The extent to which presidents adhere to the constitutional written code will have profound implications in relation to their use of executive power.
The posturing is bound to continue. But at the age of 78 Jacob Zuma’s long day in the sun is over.
Former presidents Obasanjo and Mbeki have arguably made the most important contribution to Africa in the 21st Century by promoting peace, democracy, regional integration and pan-Africanism.
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.
Mandela left at the right time in 1999, when the country still seemed in a healthy state, after which he consolidated his international reputation.
Book sheds new light on the evolution of the economic policy of the African National Congress, South Africa’s governing party.
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.
Usually when a leader handles a crisis poorly, it’s politically costly. But President Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis is not likely to hurt him, says an expert on health crises.
Xenophobia negates the spirit of pan-Africanism, especially its ideal that Africans share a mutual bond, regardless of their geographical location.
It remains to be seen how much longer the ‘old men syndrome’ will persist in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa, despite growing frustration among the politically powerless.
Faced with the same problem, South Africa is turning to the familiar toolkit to explain a recurrent problem.
By positioning himself as a loveable granddad to supporters and the punchline of a joke to his opposition, Zuma adroitly defangs the very serious charges against him.
The April 1994 election proved to be a watershed for South Africa.
It’s easy to report on access and inputs, but much more difficult to achieve educational quality and meaningful outcomes.
The Cabinet signals to the Zuma faction that the Ramaphosa group believes their star is waning and that they are not strong enough to turn the tide.
Much deeper social forces underlie the struggles within the governing ANC and society over the shape of the economy.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has to show that he’s a decisive leader who can take unpopular decisions.
Apartheid has been removed from the statute books for almost three decades. But a de facto apartheid endures both economically and socially.
ANC renewal and the war on corruption is one thing. But transforming the character of the South African political economy is quite another.