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 […]
February 15, 2021

The public debate: a cure worse than the disease

By: Prof Steven Friedman HOLDING the government to account is key to any democracy. But when those able to do this denounce the government whatever it […]
February 15, 2021

COVID 19 Impact May Exacerbate Existing Educational Inequalities in South Africa.

By: Norah Hashim Msuya To contain the spread of COVID-19, most countries worldwide have decided to close educational institutions temporarily. However, learning has not stopped but […]
February 7, 2021

Is the Acquisition of the Vaccine the end of the pandemic? What remains unresolved?

By: Maria Goyayi The long-term success of the public health response to the coronavirus also known COVID-19 pandemic largely depends on the acquisition of immunity by […]
February 4, 2021

Our hollowed-out state has been stripped of the capacity to keep its promises on Budget and Sona

Revelations at the Zondo Commission are the tip of the iceberg. Much of the theft of public funds takes place far from the gaze of the […]
February 2, 2021

Political Party Funding Act: Four reasons the new legislation is a big win for our democracy

The enactment of the Political Party Funding Act is good news for democracy in South Africa. The benefits far outweigh the costs of non-disclosure of private […]
February 1, 2021

Confronting Corruption in South Africa: Whose work is it?

By: Lizzy Ofusori Corruption, which is the misuse of public office for an individual’s private gain, is getting too common in South Africa. It is essential […]