Politicians' knee jerk dismissal of an idea that could help rehabilitate ex-offenders is
Troubles in South Africa's coalition-led local governments are affecting accountability, governance stability and service delivery.
South Africa's official opposition, the Democratic Alliance needs to face its racial dilemmas.
Legislation to control the private funding of political parties in South Africa is long overdue.
ANC renewal and the war on corruption is one thing. But transforming the character of the South African political economy is quite another.
Unexpressed racism may be even more dangerous if it's left lurking below the surface.
The Democratic Alliance is potentially in a good position to challenge the ANC, which governs South Africa, for power.
South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has done well so far but more challenges relating to reigniting the economy lie ahead.
Meeting the challenges from the opposition will strengthen the ANC's dominance. How well its new leadership copes will become clearer over the next few months.
Zuma's almost daily scandals and missteps provided his opponents with perfect electoral fodder. A competent president is the last thing they need.
Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane's takeover of responsibility for tackling the Western Cape water crisis blurs party and state lines.
A drought levy is being proposed for water scarce Cape Town. The levy is facing wide opposition and there are claims it's punitive and punishes those trying to save water.
Instead of ignoring his accusers, South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa entertained them, tried to silence them through court, and then revealed a long-past affair of little interest.
Are different ways of governing emerging from South Africa's cities governed by opposition coalitions?
South African President Jacob Zuma, should be worried about the outcome of the no confidence vote in him. His legitimacy in the ANC and the country has plummeted.
The motion of no confidence against South Africa's President Jacob Zuma showcased tension at the heart of South Africa’s democracy. Should MPs have the right to vote according to their conscience?
The huge hype ahead of the vote of no confidence in President Zuma made the result anti-climactic. However, the fact that the motion was defeated by only a 21 vote margin is unprecedented.
With the ANC in crisis, the Democratic Alliance seemed to be getting it right. But then came a flurry of inexplicably tactless tweets.
President Jacob Zuma has been brought to book repeatedly by South Africa's courts. He also faces a rising tide of discontent. One way or another, he seems to be running out of political lives.
A motion of no confidence - secret or open - in South Africa's president will be destabilising. There's value in ensuring that such a hefty decision is made openly and with courage of conviction.