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Paul Kariuki

Paul Kariuki

Dr Paul Kariuki is the director of the Democracy Development Program in Durban. 
    Flailing coalitions are failing democracy in SA
    Flailing coalitions are failing democracy in SA
    The Democratic Alliance’s recent leadership difficulties are raising questions about the efficacy of coalitions in South Africa.
    Law and order essential to democracy
    Law and order essential to democracy
    It has been a traumatic time in South Africa. In just one week, the nation has been exposed to extreme levels of violence and the violation of...
    Citizens and civil society must fight to protect our democracy
    Citizens and civil society must fight to protect our democracy
    For 25 years, South Africa’s maturing democracy has experienced its fair share of twists and turns. On what would have been Nelson Mandela’s...
    Urgent measures needed to address the poor state of municipalities
    Urgent measures needed to address the poor state of municipalities
    The recent auditor general’s 2017-2018 report on the state of municipalities in South Africa is shocking. The extent of poor governance has...
    Youth are agents of change in our democracy
    Youth are agents of change in our democracy
    Young people are an integral part of our democracy. They are a demographic that is mobilising across society, demanding an opportunity to...
    Push towards living the South African dream
    Push towards living the South African dream
    South Africa is at a crossroads as the nation prepares for the elections on May 8. The elections find the nation, firstly, sandwiched between...
    All our rights should be for all our people
    All our rights should be for all our people
    South Africa has come a long way since 1994 as far as civil liberties are concerned. 
    Budget 2019: Citizens and civil society cannot afford to relax
    Budget 2019: Citizens and civil society cannot afford to relax
    Most people said the budget address by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni was doom and gloom, as it confirmed the worsening state of the nation’s...
    Civil society in 2019 — the year of redemption and renewal
    Civil society in 2019 — the year of redemption and renewal
    In 2018, civil society observed a rise in civic activism, a spirited effort by ordinary citizens that challenged the status quo in many ways,...
    Grassroots democracy begins with open ward committees
    Grassroots democracy begins with open ward committees
    Citizen participation is an essential element of our constitutional democracy. South Africa is one of the few countries in the world with a liberal...
    State failure hurts tax collection
    State failure hurts tax collection
    Since democracy in 1994, the government has been promoting a developmental local government that is responsive to the needs of citizens.
    Municipal reports need to be public-friendly
    Municipal reports need to be public-friendly
    South Africa is in a critical phase of its democratic dispensation. It is still institutionalising and strengthening its democratic governance...