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.
The proposed amendment to the constitution represents a critical juncture in South African constitutional politics.
President Ramaphosa's state of the nation speech showed his preference for less contentious matters that attract praise, rather than catalytic decisions.
Ramaphosa’s detractors are unlikely to succeed in their rumoured bid. And, their failure will not be because they’ve suddenly become weak within the administration.
Ramaphosa is constrained by his tenuous control over South Africa's governing party, the ANC.
The task team established to investigate political killings in KwaZulu-Natal has had little impact on exposing those behind the violence.
The year ahead promises to be a very difficult but also a very decisive year for South Africa. Is President Ramaphosa equal to the challenge?
The most that may be hoped for from the party's annual statement is evidence of a president who is confident, clear and courageous.
South Africa's parliamentary system would make it difficult to achieve a fusion of parties.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation, like South Africa itself, is a symbol of contradictions. While there are bad people who work for it, there are also many good ones.
South Africans seem to be fascinated with the way in which spying is entwined in the country’s politics.
As a branch of government, the courts must naturally be accountable for the exercise of their power. The means of achieving their accountability must be balanced against their necessary independence.
The Public Protector's Office has become embroiled in political scandals under the current incumbent, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Secrecy over who funds political parties should trigger fears that government decisions will reflect the wishes of large donors.