South Africa: Political Interference Weakening the Rule of Law
One of the founding values of democratic South Africa is 'the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law'. The World Justice Project defines 'rule of law' as 'the process by… Read more »
South Africa: What Is At Stake for New Councils?
The 8% decline in the voters' support for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party between 2011 and 2016 represents a fundamental shift in South African politics. Read more »
South Africa: Nation's Terror Links are Real
Since the bombings by People against Gangsterism and Drugs (PAGAD) in Cape Town in the late 1990s, there has not been a serious terror attack in South Africa. Yet links continue to… Read more »
South Africa: Will the ANC Get the Electorate's Message?
After a busy three days of counting, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declared South Africa's 2016 local government elections 'free and fair'. The IEC's admirable efforts… Read more »
South Africa: Supporting SA's New Police Leadership
'If you want to help improve policing, it makes sense to have contact with the generals who run the police', says Gareth Newham, head of the Governance, Crime and Justice division… Read more »
South Africa: You Only Listen When I'm Violent
Violent protest action in South Africa has led to more than a billion rands of damage to state and private infrastructure in recent months. Last week, Higher Education Minister… Read more »
Africa: Preventing Torture and Ill Treatment in Africa's Prisons
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the UK-based Omega Research Foundation are working with government officials and civil society to help protect the rights of prisoners… Read more »
South Africa: Finally, Good News From the SAPS
When Riah Phiyega was appointed as national commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in June 2012, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) raised concerns that the… Read more »
South Africa: Tools of Torture - Nation's Trade in Electric Shock Equipment
In South Africa, various types of electric shock devices are authorised for use by law enforcement officials. These include stun belts, stun shields, stun batons, stun guns and… Read more »
South Africa: Is Nation Heading Towards a Political Turning Point?
South Africa may fast be approaching a political turning point - but things will get worse before they get better. Read more »
South Africa: Election Violence - Should South Africa Be Worried?
In the last couple of weeks, South Africa's major political parties have begun publishing their manifestos and candidate lists and positioning themselves for the municipal… Read more »
South Africa: Cry, the Beloved Youth
16 June 1976 represented a turning point in the history of South Africa. On this day, young people stood up and took responsibility for the change they believed in and wanted to… Read more »
South Africa: Stopping South Africa's Cycles of Violence
'Inxeba lenlitziyo' - an isiXhosa term meaning 'wound of the heart' - perfectly describes what lies behind violence in South Africa, and why efforts to 'fight crime' cannot deliver… Read more »
Africa: South Africa Uses Africa Day to Rethink Xenophobia
Xenophobia has swept across parts of Africa like a thunderstorm, leaving death and destruction in its wake. In the past few weeks, xenophobic violence against Rwandans was reported… Read more »
South Africa: Better Policing of Public Protests
Public confidence in the South African Police Service (SAPS) has deteriorated in recent years. The 2012 Marikana massacre that led to the shooting of 112 striking mineworkers, 34… Read more »
South Africa: Disgraced Police Commissioner Unlikely to Survive Conduct Inquiry
A little over a year after police officers shot 112 striking mine workers at Marikana, killing 34 of them, President Jacob Zuma spoke of the South African Police Service's (SAPS)… Read more »
South Africa: The Concourt Has Done Its Work, but Politics Remains Messy
Since the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) judgment on the Nkandla matter, South Africans have heard many strange and wonderful interpretations of the judgment itself. The first, of… Read more »
South Africa: Why Does Elite Corruption-Busting Agency Suffer From a Credibility Problem?
It's a simple question: can the South African Police Service's (SAPS) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI), or the Hawks, as they are more popularly known, be… Read more »
South Africa: Zuma Diplomacy Promotes His Business Interests - Claim
It's long been suspected that the domestic ‘state capture' under the Zuma administration, which is so much in the news currently, also applies very much to South Africa's… Read more »
South Africa: Nkandla Judgment - High Noon for President Zuma
Institutions matter. Read more »
South Africa: Of Downgrades and Divisions - Which Way Out for South Africa?
The months ahead will determine the future of the South African democracy project. If the country is downgraded to sub-investment grade status, it will extend the impact of the… Read more »
South Africa: Services for Rape Survivors Come Under Threat
South African newspapers recently reported that organisations supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria face severe funding cuts. Read more »
Africa: Zuma's Lost Opportunity in Burundi
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has been active on the foreign policy front in the last few weeks - with varying degrees of success. At the end of last month he travelled to… Read more »
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