South Africa has seen a sharp rise in protests due to incompetence within its civil service.
Professionalism has to start with ministers for it to stand any chance of being embedded throughout the public service.
The ANC, which has governed South Africa since 1994, has failed to deal decisively against corruption in its midst.
The election of Port Elizabeth's first black mayor in 1995 signalled that the democratic change that had started in 1994 was irreversible. But problems lay ahead.
African National Congress top six leaders. The governing party’s wishes are sometimes out of kilter with the dictates of statecraft.
South Africa suffers capability deficiencies and institutional stasis due to poor political management.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his state of the nation address.
President Ramaphosa's state of the nation speech showed his preference for less contentious matters that attract praise, rather than catalytic decisions.
Anti-corruption protesters march on Parliament in Cape Town in 2017.
In South Africa, state corruption has taken hold with utter disregard for ethics and democratic norms in a cynical exploitation of the post-apartheid transformation agenda.
The town of Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown, and surrounds have suffered serious neglect by the local municipality.
The precedent-setting ruling may cause jitters in dysfunctional municipalities around the country.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa won’t have free reign when choosing his Cabinet.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has to ensure that reform of critical institutions is placed first. Everything else will be compromised if this fails.
None of South Africa’s political parties are offering middle class black people a home.
The black middle class are angry at their exclusion from mainstream economic activity.
Violent protests over the poor delivery of basic municipal services occur frequently in South Africa.
South Africa's dysfuctional municipalities are characterised by very poor, or no delivery, of basic services such as refuse collection.
The Vaal River in Gauteng, South Africa’s richest province, is polluted.
South Africa's local governments lack a clear separation of legislative and executive powers.
South Africa’s Auditor General Kimi Makwetu says most municipalities in the country are dysfunctional.
Nearly a third of South Africa's municipalities are not financially viable.
Democracy in South Africa is meaningless if it doesn't improve the lives of the people. To do this, the governing ANC must be led by conscientious, competent and interested leaders.