South Africa’s defence force has been in decline for some time as its budget has shrunk while its duties have changed.
Buthelezi should not be dismissed as a mere stooge during apartheid. Yet, he deserves little praise as an advocate for human rights and civil liberties.
The early Nelson comes across as a man consumed by insecurity and ambition, plagued by inner strife and anger.
There is never going to be a final assessment of Mandela’s legacy. How it is regarded will continue to change, depending on the destination South Africa travels to.
The proportional representation system has long outlived its relevance. Its negative extremes abound in local government.
The book is a gripping read for anyone interested in late 20th century history, and in the end of apartheid.
A younger generation of feminists will remember her, above all, for her remarkable championing of the struggle against patriarchy.
A historian counters the popular view that the 1989 collapse of the Berlin Wall set in motion talks to end apartheid. The process was unstoppable by then.
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.
Instead of drawing on the lessons of its own negotiated settlement and its rich history of peace-making in Africa, Pretoria chose to appease Russia.
Zondo’s career is made up of a tapestry of highlights, from lawyer to senior judge. He has written more than 200 judgments.
The rule of law embodies the rallying cry for the fair and democratic exercise of public power, buttressed by law and fundamental rights.
This history covers twelve decades, from the surrender of Boer guerrillas in the Second Anglo-Boer War in 1902 to the July 2021 looting spree and violence.
FW de Klerk as National Party conservative was paradoxically the right leader at the right time to relinquish white minority rule.
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.