April 19, 2021

The Covid-19 Crisis: A Year Later

By: Aubrey Matshiqi Writing this article was not easy. Once again, I was forced to doubt and question my sanity. How can it be that truths […]
April 16, 2021

Will South Africa face a second lost decade?

By: Jason Musyoka The lost decade? In January 2019, in Davos, president Ramaphosa claimed that South Africa was emerging from a lost decade. This rhetoric gathered […]
April 15, 2021

Police Brutality and Student Protest in South Africa

By: Maria Goyayi South Africa has a long-standing history of student protests that dates back to the apartheid era with anti-apartheid marches predating democracy. However, even […]
April 15, 2021

The Courts Are Under Siege – But The Core Problem Is Hidden

 By: Steven Friedman FOR the first time since 1994, questions are being asked about the one element of South African democracy on which everyone seemed to […]
April 15, 2021

The ANC voted together with Democratic Alliance to Pass Impeachment Inquiry Against The Public Protector: A ‘Marriage of convenience.’

By: Norah Msuya On Tuesday, 16 March 2021, members of the National Assembly voted for the decision favouring a Parliamentary inquiry looking into the Public Protector’s […]
April 6, 2021

Whistleblowing as a response to corruption and maladministration

By:  Lizzy Ofusori Introduction Whistleblowing is the actual exposure of misbehaviours of a junior or senior member of staff of an organization. These misbehaviours could vary […]
March 25, 2021

Democracy on the Run

By: Sanusha Naidu Introduction As we move towards the end of the first quarter of 2021, the democratic  landscape of the country seems to be unraveling […]
March 23, 2021

Seventeen years of the Pan-African Parliament: taking stock and reimagining its future

By: Bonolo Makgale and Tariro Sekeramayi Introduction Dr John Henrik Clarke once remarked, “History is not everything, but it is a starting point. History is a […]
March 19, 2021

A non-partisan intelligence service must be integral to our democratic project

By: Aubrey Matshiqi Some of the evidence that has been led at the Zondo Commission extends to allegations of impropriety in our intelligence services. The evidence, […]
March 19, 2021

The current state of play… and the bumpy road to municipal elections

By: Stef Terblanche Needless to say, the past year has brought havoc into our lives, and no less so also in the political life of the […]
March 18, 2021

Why Changing the Electoral System Won’t Change Much

By: Steven Friedman MAKING South African democracy work will take more than tweaking the way in which its citizens vote. Electoral reform – changing the way […]
March 17, 2021

South Africa’s traces of ideology as shadows of development failure

By: Dr. Jason Musyoka South Africa’s democratic transition is well in the rear-view mirror, and managing a dichotomous economy are is no longer foreign. The veracities […]
March 15, 2021

Constitutionalism, Rule of Law and Judiciary in South Africa: Quo Vadis?

By: Norah Msuya The South Africa constitutional democracy and the rule of law have been put under threat recently following the former president Jacob Zuma defiance […]
March 15, 2021

Covid-19, Rule of Law and Human Rights in South Africa

By: Maria Goyayi The COVID-19 pandemic is a disruptive moment in our time. The pandemic has shaken the very foundations of our societies, exposing the inequalities […]
March 1, 2021

The Future of Work in South Africa Post COVID-19: What needs to shift in the labour Ecosystem?

By: Lizzy Ofusori The devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the South African economy has been so enormous and overwhelming. These adverse effects started with […]
March 1, 2021

Politics, populism, smoke and mirrors, and elections in the time of Covid-19

By: Stef Terblanche When Julius Malema, that intrepid and fiery young leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) recently arrived in Trumpian style minus his red […]
February 23, 2021

How to professionalise local government: The time has come to translate good intentions and ideas into action

What is needed is not merely technical professionalisation, because a highly skilled government is not an end in itself. What is needed is a change of […]
February 22, 2021

Re-visiting the Keynesian state is a pre-requisite for recovering South Africa’s economy

By: Jason Musyoka (Ph.D.) Globally, nation states have started to pick the economic pieces left after the titanic-like crash of the Covid-19 pandemic. Different pharmaceutical companies […]
February 18, 2021

A false Sense of judicial exceptionalism and unfounded allegations against judges are a danger to the judiciary and the country

By: Aubrey Matshiqi What should reign supreme – political constitutionalism or legal constitutionalism? In a democracy, what should hold sway – the supremacy of the Constitution […]
February 18, 2021

The State of the Nation that was not to be

By: Sanusha Naidu Introduction It is with humility that I write this blog reflecting on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s 2021 State of the Nation Address (SONA). Of […]