Residents in a Cape Town suburb queue to vote during previous municipal elections in South Africa.
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Concerns about socioeconomic well-being were the main reason why people voted for a certain political party.
Protesters gather in the middle of the road during a demonstration in Johannesburg.
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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.
Rob Davies, former South African trade and industry minister.
Rob Davies is critical of economic policy, starting with the Mandela administration. He reserves particular criticism for its macroeconomic policy framework introduced in 1996.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa at the Zondo Commission into state capture.
Unlike most politicians but typical of a negotiator, South Africa's president has not put his plans on the table for public scrutiny.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa faces a tricky time giving evidence about corruption. He wears two presidential hats: as head of the African National Congress, and the government.
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Ramaphosa will be eager to communicate his position that no one should be above scrutiny and that all parts of society,should be examined by the Commission.
South African chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s term ends in September.
The judicial process in South Africa is hugely contested. This places an exaggerated burden on the courts to act with maximum independence and impartiality.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign against corruption is being undermined from within the governing ANC.
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 rights entrenched in South Africa’s progressive constitution work for some, but not those living in abject poverty.
Whites lived well under apartheid and it is not absurd for black leaders to want all to live in the same way.
Two unemployed men tout for casual jobs on a street in Cape Town.
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened unemployment and poverty, showing the need for the government to permanently expand income support to working-age adults.
Automobile body shells hang from cradles on the assembly line at a car plant in South Africa.
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Policy changes that forced government departments to buy locally produced vehicles would be good for the economy.
Supporters of Ace Magashule, the secretary general of the ANC, protest outside the court where he appeared on corruption charges.
Morals and laws are not binaries. They complement each other to enable harmonious coexistence.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma deployed spies in factional battles within the governing party.
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.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma says he won’t comply with a Constitutional Court order to appear before a commission on corruption.
Zuma shares ignominy with former US president Donald Trump who, like him, subverted democracy while in office.
Jackson Mthembu is the most prominent South African politician to succumb to COVID-19.
Jackson Mthembu's death drives home the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Electricity customers should brace themselves for steeper increases.
The longer government dithers over how Eskom's debt will be paid, the bigger the problem becomes. Whatever the decision, electricity customers and taxpayers will feel the pinch.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule in court in Bloemfontein, on corruption charges.
For every office holder who may lose a seat because they are prosecuted, another job opens up.
The governing party’s good performance may signal confidence in the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Local government elections in South Africa have traditionally been characterised by low voter turnout.
Minibus taxis in Alexandra township, Johannesburg.
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Metropolitan municipalities are best placed to administer operating subsidies for minibus taxis.
Expenditure cuts require a political settlement that has failed to materialise under South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa.
South Africa's National Treasury now proposes to reduce salaries. On the face of it this seems sensible. But the fundamental issue is the structure of the public service.
Understakers have had to take special precautions following a spike in COVID-19 related burials.
While restrictions on civil and political liberties may be necessary to protect lives, human rights law requires that they go no further than what's strictly necessary to achieve this goal.