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African National Congress treasurer Paul Mashatile wants more money for political parties from the government. Antonio Muchave/Sowetan/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Why South Africans need to give political parties more money

Since parties always need money, forcing them to depend on private funders means throwing them into the hands of donors who will demand favours for their cash.
The ANC, which has governed South Africa since 1994, has failed to deal decisively against corruption in its midst. EFE-EPA/Yeshiel Panchia

New book shows how corruption took root in democratic South Africa

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.
Cyril Ramaphosa, the new president of South Africa’s governing party, the ANC, and potentially the country’s future president. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

The ANC has a new leader: but South Africa remains on a political precipice

South Africa's ruling ANC has a new leader - Cyril Ramaphosa. But this doesn't mean that the country is out of the woods. Political instability remains a real possibility.
Supporters of Joao Lourenco and the ruling MPLA during an election campaign rally in Luanda. EPA/Manuel de Almeida

Angola’s ruling party regains power but faces legitimacy questions

Angola's recent election results showed the ruling MPLA losing support across the country. If opposition claims are to be taken seriously, the losses could be more severe than they appear.

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