May 17, 2021

How the Pandemic is Reshaping the Higher Education in SA

By: Norah Msuya The Covid-19 pandemic is reshaping all scopes of life, including higher education. Its impact dictates how we interact with others, transforming how we […]
May 17, 2021

The (zombie) state and meaning of (our) democracy

“There is no such thing as society.” By: Aubrey Matshiqi, These words – seven of the most pernicious that, in terms of import and impact, have […]
May 15, 2021

The faction leader has asked me to tell you

Media Political Reporting and What It Means for Democracy By: Steven Friedman IF you are on the wrong end of a battle in the African National […]
May 14, 2021

The rational actor test for our democracy

By: Sanusha Naidu Introduction Following events of the last two weeks and, perhaps, more importantly since the negotiated transition of 1994, the country’s democratic dispensation has […]
May 13, 2021

Beyond the observers verdict: South Africa’s trap of unfree and unfair election cycle

By: Dr. Jason Musyoka Low key campaigns in South Africa The silly political season is upon us. The political theatre is increasingly active, in anticipation of […]
May 7, 2021

Ace is Suspended? So what now?

By: Sanusha Naidu Introduction In less than a week President Ramaphosa seems have to cracked the proverbial whip in the ANC. After his admission during his […]
May 7, 2021

Strengthening women’s political participation and decision making in South Africa

By: Lizzy Ofusori The active participation of women in politics is a fundamental right and both male and female are supposed to be on equal terms […]
May 3, 2021

Human Rights and COVID-19 Vaccines in South Africa

By: Maria Goyayi As the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic takes a new and very promising turn with the presence of vaccines, major concerns amongst which […]
April 28, 2021

The state of play after 27 years of democracy – what awaits us now?

By: Stef Terblanche In April and in this particular year, South Africa should be celebrating 27 years of democracy; one year of democratic freedom for every […]
April 22, 2021

State must fast track rights at all spheres to ensure no-one is left behind

Leaders must consider the barriers that limit the meaningful co-existence of asylum seekers and refugees and their SA hosts in cities. By: Dr. Paul Kariuki Migration […]
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 […]