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William Gumede

William Gumede

William Gumede is Associate Professor, School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is Executive Chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation and former Deputy Editor and Managing Editor of The Sowetan.During the anti-apartheid struggle, Gumede held several leadership positions in South African student, civics and trade union movements. He was a political violence mediator and area coordinator for the National Peace Committee during the multiparty negotiations for a democratic South Africa and was seconded to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is the bestselling author of several books including, "Thabo Mbeki & the Battle for the Soul of the ANC” and "The Poverty of Ideas: South African Democracy and the Retreat of the Intellectuals" amongst several others.
African Union must adapt to the winds of change
African Union must adapt to the winds of change
The African Union is illsuited in its current form to secure quality democracy, inclusive development and peace on the continent.
Rent-seeking is gobbling up our economy
Rent-seeking is gobbling up our economy
CORRUPTION
Honest politics needed to slay racism dragon
Honest politics needed to slay racism dragon
Poor governance, endemic corruption and self-enrichment at the expense of the poor black masses by South African and African ruling parties,...
Boost Africa's economy with knowledge
Boost Africa's economy with knowledge
CommentGiven desperately scarce economic, human and knowledge resources, African and South African universities will have to...
Time to end academia's ivory trade
Time to end academia's ivory trade
South African and African higher education institutions must redefine themselves away from being “ivory towers”, and with greater urgency...
If the ANC's rivals are all right, what's left?
If the ANC's rivals are all right, what's left?
Twenty years since the founding of South Africa's democracy, the country's existing party political system, the parties and their leaders...
Complicated relationship holds Brics back
Complicated relationship holds Brics back
The success of the Brics partnership of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will depend on whether individual members can overcome the...
A tale of two writers
A tale of two writers
Blame the press(ident) by William Gumede