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 violence wreaked its damage because South Africa’s journey to democracy remains incomplete. It sends a sharp message that the country must look its past far more squarely in the eye.
South Africa can’t possibly remain the same country in the aftermath of this mayhem. There are just too many storms ahead to simply continue unchanged.
The problem in municipalities is not that the wrong people are being chosen. It is that the wrong people are doing the choosing – not only of candidates but of what they do if elected.
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.
Unlike most politicians but typical of a negotiator, South Africa’s president has not put his plans on the table for public scrutiny.
In the country’s insider politics, the majority who try to survive outside the formal economy are talked about, but are never heard.
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.
The existing electoral system has attracted extensive criticism for rendering elected representatives unaccountable to those who elected them.
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.
Revelations show that the State Security Agency did little to safeguard the country and much to protect Zuma’s political faction and to funnel public money into private ends.
Zuma shares ignominy with former US president Donald Trump who, like him, subverted democracy while in office.
The trouble is that the ANC’s branch structure, designed initially as a means of grassroots democracy at work, is in a mess.
For every office holder who may lose a seat because they are prosecuted, another job opens up.
Journalists need to hold firmly to the ethical standards that assure audiences their work is reliable and credible.
The bigger parties which contest elections at all three levels would benefit the most – but voters might split their votes.
The book is set to heighten the debate about the future of the party, whose dominance has been in decline since 2009.
Moe Shaik fancies himself as an analyst who can read people well. And yet, he has a rather large blind spot for his leaders – until they fall out with him.
South Africa suffers capability deficiencies and institutional stasis due to poor political management.