South Africa has seen a fair number of whistleblowers raising the alarm on irregularities and corruption – the most recent was murdered.
The extent of democracy capture varies markedly between countries. It’s much higher in states such as Zimbabwe, where the government has never changed hands.
Exactly when the ANC’s reign will end rides on what the party does or does not do between now and its elective conference in 2022.
The ANC’s choice of parliamentary Speaker reflects poorly on the party leadership and contrasts starkly with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment to uncorrupt governance.
The extent to which presidents adhere to the constitutional written code will have profound implications in relation to their use of executive power.
Corruption thrives in a destabilised state with weak institutions. South Africa cannot be allowed back to that space because there will be no turning back.
The posturing is bound to continue. But at the age of 78 Jacob Zuma’s long day in the sun is over.
Jacob Zuma ran out of ideas to defend himself. Martyrdom is almost impossible without a cause, and he has none.
South Africa has many problems. But, as Jacob Zuma has found out, the strength of its rule of law and the independence of its judiciary should not be underestimated.
The majority of those punished under the laws to combat false information are opposition politicians or journalists.
The judgment highlights the lack of interest by successive government ministers in curtailing the self-interested actions of rural elites.
The state capture inquiry shows that South Africa’s parliament needs to urgently end the uncertainty about whether or not shadow directors are governed by the Companies Act.
Ramaphosa is set to go down in the annals of history as an ANC president who presided over a tumultuous epoch in the party’s evolution.
Rob Davies is critical of economic policy, starting with the Mandela administration. He reserves particular criticism for its macroeconomic policy framework introduced in 1996.
Unlike most politicians but typical of a negotiator, South Africa’s president has not put his plans on the table for public scrutiny.
Ramaphosa’s rise to power in 2018 offered South Africans hope that he would end corruption. Indeed, he made promises to do so. But he has met with resistance, especially within the ANC.
Metaphors are not used for their own sake in politics, but as part of a strategy to persuade a particular audience to accept a point of view, and act accordingly
The former president is in a corner and largely isolated. His only option is to stir the pot so much that it gives him some kind of bargaining power.
Morals and laws are not binaries. They complement each other to enable harmonious coexistence.
Zuma shares ignominy with former US president Donald Trump who, like him, subverted democracy while in office.