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Tanzania opposition party leader Freeman Mbowe (centre) after being released from prison in Dar es Salaam in 2020. Photo by Ericky Boniphace/AFP via Getty Images

Tanzania’s Hassan faces her first political test: constitutional reform

Despite the relative political stability over the years, Tanzania needs a new constitution to address contemporary challenges and strengthen institutions.
One of the problems with traditional courts is that they marginalise women. Rajesh Jantilal/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa’s efforts to fix traditional courts hit a snag

Denying people the right to opt out of the traditional court system conflicts with the notion of customary law as a voluntary and consensual system of law.
Makeshift shops have mushroomed as people try to make ends meet amid South Africa’s excessive unemployment. Hobermunemployment. an Collection/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Stereotypes about young jobless South Africans are wrong: what they’re really up to

Many unemployed young people are engaged in a variety of economic activities. These may not necessarily be recognised as a form of self employment or informal employment.
Many black South Africans live in appalling conditions with no running water or electricity 27 years into democracy. Anders Pettersson/Getty Images

South Africa needs new thinking for its democracy to work for all

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.
A woman sweeps outside her shack in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. South Africa is among the most unequal societies in the world. Getty Images

Book calls for a rethink of capitalism amid the ravages of COVID-19

Rethinking capitalism requires that the primary focus should be on the distribution of economic power as the potential leading causal factor driving inequality.

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