Nelson Mandela at the commemoration of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in 1994.
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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.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa faces a tricky time giving evidence about corruption. He wears two presidential hats: as head of the African National Congress, and the government.
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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.
Supporters of Ace Magashule, the secretary general of the ANC, protest outside the court where he appeared on corruption charges.
Morals and laws are not binaries. They complement each other to enable harmonious coexistence.
Jackson Mthembu is the most prominent South African politician to succumb to COVID-19.
Jackson Mthembu’s death drives home the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
A statue of the author, Solomon T. Plaatje, in Kimberley, South Africa.
According to a new book, the friendships among women in the novel reveal its author Sol T. Plaatje’s view of effective political struggle.
A real problem for the Democratic Alliance is that it cannot hope to displace the dominant African National Congress.
The problem for the Democratic Alliance is not one of policy. There is real substance in its commitment to substituting racial criteria for overcoming historical disadvantage.
The governing party’s good performance may signal confidence in the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Local government elections in South Africa have traditionally been characterised by low voter turnout.
African National Congress treasurer Paul Mashatile wants more money for political parties from the government.
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Since parties always need money, forcing them to depend on private funders means throwing them into the hands of donors who will demand favours for their cash.
Apartheid-era Justice Minister Kobie Coetsee, Thabo and Zanele Mbeki, Nelson Mandela and his daughter Zenani, FW and Marike de Klerk.
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.
Former South African government minister Nomvula Mokonyane, a leading member of the ruling ANC, at the commission probing grand corruption.
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Corruption has been a constant feature of South African political life for much of the past 350 years; solutions will also take time.
Veteran South African politician Mangosuthu Buthelezi addressing parliament in 2019.
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.
Bikers protest against the tobacco ban at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa.
The government was initially praised for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic but powerful interests could now be pushing its containment plans off course
South African freedom struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni at the UN.
Although a commited veteran of the ANC, Mlangeni was no party apparatchik. He was outspoken against endemic corruption in government.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s freedom struggle icon and first black president, continues to be revered around the world.
Mandela left at the right time in 1999, when the country still seemed in a healthy state, after which he consolidated his international reputation.
The post-apartheid system of participatory democracy is generally considered to have failed.
The challenge for the deepening of South Africa’s democracy is that the very existence of vanguardism prevents the realisation of empowered citizens.
Rivonia trialist Denis Goldberg speaking at a gala event in 2011 to honour the surviving members of the Rivonia Trial.
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Goldberg was the youngest Rivonia triallist. Segregated prisons meant he was sent to Pretoria, while his fellow accused were incarcerated on Robben Island.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has to inspire confidence amid growing scepticism.
The challenge to deliver a persuasive speech comes firstly in the context of intense doubts as to whether President Ramaphosa is truly in charge of the ANC.
FW de Klerk, the last president of apartheid South Africa.
In his new capacity as President of South Africa, FW de Klerk directly experienced for the first time how the international community had abandoned its support for minority white rule.
Anti-corruption protesters march on Parliament in Cape Town in 2017.
In South Africa, state corruption has taken hold with utter disregard for ethics and democratic norms in a cynical exploitation of the post-apartheid transformation agenda.
Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa and the governing African National Congress.
The most that may be hoped for from the party’s annual statement is evidence of a president who is confident, clear and courageous.