South Africa: Marikana Scene 2 Uncovered
Most people in South Africa know about the fatal shootings at Marikana platinum mine on 16 August 2012 as police attempted to break up a week-old strike. But the television footage… Read more »
Africa: Heroin Hits South Africa Along the 'Highway to Impunity'
The volume of heroin being trafficked through Southern and East Africa's coastal countries has risen dramatically in recent years. This Southern Route - or, as some jaded observers… Read more »
Madagascar: South African Intervention Stabilizes Situation
Thanks to the efforts of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, together with others in the international community, Madagascar's political conflict has largely stabilised in… Read more »
Africa: Will Brics Deliver Concrete Benefits to Africa?
Once the pomp and ceremony and the rhetoric have been subtracted, did the 10th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in South Africa deliver much for Africa? Read more »
South Africa: South Africa's Police Must Be Where the Crime Is
South Africans are 13% more likely to be murdered than six years ago. At 34 murders per 100 000 people, the murder rate is almost six times the global average. Read more »
South Africa: Tackling Graft Through a Strong Criminal Justice System
Can South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa contribute to Nelson Mandela's vision, and improve the chances of his own New Dawn becoming a reality? 'We have introduced a rule of… Read more »
South Africa: Corruption Is Fuelling Cash-in-Transit Heists
Cash-in-transit robbery is one of the fastest growing forms of aggravated robbery in South Africa. It poses a significant threat to public safety and South Africa's economy. Read more »
South Africa: Time for South Africa to Invest in Its Youth
As South Africa commemorates the role of its youth in the struggle against apartheid on 16 June, a big question is whether young people are a risk, or a benefit, to the country's… Read more »
Africa: Africa Will Be Pretoria's Real Testing Ground On Foreign Policy
This week, in her maiden budget speech as South Africa's minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu promised a thorough review of South Africa's foreign… Read more »
South Africa: New Middle-Power Country Partners for South Africa?
After a decade in the foreign policy wilderness, South Africa is looking to reshape its global and African footprint. An Institute for Security Studies (ISS) analysis of… Read more »
South Africa: Public Trust Must Be SA Police's Top Priority
For General Khehla Sitole, the new South African Police Service (SAPS) national commissioner, 'stamping the authority of the state' is the top priority, as outlined in the SAPS'… Read more »
South Africa: How Prioritising Education in South Africa Can Prevent Violence
In the early afternoon, five days a week, a school bell disrupts the stillness in the streets of Touwsranten, a village 30km east of George, South Africa. The sound of more than… Read more »
South Africa: South Africa's Damaged Intelligence System Is At a Crossroads
South Africa's new Crime Intelligence head Peter Jacobs has a mountain to climb in order to fix the mess Richard Mdluli left behind. Minister Bheki Cele's announcement on 29 March… Read more »
Africa: South Africa and Nigeria Are Crucial for Continental Initiatives
The impressive turnout at the African Union's Extraordinary Summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on 21 March showed the continent's united fervour to boost… Read more »
South Africa: South Africa Can Balance Its Water System, but the Clock Is Ticking
South Africa's water system hangs in the balance, as residents of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay know all too well. But around the world cities, regions and countries have faced… Read more »
South Africa: How to Free South Africa's Police After State Capture
Now that South Africa has undergone a profound political shift with the appointment of President Cyril Ramaphosa, the hard work of rebuilding various state institutions must begin.… Read more »
Africa: Is Gaddafi Still Dispensing Largesse From the Grave?
The news that Bashir Saleh Bashir, former chief of staff and reputed 'banker' to the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, was shot last Friday in Johannesburg has again raised… Read more »
South Africa: Can SA's Parliament Redeem Itself As an Oversight Mechanism?
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has inherited a country in disarray. Public finances are a mess and it will take time to strengthen democratic institutions and entrench a… Read more »
South Africa: Budgeting to End Violence?
Surely no one would want to trade places with South Africa's Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba on 21 February when he presents the national budget to Parliament. Political… Read more »
Africa: South Africa's Water Crisis Is Bigger Than the Cape
South Africa is running out of water. Not just Cape Town, the entire country. The problem is most immediate in the Mother City, but the country has been overexploiting its national… Read more »
Southern Africa: A Wind of Change Blows Through the Region
It was an eventful 2017 for the Southern African region. The end of an era, it seemed, as political dinosaurs shuffled off the stage. In September, Angolan president José… Read more »
South Africa: Can Ramaphosa Revitalise South Africa's Foreign Policy?
Many South Africans are hoping that Cyril Ramaphosa will inject badly needed energy, integrity and economic savvy into the country's lacklustre and sometimes corrupt and… Read more »
Southern Africa: It's Time for Africa to Act on the DR Congo
The AU must resume its leadership role; taking a back seat to SADC is a recipe for inaction. Read more »
December 14, 2017
South Africa: Nation's Squandered Chance to Show Real Leadership
Last year South Africa announced its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). But the country's efforts were stalled when the Pretoria high court ruled in… Read more »
December 11, 2017
South Africa: Accurate Statistics Are Needed for Farm Murder Debate
Recently thousands of farmers, supporters and sympathisers took to South Africa's streets in an emotional but peaceful protest against the violent attacks on and murders of those… Read more »
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