On average, countries that adopt ethnic recognition experience less violence, more economic vitality, and more democratic politics.
South Africa needs a way to incorporate active citizens within the prevailing constitutional and legal structures, so as to strengthen all levels of government.
On October 25, Chilean citizens overwhelmingly voted to replace the country's dictator-era constitution. This is an opportunity to look at the process of drafting basic laws around the world.
African countries need to make a concerted effort to establish a continental two-term policy.
The fundamental structure of the current constitution, which is cast in classical Westminster conceptions, is unsuited for modern-day constitutionalism.
The judgment creates a new layer of uncertainty in an already highly fluid situation and heaps further unwelcome pressure onto government.
The doctrine of equality is ingrained both in theory and in the express provisions of Lesotho's constitution.
By placing less emphasis on public opinion, and questioning public morality as the basis of its decision, the latest High Court decision shows that times have indeed changed.
An effective, accountable National Prosecutions Authority needs at least two things: structural independence and competent personnel with expertise and integrity.
South Africa's constitution has been amended 17 times already. But, the procedure for doing so is onerous.
South Africans expect former president Zuma him to take responsibility and remedy his undemocratic and unconstitutional behaviour.
A tumultuous era has ended and there's a silver lining to the cloud that has been hanging over South Africa.
Both South Africa's courts and its legislature have failed to do their bit in creating a culturally diverse society.
Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane's takeover of responsibility for tackling the Western Cape water crisis blurs party and state lines.
Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to emphasise stability - in government and the ANC. Given his history he is likely to want to stabilise the economy rather than pursue radical interventions.
A week after the army issued its limp-wristed and ambiguous statement that Mugabe should go, he remains in place, and a new avenue - impeachment - is being pursued to get rid of him.
Zambia has gone from a country where people engaged freely in open political debate to one where most people now look over their shoulders to see who’s listening.
The public protector's proposal to change the mandate of South Africa's Reserve Bank goes well beyond changing individual rules to overturning their very foundation, anchored in the Constitution.
The internal processes of South Africa's ruling ANC for electing the president is distorted by money, patronage, factionalism and vote-rigging. It negates the democratic legitimacy the party claims.
President Jacob Zuma's grounds for appeal are surreal. He invokes the meaning of a rule set by the apartheid context he ferociously fought against, to justify his executive action in a democracy.