The black middle class are angry at their exclusion from mainstream economic activity.
South Africa’s polls have been praised for adhering to international election best practice. But, they are not without problems.
A collection of prison letters provides a peek into the suffering of South African liberation hero, Robert Sobukwe.
South Africa’s finance minister delivered a budget that tried to balance serving the public interest, while maintaining the stability of public finances.
Sarah Baartman’s name can be elevated to the highest point of the University of Cape Town’s campus, but if her legacy isn’t built into each classroom and interaction the honour is hollow.
Referenda have their place in democracy, but can also be misused.
South Africa’s electoral commission’s failure to ensure a credible voters’ roll threatens to undo its legacy of free and fair elections.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court has performed remarkably well in protecting democracy since 1995.
The sympathetic take on Pik Botha as a man of peace and a frustrated democrat is a travesty.
Widespread concerns about the levels of immigration in South Africa make the issue appeal to voters across the economic and racial spectrum.
A survey shows that support for land reform in South Africa differs according to race.
Electoral support by trade union federation Cosatu has been a huge asset for South Africa’s governing ANC.
Two authors unpack the fragility of South Africa’s political parties and why democracy is a lifelong commitment.
Justice Zondo needs to get under the skin of the politics of state capture in South Africa, to get on record what happened, and why.
Troubles in South Africa’s coalition-led local governments are affecting accountability, governance stability and service delivery.
Framing xenophobic violence as a question of immigrant victimisation invites divisions between neighbours.
South Africa’s local governments lack a clear separation of legislative and executive powers.