Africa's heads of state have paid tribute to former president Nelson Mandela, who they say shaped democracy on the continent.
Verashni Pillay hopes Africans can move from a hormonal defence of certain emotive issues to a consistent approach to our democracy.
Senegal's President Macky Sall kicked out his foreign and interior ministers in a major government reshuffle on Monday.
The Mail & Guardian takes a look at the continent's new and not-so-new leaders who were elected into office this year.
Senegal has voted for a new Parliament with Macky Sall seeking a majority to put his policies into action after ousting Abdoulaye Wade in March.
Abdoulaye Wade's two decades in power has come to an end, partly because of civil society's impatience with the graft within the Senegal government.
The Senegalese drama teaches us that we need strongly rooted institutions to help govern African states, not super-centralised monoliths.
Senegal's Macky Sall, a 50-year-old geologist, ended Abdoulaye Wade's tenacious rule by triumphing over his mentor.
Senegal's newly-elected president Macky Sall, a technocrat, has been seen as ideal to begin fixing a variety of pressing problems for the country.
Senegal's president elect Macky Sall has hailed a new era after triumphing over veteran leader Abdoulaye Wade in Sunday's runoff presidential vote.
Macky Sall's victory in Senegal's runoff elections has become a beacon of hope for Africa's younger leaders, writes Percy Zvomuya.
Senegal leader Abdoulaye Wade has admitted defeat in the West African nation's contentious presidential elections, and congratulated rival Macky Sall.
Macky Sall has his first shot at Senegal's presidency this weekend after falling out with his mentor and now opponent, President Abdoulaye Wade.