The ANC is putting its MPs through a strict vetting process in the run-up to elections, much to the chagrin of some in Parliament.
In many cases, the lack of basic services comes down to government's poor management of money.
In a rapidly changing political landscape, the ANC appears worn out, writes Richard Calland.
Alcohol abuse breeds apathy and joblessness, and fuels abuse in an ever more vicious cycle.
President Yoweri Museveni's anti-pornography Act is no laughing matter despite a spirited protest against the miniskirt ban, writes Amy Fallon.
The treatment of Pistorius's neighbours as witnesses in his murder trial is typical of a system that leaves onlookers feeling like the accused.
While most eyes were glued on the pscar Pistorius trial, the Seriti arms deal and Marikana commissions continued their work.
Cannabis may well have beneficial properties, but experts warn that smoking it is still bad for your health.