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Supporters of the African National Congress at its ‘victory’ rally in Johannesburg ahead of the 2024 general election. Zhang Yudong/Xinhua via Getty Images

Death of a liberation movement: how South Africa’s ANC became just a regular political party – with some help from Jacob Zuma

Never has the future of South Africa’s politics been more uncertain, but the one certainty is that the ANC’s standing as a liberation movement is dead.
Young jobless South African graduates protest outside the Union Buildings, the seat of government, in Pretoria. Frennie Shivambu/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Persisting inequality has made many young South Africans question the choices made by Nelson Mandela – podcast

The third and final part of our series What happened to Nelson Mandela’s South Africa on The Conversation Weekly podcast. Featuring interviews with Sithembile Mbete and Richard Calland.
The April 1994 international mediation team in South Africa, with Washington Okumu sitting between the US’s Henry Kissinger and the UK’s Peter Carrington. Washington Okumu, reused by Nancy J. Jacobs with permission

South Africa’s first election was saved by a Kenyan: the fascinating story of Washington Okumu, the accidental mediator

In a matter of days, one Kenyan’s intervention helped give South Africa a peaceful transition to its first post-apartheid government.
Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, SC, receives a hero’s welcome at Oliver Tambo International Airport on arrival from The Hague. Alaister Russell / AFP via Getty Images.

South Africa’s genocide case against Israel is the country’s proudest foreign policy moment in three decades

Palestine remains the single issue on which South Africa’s support for a people’s struggle has been unquestionably consistent.

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