South Africa's rural communities where mining licenses have been granted are often excluded from consultations and bear the brunt having their environment and livelihoods destroyed.
The contested law also defines the jurisdiction of traditional leaders in terms of territory. But traditional community boundaries are actually set by personal relationships.
Ramaphosa couldn't appoint people with a cloud over their heads, especially given his stated commitment to a clean and effective government.
The recent election has shown again that the extremism which worries democrats in much of the world has little traction in South Africa.
As South Africa marks 25 years of freedom, many citizens have to contend with the harsh reality that they can't eat democracy.
The action plan offers no information about budgets, oversight, clear standards for measuring progress or accountability mechanisms.
Land reform programme has done very little to improve access to land for black South Africans.
The law aimed at fighting gangs lacks the power to disrupt their activities.
The state capture inquiry is a remarkable political as well as legal event.
Villagers from a community in South Africa's Eastern Cape fought to be consulted and for the power to consent to mining their land.
South Africa's electoral commission's failure to ensure a credible voters' roll threatens to undo its legacy of free and fair elections.
Failure by South Africa's municipalities to provide housing for the poor violates a Constitutional Court ruling.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court has performed remarkably well in protecting democracy since 1995.
South Africa has made progress towards interrupting the looting of land by chiefs, state officials and mining capital.
Initiatives to boost South Africa’s economy could reinforce structural weaknesses without addressing the high levels of inequality.
South Africans have a right to know why the lapses at Sunday Times occurred and why those that spoke up against them were silenced.
The legalisation of the private use of cannabis in South Africa is a victory for human rights. But, much more work needs to be done to make it practical.
South Africa's dysfuctional municipalities are characterised by very poor, or no delivery, of basic services such as refuse collection.
An effective, accountable National Prosecutions Authority needs at least two things: structural independence and competent personnel with expertise and integrity.
South Africa's constitution has been amended 17 times already. But, the procedure for doing so is onerous.