In spite of noble promises in their constitutions, many countries have a very restrictive approach to demonstrations.
Community radio stations have thrown themselves into the political discussion with gusto.
The current crisis in British politics is significant for countries like South Africa where a change in electoral systems is needed.
To claim that protests are being organised suggests sinister motives. But all protest is organised. So are cake sales and shopping expeditions.
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.
Polls indicate that South Africans are unlikely to totally abandon the African National Congress.
Troubles in South Africa's coalition-led local governments are affecting accountability, governance stability and service delivery.
Nearly a third of South Africa's municipalities are not financially viable.
Governing parties and officials need to take note of the frustration being expressed by ordinary South Africans.
The International Monetary Fund's view of how to fix South Africa's economy deserves to be seriously considered.
The political cost of corruption is reaching unacceptable levels in South Africa. Reversing the effects of state decay on the poor will take short and long term interventions.