Africa: New African Union Chief Puts Peace Back On the Agenda
The scene is not a familiar one at the African Union (AU): the AU Commission (AUC) chairperson, in shirtsleeves, walking in the blazing sun down an unpaved alley in a war-torn… Read more »
Africa: Clutching At Straws - SA's Reasons for Not Arresting Al-Bashir
In the first public hearing of its kind, the South African government explained to the International Criminal Court (ICC) why it failed to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir… Read more »
Africa: Can South Africa Risk Going Back Into CAR?
On an official visit to South Africa last week, Central African Republic (CAR) President Faustin-Archange Touadéra promised his counterpart Jacob Zuma that his country would… Read more »
South Africa: Nation Pays the Price of State Capture
When former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas made the startling claim that President Jacob Zuma's associates, the Guptas, had offered him the position of finance minister and… Read more »
South Africa: The Ruling ANC Faces Its Rubicon
Capitalism - the politically unmentionable - is the only force that can save South Africa from a looming economic catastrophe. But this salvation has become ever more imperilled as… Read more »
South Africa: Towards the ANC Policy Conference - What Hope for Renewal?
As African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe announced that Nelson Mandela Bay Regional Chairperson, Andile Lungisa, needed to step down as he was in… Read more »
South Africa: Will Zuma's Attempts to Zanufy South Africa Backfire?
'The ANC is using the Zanu-PF tactics of remaining in power,' South Africa's Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) declared this week. 'When Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF realised that it was likely… Read more »
Africa: South Africa's Ruling Party On Dealing With a Divided Continent
At the January African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, there was a palpable sense of how the re-admission of Morocco and other issues threaten to tear apart the continent. And… Read more »
Africa: SA Parliament Seeking Fresh Ways to Oversee the Executive
The recent enquiry from the South African Parliament into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) exposed the public broadcaster for its flouting of process; the board… Read more »
Africa: Dlamini Zuma Shuffles Out of Addis, and Into South Africa's Cabinet?
Outgoing African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has packed her bags and greeted staff at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. The farewell ceremony, on 1… Read more »
South Africa: Why Are South Africans Underreporting On Crime?
As South Africa's political environment deteriorates, so too does public safety. For the sixth consecutive year, the country is seeing increases in robbery and a continuation in… Read more »
South Africa: Xenophobia Again Jeopardises South Africa's Interests in Africa
The latest outburst of xenophobic violence in South Africa's political capital, Pretoria, and commercial capital, Johannesburg, is once again reverberating across the continent. Read more »
Africa: Think Again - the ICC Can Bring South Africa Back Into the Fold
Courtroom 2D of the North Gauteng High Court may be 13 000 kilometres away from The Hague, but the judgment handed down there this week could well determine the future of the… Read more »
Africa: The AU's (Other) ICC Strategy
At the recently concluded 28th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, heads of state and government adopted a decision on a strategy for withdrawing from the International… Read more »
South Africa: 'Regrettable Mayhem' and SONA 2017
'I must declare upfront that the mayhem that transpired in this House last Thursday is highly regrettable.' That's how Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency responsible for… Read more »
September 27, 2016
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 »
August 17, 2016
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 »
August 09, 2016
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 »
August 08, 2016
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 »
July 20, 2016
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 »
June 14, 2016
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 »
June 29, 2016
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 »
July 05, 2016
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 »
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