External changes, including the end of the Cold War, helped lead to the ending of apartheid. Gorbachev played a major role in that process.
The deliberations were characterised by disingenuous, counter-factual policy pronouncements, and de facto denials of the ANC’s culpability in causing many of the current problems facing the country.
The truth is that there are no easy and quick fixes, such as the governing party’s recent castration idea, which falls short on a range of scores.
Historically, most mass shootings in South Africa have been associated with three main things: gang conflicts, rivalries in the minibus taxi sector and factional or inter-group feuds.
Robert Sobukwe was once perceived to possess more revolutionary potential than Nelson Mandela.
Land reform had not been held back by the constitution but by capacity constraints and a lack of political will.
Any ruling party in South Africa has found it hard to maintain internal coherence and unity over an extended time span amid wide national diversity.
Extra-parliamentary politics forms part of a deeper defence that will give democracy more resilience in South Africa.
The former secretary-general of the Commonwealth represents the true essence of a public intellectual and leader; his sense of duty defines his legacy.
The death of Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2021 has triggered renewed frustrations over the elusiveness of a “new” South Africa.
Basic income support is not a question of government “being generous”. The money will be taken from employed citizens and the affluent.
The resort to armed struggle brought the Communist Party and the African National Congress much closer together during their time in exile.
Ramaphosa currently has no known rivals with widespread support within the African National Congress.
South Africans are led by a dithering president at the helm of an inept political party which has already passed its sell by date.
For her, art was a weapon in the struggle and a tool for education. She used every opportunity to build movements and to archive experiences in writing.
Thanks to the public events and the scholarly engagement with her life and work, Charlotte Maxeke has become one of the most visible South African women from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The 2021 local government elections signals widespread disillusionment with representative democracy that only a sea change in service delivery can fix.
The dismantling of the liberation armies and that of the apartheid state was managed badly. It left in its wake thousands of angry veterans who felt betrayed.
Turnout was low. But not equally so across the board. Patterns show it was not a statement by all voters – it was a message from ANC supporters.
The 2021 election will define for citizens important aspects of South Africa’s political future. What is the governing ANC’s future, and what was the impact of President Ramaphosa on this election?